“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing.” Those were just some of the powerful words that Greta Thunberg spoke at the United Nations Climate Action Summit last week on Monday, September 23rd. She’s a 16-year-old climate and environmental activist who has come into the spotlight recently due to her actions on the climate crisis. If you haven’t heard her speech yet, I highly recommend you give it a listen.
Whatever side you sit on regarding the issue, conservation is a huge deal. We’ve seen record high temperatures and higher demand for electricity, which in turn results in record-high grid prices for power.
Reducing your overall consumption could not only save you money, but also have a far more reaching effect beyond your energy bill. I try to live by the three “R’s;” Reduce, reuse, and recycle, but there are plenty of other ways to conserve, depending on where you live. Here are the top ten ways I’ve changed my habits to offset my carbon footprint.
Admittedly, the majority of these weren’t habits I really had to force myself to do. They were that easy. Sure, it took a while to remember to put my milk carton in the recycling versus the trash bin, but now it’s automatic for me. Is there more I can do? Absolutely! And I plan to because Greta’s message was clear: “we’ll be watching you.” Everyone’s lifestyle is different, but there are so many animals, plants, and other human beings depending on us to do our part. Let’s all pitch in and help when and where we can.
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