How to Reduce Your Ecological Footprint

A lot of light has been shed on the topic of global warming and climate change recently as it is becoming increasingly more apparent and talked about in our society. I think it’s amazing that we are becoming more aware of our individual impacts and starting to make small changes, even if it’s something as small as switching to paper straws. I thought I would make this post as a way to share a wide variety of actions we can take to reduce our individual ecological footprints and work against climate change.

An ecological footprint is our use and demand for earthly resources, whether it be land, water, etc. Even the amount of energy we use in our houses and cars contributes to this footprint due to the fossil fuel emissions released when creating this energy. I put together a short list of steps we can take to reduce these effects and contribute to a cleaner planet!

Volunteer

I’ve talked a little about this on my Instagram and in my post Celebrating Earth Day, and I genuinely believe that this is one of the most important and personally beneficial ways to help out the environment. I have done some volunteering with the organization Tree People, which mostly focuses on planting native trees and removing invasive species (weeds) to restore the biodiversity of a land. There are also many other organizations that accomplish similar things, such as the Sierra Club and Greenpeace. I highly recommend getting involved in an organization that holds events near you. Not only does your work directly benefit the environment, but you learn a lot about nature and it’s an amazing way to spend your free time.

Go vegetarian or vegan

This option is definitely a bit more challenging for some people, but refraining from eating meat or dairy products creates a huge positive impact. Animal livestock causes a noticeable amount of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. While it is seen more commonly with red meat, switching to complete vegetarianism or veganism can drastically reduce your ecological footprint. I’m currently trying to transition into vegetarianism, but it’s been a pretty slow process since it’s not easy to cut out some of my favorite foods. I started with eating less red meat and pork (chickens definitely the tough one), and I’m slowly working towards only using oat or almond milk in my coffee as well. There is a plethora of vegan options in grocery stores that are worth a chance, so I recommend branching out from your comfort zone and trying out a new diet! It’s healthier for your body as well, so I guess it’s a win-win situation!

Thank you so much for reading this post and I hope I could give you some beneficial ideas and ways to reduce your ecological footprint! Make sure to like, comment, and follow my blog for posts every Monday and Friday!

< 3 Pauline

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