“What can I do to help the environment?” That is the question being asked in preparation for Earth Day on April 22, 2015. That is the question being asked every day by ordinary folks around the world.
In honour of Earth Day – and in answer to this simple yet complex question – we have put together some great resources that you can use to inspire every day actions that will help make our world a better and more sustainable place:
1. The David Suzuki Foundation lists a variety of ways to reduce your carbon footprint by making simple every day changes including reducing energy consumption, travelling sustainability and being conscious of what we purchase.
2. 25 Ways to Clean Your Commute – If you ride a bike, take the bus, or telecommute to work you are helping to reduce carbon emissions caused by transportation. Making low carbon transportation choices such as these 25 Ways to Clean Your Commute is an easy way to make changes in your daily life.
3. Sign the Earth Flag – Earth Day Canada has created an Earth Flag and will be collecting signatures from Canadians who are committed to reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. Make this promise:
“I pledge to make Earth Day Every Day and reduce my carbon footprint.”
The flag will make the trip to the COP21 International Climate Conference in Paris in December, where a new international agreement on carbon emissions will be signed. Visit the Earth Day Every Day website for more information on the Earth Flag.
4. A Billion Acts of Green is a US-based international campaign that encourages individuals to take action to foster a sustainable future. Join the Climate Petition and explore more actions to reduce your every day impact on the planet.
It’s easy to feel powerless about environmental issues like climate change which are subject to international politics and negotiations. So take charge in your everyday life and start making simple yet impactful changes to make a difference on your own terms.