Unless we all start caring an awful lot more, our days on this planet are numbered.

Andrea Bizzotto
Oct 30, 2017 · 5 min read
My Daily Habits with the Streaks App

Just look at the news: Heatwaves, wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and other extreme weather events are now more frequent, more severe, and last longer than ever before.

And there is unambiguous, overwhelming and abundant evidence that this is caused by human-made climate change.

This article is about 11 things you can start doing today to make a difference.

And to help you form good habits, you can use the excellent Streaks App.

1. No Air Travel

Air travel uses a lot of fuel and produces plenty of CO2 per passenger, as well as other high-altitude impacts, including vapour trails and ozone production.

One transatlantic flight can add as much to your carbon footprint as a typical year’s worth of driving.

2. No Car Travel

Emissions from motor vehicles are a big source of global warming and pollute our air, causing a number of health conditions including respiratory infections, heart disease, COPD, stroke and lung cancer. In particular, this is a threat to children’s health.

Some cities are already planning to ban diesels, and various countries are preparing to phase out combustion-engine cars. While this is encouraging, going car free today is the ideal solution.

The alternative? If you can, take public transport rather than a motor car. Even better:

3. Walk/Cycle Only

This is the most eco friendly way to travel. If you can avoid all other forms of transport, go for it and get some exercise.

4. No Red Meat

Red meat is particularly bad for the environment:

Additionally, too much red meat in your diet may contribute to poor cardiovascular health and other health risks.

You can substitute red meat with other meats, or plant-based protein sources, such as lentils and nuts, that have a lower impact.

5. Vegetarian

Going vegetarian can halve the CO2 emissions from your food and is great for your health.

6. Vegan

Vegan diets exclude the consumption of meat, as well as all animal products, including eggs and diary.

7. No Food Waste

One third of all human food production goes to waste each year. And we are wasting plenty in our homes.

8. No Plastics

Plastics is a very durable material. Unfortunately, it is slow to degrade. Lands, waterways, oceans and some marine species are deeply impacted by plastic pollution.

Depending on where you live, going completely plastic free can be a challenge. The least you can do is to recycle it, and try to avoid single-use plastic items.

9. Recycle

Many materials such as plastic, glass, metal and paper can be reused to manufacture products at a fraction of the energy needed to produce new ones.

Recycling metal, paper and plastic eliminates the need to mine raw materials, as well as the energy used to process rock, wood and petroleum into finished products.

Lightweight reusable bags can fit in a purse or pocket, and they reduce waste, eliminating the energy and materials needed to make disposable packaging.

10. Short Shower

If you like long showers, try taking five-minute showers for two weeks.

Taking shorter showers and conserving water makes sense from an energy efficiency perspective, since it takes energy to pump and heat the water and later clean it at a water treatment facility.

Bonus: You can also invest in water saving shower heads.

11. Spread The Word

Individual actions count. But we are in this all together.

So do what you can to wake the world up.

Image Credit: Arul N S

What will it take for you to change your habits?

Your home to be swept away by a hurricane?

To be burned down by a wildfire?

This is all happening, much sooner than you think.

We all share the same planet — let’s take better care of it.

And while greener lifestyles alone won’t solve climate change, it is critically important that as individuals we succeed in slashing our carbon footprint.

You can take control of your impact

Download the Streaks App:

Then, add all the items listed above and try to make them part of your daily routine.

Bonus: do you want to know more about green living? I have created Sustainable Earth, a curated list about all things sustainable.

You’re welcome. 😉

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