The Met Office, the United Kingdom’s national weather service based in Exter, has predicted that, in 2024, there is a good chance of the global average surface temperature passing the 1.5º C mark (The Met Office analysis has 2023 as 1.46 º C above the pre-industrial average). With 2023 being the hottest year on record shattering previous records, as well as the expectations of many climate scientists, researchers say that 2024 could even be worse. That’s one of the many new realities of climate change.
This situation is largely attributed to our actions and operations as humans, most of which are harmful to the environment. With this new development in climate change, it is more important than ever to be more eco-friendly, to protect our planet from man-made damage. From reducing waste to adopting eco-friendly habits, here are five ways we can make sustainable changes to lessen the negative effects.
Combat climate change with these ecofriendly tips below.
Reduce Single-Use Plastics
One of the most pressing environmental issues of our time is the use of single-use plastics. This year, resolve to reduce your consumption of plastic products by opting for reusable alternatives. Invest in a durable water bottle, bring your shopping bags to the grocery store, and say no to plastic straws and utensils whenever possible. By making conscious choices to minimize plastic waste, you can contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet.
Conserve Energy and Water
Conserving energy and water is essential for reducing your carbon footprint and promoting sustainability. Make it a priority to turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use, switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, and unplug electronics when they’re fully charged. Additionally, be mindful of your water usage by fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and watering your plants efficiently. By adopting these simple practices, you can lower your utility bills while conserving precious resources.
Eat More Plant-Based Meals
The food we eat has a significant impact on the environment, with animal agriculture being a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. This year, challenge yourself to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet. Explore delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes that feature fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Not only are plant-based foods better for the planet, but they also offer numerous health benefits and support animal welfare.
Consumer choices play a powerful role in shaping the future of our planet. When shopping for goods and services, prioritize brands and products that prioritize sustainability and ethical practices. Look for eco-friendly certifications, such as Fair Trade and USDA Organic, and support companies that use renewable materials, minimize packaging and prioritize ethical labor practices. By voting with your wallet, you can encourage positive change throughout the supply chain and support businesses that align with your values.
Embrace Zero Waste Living
The concept of zero waste living revolves around reducing, reusing, and recycling materials to minimize waste sent to landfills. Take steps to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle by avoiding disposable products, composting organic waste, and repurposing items whenever possible. Invest in reusable containers, jars, and bags for storing food and household items, and be mindful of packaging when making purchases. By embracing the principles of zero-waste living, you can significantly reduce your environmental impact and inspire others to do the same.
The new year presents an opportunity to reevaluate our habits and make conscious choices that benefit both ourselves and the planet. By committing to these eco-friendly resolutions, you can play a vital role in protecting the environment and building a more sustainable future for generations to come. Let’s make 2024 a year of positive change and meaningful impact.