4 Habits of Earth-Friendly Humans

Disposable Plastic © Anne de Carbuccia 2017

A recent comprehensive Bloomberg study decisively shows that Greenhouse Gases are the leading cause of climate change today. The consensus in the scientific community is that if our species doesn’t make major overhauls to our current consumption habits, we are headed for unimaginable environmental change.

One Planet One Future and Anne de Carbuccia seek to document what we have and what we may lose, and inspire the personal changes each of us can make to limit our environmental footprint. For those unsure how to get started, we present Four Easy Steps:

1 Reusable Containers How often do we go to our local coffee shop or grocery store and leave with a bag or a cup or a box that ends up in the trash? It’s not that we want the extra paper or plastic - We just haven’t changed the habit. It is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. Find one routine habit that you can adjust to make more environmentally friendly, be it a reusable bottle, eliminating takeout packaging, or always bringing your own bags to the store. For us, it’s the morning coffee run. By committing to carry a takeaway, reusable bottle with him each morning, our New York GM has saved approximately 120 plastic cups from being used in the past 6 months. Take home one of our One Planet One Future made in collaboration with Liberty Bottleworks, and you’re on your way with a USA-made bottle by a company that pledges to give 5% back to environmentally-conscious charities. Get yours here.

8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.

2 Composting It’s easy to toss your daily leftovers without a second thought. Food is biodegradable, so what’s the worry, right? Unfortunately, the reality is a little less simple. Because of the landfill nature of our current waste management systems, food often gets buried deep in trash heaps without proper exposure to oxygen. When this happens, decomposing food releases methane gas, a greenhouse gas even more potent than CO2. ADC got a glimpse of this firsthand when documenting Trash Island in the Maldives. This 9-mile (and still growing) island is composed entirely of dumped trash, much of it coming from the tourists visiting the popular destination.|Composting is key. It has never been so easy, or so essential. GrowNYC sets up weekly compost drop-off locations in all five boroughs to keep New York apartment-dwellers in line. Many other cities have similar programs in place. If they don’t, petition your city government to make the change! If you happen to have enough outdoor space to compost on your own, the NRDC published a quick, easy how-to guide.

Trash Island © Anne de Carbuccia 2017

3 Recycle Whenever Possible If you don’t recycle, you owe it to yourself, your species, and your planet to begin immediately. Plastic, glass, and paper in our forests, rivers, and oceans have reached unprecedented levels. Luckily, there are fantastic systems in place to support you. Most major cities have recycling systems in place and already active, and some even require it of all buildings and businesses. If not, Waste Management offers an incredibly easy-to-use guide for US drop-off locations here. They also have a fantastic guide of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ or recycling here. They’re not alone; there are many great companies making recycling feasible around the world. Google it. Get into it.

4 Eat Less Meat We cannot all be vegans (bless the ones who can). We cannot all be vegetarians. The OPOF Team are the first to admit their limitations here; we’ve all had that near-euphoric experience of biting into a perfect steak. What we can — and should — all do is lessen our consumption… especially of beef. According to the UN Food & Agriculture Association, livestock production contributes 14.5% of all greenhouse gases (our old nemesis, the number one cause of climate change). The production of a single hamburger uses 2,000 liters of water. Beef has in many ways become the new SUV; a senseless, wasteful luxury. A large slab of brisket has been estimated to contribute the same amount of CO2-equivalent gases as a 70-mile (or 113 kilometer) drive. ADC’s very first image for her One Planet One Future series, Drought, was an homage to this environmental crisis, taken in the US Midwest, where drought has been the norm for years. | Imagine the possibilities if just one day each week, every person in the world stopped their meat consumption… imagine how much less greenhouse gas would be released. Are you ready to commit to being part of that solution? Join our team as we commit to #MeatlessMondays, and share your progress as we tackle this together. Here’s a handy eating guide for how to start eating less meat today.

Drought © Anne de Carbuccia 2017

The herculean task has been set of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius to avoid catastrophic extinctions, sea level rise, and widespread drought. As some major governments move in the wrong direction, the responsibility falls to each and every one of us to make the changes necessary in our own lives. One Planet One Future is here to continue spreading awareness, educating the next generation, and building a community to fight for our planet together. Make your commitment today.

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