Like it or not, the world around us will not last forever, unless we ensure that it does. What that means is reducing our carbon footprint, taking steps to undue the damage already done, and creating alternative ways to support our lifestyle that do no harm.
Easier said than done right? Actually it is not about making huge changes, but rather, making collective ones. If everyone made these three small changes, the difference would likely galvanize us all.
- Use Solar Energy. Whether you install solar roofing and cut our energy bill in half, or maybe go off the grid completely, any step you take toward solar energy does two things. It immediately reduces your own carbon footprint, and it supports the solar industry. The best part is that you can start small, by purchasing a solar powered charging station for your home electronics, or a solar powered backpack, or your can ask yourself why you haven’t installed solar panels on your roof yet. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, projections from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) suggest we’re headed to almost 1 million homes by 2020 (DOE Annual Energy Outlook 2014). If solar costs significantly decline from today’s levels, DOE’s SunShot study predicts that solar installations could grow to nearly 4 million homes by 2020. If that’s not convincing, I don’t know what is.
- Reduce Your Usage. You can walk to the store. You can not go to the store. You can turn off the lights. You can shut off your appliances. You can sell your television. You can own less and live more. The point is that it doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to reduce your energy usage. What it does take is a little willingness, and the knowledge that your happiness doesn’t lie behind a screen. In fact, according to a study done by the University of Tokyo, MIT, and Recruit Institute of Technology, happiness is most linked to our experiences, and not our devices.
- Purchase Wisely. Every time you purchase something, you make statement to the world. You support a product, a company, and yes, a mission. Maybe you buy the least expensive bread you can find and in doing so, you say to the world, ‘Food should not cost so much’. Or maybe you buy the most comfortable sofa you can find and regardless of the price, or how the sofa was made, you are sending a message to the world that comforts matters. And it matters more than price, or sustainability. Well, guess what? There are companies who put sustainability at the forefront. In fact, these companies do the leg work for you by producing products that do not harm to the environment and may even go so far as supporting non-profits that aim to improve the environment. One such company is When you buy products from this company, not just are your purchases friendly to the environment, so is the company you bought them from. And so are all the other companies they support. The takeaway? Your purchases support a virtuous sustainability cycle.
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