For the last year, the pandemic has transformed the way we live, impacting everything from how we work to how we socialize. The good news is that the restrictions from the pandemic have made many people become more conscious of their carbon footprints. In April 2020, a poll by Ipsos found that 71 per cent of people in 14 countries felt that climate change was as serious a crisis as the pandemic. In July 2020, a survey by green energy provider Bulb found that more than a third of the UK public lived more sustainably during lockdown. Meanwhile, a US survey conducted by the Boston Consultancy Group found that 70 per cent of people were more aware of their environmental impacts than before.
When we think about ‘healing the environment’ or ‘becoming more sustainable’ it can often feel quite tough to know where to turn or how to begin. Most of us wish to try to live more sustainable, or to lessen our impact on the world around us, but it’s not always easy to do. Furthermore, it’s not always easy to measure when we’re actually doing good as opposed to simply feeling good. But how do you help the environment, even in your own way? This is a question worth asking. Over time, doing so can help you focus on what’s actually in your power as opposed to what may be integrated into your schedule without being sustainable.
It’s also a good idea to help the environment in a way that helps bring satisfaction to your own life. Keeping bees, for instance, can be a great way to nurture healthy bee populations while also serving as a fantastic and sometimes even semi-profitable activity. Of course, you have to like working with bees for it to work. I love local honey and am leary of dealing with little insects with stingers. but there are other opportunities that fit your personality and needs.
Let’s consider other actions that may appeal to you:
Use Your Buying Power
A. Avoiding products which have a lot of packaging is the most popular change according to surveys with 57% globally saying they are ‘likely’ to change their behavior on this in the next year.
B. Avoid buying new goods, mending what you have or buying used products instead are other ways many people have changed their behavior. (52% globally).
C. Make purchases that are in line with your overall desire to help the environment. For instance, purchasing clothes that have been knit from sustainable sources and hand crafted as often as you can will help those fashion initiatives really tackling environmental pollution head-on. You may also wish to eat more vegan foods even if you don’t identify with veganism or follow it, because your impact can help reduce the difficulties of the agricultural industry at large. Reducing meat consumption can impact serious environmental problems from animal cultivation.
With these efforts, you’re much more likely to develop a certain taste for ethical consumption, and also you’ll be much more aware of what your options are.
Save Energy at Home
Surveys indicate that 50% of the populations studies were trying to save energy at home. Sometimes just changing the temperature a couple of degrees can not only help to conserve energy, but also lower your utilities. The use of solar and sustainable energy can be a tremendous help in cutting emissions and in making sure long-term sustainable use is profitable and even the default. If installing solar is not in your budget, consider community solar farms, for which New Yorkers can sign up here. In some areas they offer this kind of integrative community option, allowing for you to funnel additional energy sourced from solar into your standard utility bill. Little purchases you make, such as kinetic torches instead of battery-powered options, can be thoroughly helpful in the long run too.
It’s not always useful for us to tie ‘being environmentally ethical’ with spending money, as not everyone can always achieve or prioritize this outside of the small habits we have every day. For that reason, educating ourselves can be helpful. Focusing on learning about our daily habits and how they might be harmful, or the efficacy of installing energy-saving bulbs in our households, or even sharing articles we find interesting on social media can all have an effect in the long run. In this respect, we can help in our own way and don’t have to feel excluded.
Hopefully we can more easily help the environment in our own way. Every little bit helps.
This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.
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