Today civil, political and business leaders are meeting at the UN Climate Action Summit to address the global climate emergency. Ultimately, in order to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030, we will need large corporations and governments to take the lead to ensure that ongoing global development shifts from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
But while it is mainly a handful of companies that are responsible for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions, we as individuals and consumers can also fight towards and create a more sustainable future. As the lovel figure above by Ashley Lukashevsky shows, we are all in this together, and together we will rise.
Therefore, this multi-media post is an ode to small, sustainable actions. And it is important that this is at no means and exhaustive list, and everyone has their own passions and actions that they are attracted to. In the end, the greatest thing we can do is start a conversation on sustainability, as this is the best way to discover new and exciting ways we can transform our society.
First, here is a fun little song I wrote with the intention spreading the idea of sustainability in a way that is hopefully catchy and creative.
Then there is the TED talk which I found really interesting, and pointed out many ‘Sustainability Myths’ that I was previously ignorant of.
There are also many monetary ways to achieve a lower carbon footprint. One of my favorite new ways is with micro-funding. Find out how you can give micro-loans to green initiatives with Kiva.
But maybe these actions seem like they will take too much time and energy to implement. No need to fret, the UN has some actions even the laziest of us can do to become more sustainable: find them here.
And here are a few random ways that I came up with to reduce my footprint:
Floss- it’s reusable! Floss strings can we washed after use, and are effective at getting out gunk after multiple washes.
If you are like me you loose hairbands and bobbi-pins all the time. Good news is that over people seem to too! I haven’t bought a new hair tie in years by picking them up off the ground instead.
Dido to the above with pens.
Learn to be good at mooching off other people! I am still learning to ditch my Ego and ask people to give me off-cuts of their plants, my friends to share clothes with me, my neighbour to lend me their food processor, and my surfing buddies to share their sunscreen. The more we share, the less we buy, and the less we waste. But remember to return the favor and actively share with others!
Go to the bathroom in nature. I swear, there is no better feeling than doing a number 2 outside and having it become beautiful fertilizer.
Actively try to get outside of your normal social circles. Go to random events, or places where you feel uncomfortable. Have conversations with people with different mindsets. I like to say, “I want to live a life that algorithms wouldn’t be able to predict.”
Spend time alone, get to know and love yourself. This may seem like a bit of a stretch, but I think the more we get to know ourselves, the less we need material goods to make us happy, and the less we stress over work and things that maybe aren’t important in the ‘bigger picture’.
Volunteer. Swerve for deers. Don’t use buds to clean your ears. Talk to those with more or less years. Feel emotions and allow yourself tears. But more than anything, don’t become indifferent due to your fears.
Lastly, I would like to end with a quote by Anne Marie Bonneau said, “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.
Thanks for reading!