Changing your lifestyle might sound quite daunting to you if you are just scratching the surface on climate change and learning of the impacts we have on the planet as individuals.
I have been heading down the path of sustainable living for just over a year now and I can assure you it sure isn't easy however, it can be very rewarding! Changing our lifestyles is the first and most important step we can make towards taking action on climate change.
You never stop learning in this field, there is always something more you could be doing to live more sustainably. Sometimes in our busy lives it can be quite difficult to make these changes but once you've made them it's usually quite easy to continue.
I believe that sustainable development is equally everyones responsibility from individuals to companies to manufactures to governments. It needs to change from the top down and the bottom up. We all have the ability to change the world for the better, all it takes is a simple change of habits applied by billions.
Here is what sustainable development looks like as a Venn diagram:
I have put together a list of lifestyle changes we can begin making today, to reduce our carbon footprint and even become healthier, happier beings in the process! I tried to keep it as short as I could while also passing on the some of the critical information I have learned as to why we should make these changes... This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Diet: You've probably heard this one before and yes our diet is one of the most impactful ways we can reduce our emissions. Meat, particularly beef is among the highest producers of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
Cattle farming leads to heavy deforestation, natural habitat loss, (feed) mono-cropping, methane emissions, unethical animal treatment and much more.
If we all cut down on meat consumption it will make a huge difference!
Another thing which many of us don't think of is food miles, if you buy food that comes from overseas, particularly fresh food, it has an even larger impact because that food is usually flown in by airplane to ensure it gets to the consumer before going bad.