4 Steps to An Environmentally-Friendly Life
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- Published on Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:17
- Last Updated on 28 January 2020
- Monica Costa
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There’s always change in the air, but it does seem like as a society we’ll be going through a change that’s more profound than anything we’ve seen in a long time. Climate change is going to direct us in one way or another; we’ll either get wise, and make changes that prevent the worst-case scenarios from happening, or we won’t, and we’ll go through a period of adjusting to the new environment.
But let’s hope for the first scenario. The thing about adopting an environmentally-friendly lifestyle is that not only can it be relatively straightforward, but it can even be fun. Below, we take a look at a few tips for living a greener lifestyle.
One of the issues surrounding the way we currently live is that it’s so different from how things used to be. In the olden days, you couldn’t just visit the store and pick up all the fruits of the earth. You could eat whatever was in the ground. While you might still want to indulge in the occasional avocado and exotic veg, the staple vegetables that you buy in the supermarket could be grown at home. Think how nice it would be, to eat carrots and potatoes and so on that grew in your back garden!
And while we’re talking about food, one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to limit the amount of meat that you eat. There are plenty of delicious non-meat alternatives that are much better for the environment!
Spend Time In The Outdoors
Part of the reason people find it difficult to make climate-positive changes is that they don’t know what they’d be fighting for. The best way to learn is to spend some time in the great outdoors. You’ll find it much easier to live an eco-friendly lifestyle if you have a genuine love for nature. Everyone loves it when they see it first-hand and know the physical and mental wellbeing boosts it can provide.
What You Buy
One of the best ways to improve your carbon footprint is to be conscious of what you’re buying. There are some products that have a devastating impact on the natural world, and it’s always worth remembering that whatever you need to buy, there will be an option that’s earth-friendly. There’s sustainable clothing that you can buy, and home appliances that have a higher energy rating than others. Whenever you’re looking for a new product, spend a few minutes researching the environmental impact — it will make a big difference.
Content Where You Are
There’s no getting around the fact that travelling is one of the worst culprits when it comes to the environmental situation. Instead of taking numerous cheap flights, look at alternative options — train travel around Europe, for instance, is becoming cheaper all the time. You can also look at exploring where you are, rather than overseas, for your travel adventures. It can be just as fun, and much better for the environment!
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums