- Plant a tree! Trees help absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and release good ol’ oxygen back out for us. To help plant trees, volunteer with an environmental organization or see if you can get a program started at school.
- Instead of driving to school, take the bus or ride your bike if it’s not too far! You can also carpool to school with a neighbor. This will help cut down on carbon dioxide emissions by reducing the amount of cars on the road.
- Save our carbon dioxide-absorbing friends by reducing the amount of paper you get in the mail. Ask family members if they can start having their bills sent electronically instead of on paper. They can also cut down on junk mail by unsubscribing from mailing lists.
- Meatless Mondays! Did you know that 51 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture (which includes animals raised for dairy products)? That’s more than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined! All these animals produce a lot of methane gas which is 84 times more effective at trapping heat in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Therefore, cutting meat and dairy out of your diet once a week can do a lot of good in combatting climate change. Let your family and friends know and get them in on it!
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Trash in landfills produces methane (and we all know what methane can do). You can help reduce the amount of garbage in landfills by recycling or repurposing. For example, it takes a million years for glass to decompose in the environment. If you find yourself about to throw away a glass jar, try and find another use for it like turning it into a savings jar! Also, by recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. If your family and friends don’t already recycle, see if you can get them started!
I’m barely brushing the surface here and there’s a lot more you can do for the environment, but these 5 tips provide a good starting point. Now let’s get out there and help save the planet!