More or less everyone is now aware that we need to transition to an eco-friendly lifestyle. And the faster that we do it, the better. The climate isn’t going to wait around for us to get our act together, after all. One of the obstacles has been that even people who want to protect the planet often don’t live their lives in an eco-friendly way. And one of the reasons why they don’t is because they think that they’ll need to give up everything fun and convenient. This, however, is not the case. It’s more than possible to live life to the fullest while protecting the planet. In fact, you can live more than you currently are.
There’s an extremely great way to have carbon-neutral fun while also deepening your commitment to planet earth. It’s called: spending time in nature! Going for a hike or cycling trip into the great outdoors with your friends is one of the most fun activities you can do. It requires more effort than doing something in the city, sure, but we promise it’ll be worth it. You can keep your carbon footprint to the absolute minimum by traveling via public transport.
And talking of traveling: how are you getting around? Most people just jump in their car when they need to get somewhere, but that’s not the only option — nor is it the most fun. Cycling or walking is way more enjoyable, for instance. You can do that on a day-to-day basis, but what about when you want to travel further afield? Plane emissions are among the worst for the planet. But just because you can’t hop on a flight, that doesn’t mean you can’t travel. There are plenty of overground options. Plus, the most fun option is hitchhiking — just make sure it’s legal in the area in which you’re traveling first.
In the Home
Some people’s homes are bona fide energy suckers. Their carbon footprint is through the roof. But there are things you can do that’ll give you a great quality of life without damaging the earth. Things like eco-friendly hand soap refill and toxin-free cleaning products will provide a functional home while getting a vegetable garden started will ensure you have fresh vegetables every day. We often don’t think about the carbon footprint of our food, but if you’re buying from a big supermarket, it’s probably pretty big.
And talking of food: what’s in the fridge? Certain meats and types of fish can be really bad for the environment. Much better to fill your kitchen with pulses and grains.
Finally, why not look at volunteering with environmental organizations? There will likely be plenty in your area, especially if you live in a big city. Whether it’s organizing to promote earth-friendly practices or doing something as simple as a beach cleanup, you’ll both be doing your part and having a good time. There are plenty of great people to meet in the eco-world, after all.