We need to serve nature for nature to serve us.
In addition to preserving land, here are 10 other lifestyle practices you can adopt to fight climate change.
Buy food from regenerative farmers
Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biologic sequestration to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil. Your allies: Grounded—RegenAG—Regeneration International—Kiss the Ground—The Carbon Underground—EcoFarm—Aranya Agricultural Alternatives—Rodale Institute—Savory—Soil Capital—Soil Food Web Institute—Sustainable Harvest—The Land Institute—The Timbaktu Collective.
Buy sustainable fashion
There are many fashion (and home) brands that prioritize sustainable products. As consumers, we need to pay attention to that as the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. Your allies: Wrap—Green Brands—Global Ecolabelling Network.
Buy local flowers 🌹
We love sending flowers to our loved ones. But the flower industry has a large footprint, and many of us don’t make the connection between flowers and climate change discussion. The solution is easy: switch to local flowers. All you need to do is ask your florist to make your bouquet from local flowers. You will still get all the joy while remaining environmentally conscious and kind to earth. Go all in by buying into flower CSA programs: help flower farms flourish and receive beautiful local petals each week. Your allies: Local Flowers—Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers.
Remove single-use plastic from your life
Bring your reusable glass water bottle and your sustainable shopping bag everywhere you go. It’s a simple and easy step that can eliminate an enormous amount of the waste that wounds mother earth. Your allies: URBAN WINS—Greenpeace.
Go plants in and meats out
Replace your red meat and chicken with lentils and sweet potatoes. Explore diverse and delicious plant-based options. It is one of the best things you can do for your health while supporting Earth’s health too. Your allies: Forks Over Knives—Vegan Outreach—The Vegan Society.
Reduce food waste
Reduce food waste from your own cooking and from your favorite restaurants by asking, encouraging, and staying conscious about what to do with leftover food from your plate or uncooked food supplies from a restaurant. There is plenty of food in this world. One of the main reasons people go hungry is poor resource (that includes food) distribution. Know you can be an active part of the solution by demanding that you yourself, your family, your friends, and your restaurants do not waste food. More actions: Buy less food—Get creative with leftovers—Learn about how expiration dates often have wiggle room—Regrow produce—Compost. Your allies: Oxfam—ONE.
Buy local food
Centralized food systems disempower communities, disconnecting consumers from small farmers and local bakers. When we live in an interconnected community, we have more food — particularly more healthy food — for ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our animals. Your allies: Heifer International—Amp Your Good—Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
We need to plant at least one trillion trees to allow mother earth to regenerate. Each one of us can do our part in this. Plant as many trees as you can. There are few things as rewarding as planting trees with children. You teach them how to be custodians of this beautiful earth — it starts by planting the first seeds. Your allies: NASA Global Climate Change—Arbor Day Foundation—NYC Parks Street Tree Planting—milliontreesNYC.
Use renewable energy
This includes using solar energy for your home, electric cars, electric lawn mowing machines, electric motorbikes, and climate-friendly energy options for all of your other home and entertainment services. Your allies: Blue Chip Foundation—CSCP—Global Footprint Institute.
Design zero-carbon communities
Advocate for strong Climate Action Plans. Encourage your local government to provide more 100% renewable energy options. Your allies: 350.org—SePP—UNDP Sustainable Development Goals—UNECE Sustainable Development Goals—Worldwatch Institute—Inspire Clean Air—IPCC—Union of Concerned Scientists—Environmental Defense Fund—C2ES—The Climate Reality Project—DESMOG—NCEI—NASA GISS—Climate Central—Climate & Clean Air Coalition—NIEHS—NRDC—Earth Justice—Coalition for Clean Air—Our Children’s Earth—Clean Air Partners—Clean Air Task Force—We Act—Clean Air Institute—ELPC Midwest.