Even though greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced with people staying home, climate change continues to be the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. Here are some simple tips to think about this spring that will help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Walk instead of drive
Many of us live near our local parks, beaches and downtown centers. Walking is not only great exercise and a wonderful way to spend time outdoors, but it instantly cuts down your carbon footprint.
Reduce your consumption of animal protein by half
Animal protein, especially red meat, is a major contributor to climate change. By doing so, you’ll cut your diet’s carbon footprint by over 40 percent.
Eat locally grown, seasonal food
Groceries shipped from around the world have more “food miles” and usually a higher footprint than local produce.
Avoid or limit fertilizers and pesticides
Fertilizer is the second leading source of nitrogen contamination of Long Island waters and pesticides contain many chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Cutting back usage or eliminating these products all together will not only be healthier for the environment but will help you save several hundred or even thousands of dollars this spring.