Warning: hippie-dippy climate-change heavy article. As heavy as the co2 in our breathing space, pushing our lungs into despair.
Hey hey! We've all made it to two 2-0s. But what about 2120? 3120? There is only way to achieve prolonged life, and that is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Planet Earth is itself a living being who needs healing from our poison. After all, we're the parasites living here.
These are simple ways to reduce harmful consumerism and make the world a better place environmentally, locally, philanthropically, and spiritually.
●Reduce your one-use plastic and styrofoam●
Americans throw away 25,000,000,000 Styrofoam coffee cups every year. About one-third of an average landfill's waste is made up of packaging material. Out of every $10 spent buying things, $1 (10%) goes for packaging that is thrown away. Packaging represents about 65% of household trash.
Instead of purchasing a single-use cup o' joe every morning, invest in a reusable thermos.
Here's a ratio for you:
More than one ton of plastic has been created for every human being alive today.
Purchase eggs that come in cardboard, rather than styrofoam containers.
There are so many small changes you can make to reduce marine and landfill waste overall.
●Limit intake of meat●
Slaughterhouses and meat production cause horrendous levels of hazardous greenhouse gasses.
"The livestock sector is a major stressor on many ecosystems and on the planet as a whole. Globally it is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases and one of the leading causal factors in the loss of biodiversity, and in developed and emerging countries it is perhaps the leading source of water pollution."
We can maintain a perfectly healthy diet without eating cow and pig at every meal. It's better for your health and the health of us all.
●Buy used clothing and reduce your clothing consumerism●
"Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity's carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams. What's more, 85% of all textiles go to the dump each year."
Even sadder, clothes purchased now will be thrown out in a faster time than clothes purchased at the beginning of the century.
What a waste! All this pollution for all these goods we use for such a short time. The only way things can improve is if we, the causation of our deadly environmental damage, step up and change our ways. For the present. For posterity. For all of us.
Let's not even get into cars.
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