Be a force for nature

Five easy ways you can help the environment!

1. Drive less

Driving is the single largest source of air pollution in our community. Biking or walking somewhere, if possible, is not only far better for the environment, but also cheaper and healthier. If biking or walking isn’t feasible, there is always carpooling or public transportation.


2.Cut dairy and meat out of your diet 

Livestock alone are responsible for 15 percent of greenhouse gasses. Obviously it’s not easy to just drop everything and go vegan, but it’s not all or nothing. Eating a bit less meat lowers its demand, decreasing emissions. Opt for plant-based protein instead!


3.Use reusable plastics

Eight million pieces of plastic make their way into our oceans every single day. There are easy switches you can make to help combat this: bring reusable bags to the grocery store, reuse plastic containers and utensils, and avoid packaging-heavy fast food. 


4.Donate your old clothes and shop second hand
Each year, 17 million tons of clothing end up in the landfill. Donating old clothes to thrift stores not only decreases waste, but helps out those in need. Avoid shopping at fast-fashion stores such as Shein, H&M, and Urban Outfitters. Fast fashion companies often treat their factory workers inhumanely and are responsible for significant waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Do your research on a company’s policies before shopping, and remember that thrifting clothes is not only much better for the environment, but cooler and more unique!


5.Contact your elected officials

Just 100 companies were responsible for 71 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions over the past 30 years, so no matter how much effort we put into saving the environment, the problem as well as the solution falls into bigger hands. However, the easiest and arguably most important way you can do your part to reverse this crisis is to contact your elected officials! These people have the power to make changes to legislation and regulate company policies, and these changes start with us. Use to find your elected officials.