Implementing habits of sustainability isn’t just a way of life, but an imperative virtue that characterizes the very core of one’s lifestyle itself. As a responsible citizen, our liability towards the environment inevitably multiplies. However, if you are aiming at living more sustainably in 2020, expecting things to change overnight might be a little vague and this is why we would recommend you to take baby strides towards fulfilling the same. In the following section, we will be jotting down 5 ideas that will assist you in getting the ball rolling and eventually help to catch up with the momentum of the transformation.
One of the biggest issues boosting the ever-swelling pace of climate change in the present era is the uncontrolled emissions from automobiles on the road and the giant birds flying across the sky. Did you know that nearly 12% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the USA are generated by airplanes? Well, if you didn't already, then memorize this configuration so that whenever you delineate the plans for your next trip, you choose to travel smarter. If you are bound to opt for an airplane, make sure to procure carbon offsets while confirming the tickets in order to tread through a more fuel-efficient recourse than the conventional ones. Furthermore, when out on the road, resort to public transportation, take a walk or ride your bike to the destination to steer away from driving your own vehicle under all circumstances.
According to some of the world’s leading environmentalists, a major alteration that we can bring about to reach our goal of being more sustainable this year is consuming less. There is an unprecedented principle that rules the notions of consumption and that is known as the three “R”s- namely, reduce, reuse and recycle. This clearly implies that reducing your consumption is the most crucial step towards encouraging sustainability. In the 21st century, the technological industry certainly has the greatest environmental footprints and hence, the routine of curbing the temptations to shop online and buy new devices every time the last one develops glitches in performance can be practiced as starters.
Choose vegetables over meat
Reports claim that around 30 to 40% of the net food supply simply goes down the drain every year. Considering the statistics, the only way that seems ideal and sustainable to curtail this wastage is by buying the food that you will actually consume and ones that will lead in the reduction of carbon emissions. Additionally, you can also strive at replacing your non-vegetarian meals with their vegetarian counterparts more often and the reason supporting our affirmation is quite simple. Animal agriculture has been time and again held responsible for generating 13-18% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions globally and is thereby one of the most influential factors emboldening climate change.
While gifting your friends and family something special to commemorate a noteworthy journey of their life, did you know that you can bring about a huge difference through this small step? Instead of investing big bucks in acquiring something that is only fancy and of one-time use, you can gift them something that is sustainable and good-looking at the same time. For instance, browse through the options that you have in locally-produced items or twigs that would not only brighten up the receiver’s apartment, but also remind them to elongate this chain of gifting sustainable items.
Remember, it starts with you!
In this context, we cannot help but be reminded of a quote by Mahatma Gandhi where he says, "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems". One of the greatest leaders of all times had made it clear that to be able to witness the change you desire, you must start the expedition from a definite point and the rest will follow. We couldn't agree more. Never lose hope. Keep working towards improving your investment and time in the environment as much as possible. At the end of the day, this is the only home we and there is no planet B.