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Saving the World: One Step at a Time

Do you want to live in a planet polluted by harmful chemicals in the air? Do you want to be forced to wear oxygen tanks because our world lacks oxygen from the destruction of trees? Do you want to continue living through extreme weather conditions? Do you want to continue seeing our animals dying off from harmful chemicals, plastic in the water, construction, deforestation, and so much more?

Saving the world is easy; all you have to do is put in some effort. If everyone did even a few small things each day, we could have the potential to change the world. Let’s work together and reduce our carbon footprints on this planet. We want to leave behind memories, not waste.

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What you can do:

1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

2. Don’t leave water running (brushing teeth, washing hands, showering, etc)

3. Bring reusable shopping bags to the store rather than getting plastic ones.

2013-12-15 004 2013-12-15 0604. Do laundry with cold water.

5. Rinse dishes with lighter water pressure.

6. Unplug your phone charger from the wall when you’re not using it (yes, this uses energy)

7. WALK when you are able to.

8. Or take the bus or public transit.

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9. Carpool with friends if you’re going to the same location.

10. Eat little to no animal by-products. 

Did you know that going vegan can help solve so many of the world’s problems? Global warming, climate change, world hunger, land degradation, pollution, water scarcity, deforestation, ocean dead zones, animal extinction, etc. Crazy right? Let me give a little explanation how.

Factory Farming and Animal Agriculture are the leading cause of Global Warming. We grow and feed billions of animals a year, only to slaughter them for food. We need so much land, water, food, and resources to keep these animals alive and to keep creating more of them in masses. If the world was vegan, we’d not only save land, but we’d save water, food, and every other resource. Not to mention that cows produce methane, and because the meat and dairy industry keeps creating billions of cows for the demand, they keep producing more and more methane which is terrible for our planet.

Also, since 65% of the world’s grain is used to feed the 60 billion land animals and tens of billions of marine animals that are killed each year for food, we could put those resources to good use and solve world hunger. 10 billion people could be fed with the available crop land if everyone in America alone went vegan. 1 acre of land can yield 40,000 pounds of potatoes, but one of acre of land can only yield 250 pounds of meat

A vegan diet produces half the amount of C02, uses 1/11th the amount of fossil fuels, 1/13th the amount of water, and 1/18th the amount of land.  Per day a vegan cane save: 1100 gallons of water, 45 lbs. of grain, 30 sq.ft of forest, 20 lbs of C02, and 1 animals life.

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4a3bd51f717bb7b991b586f2249d962b11. Reduce, re-use, recycle. (Get creative. I reuse empty Starbucks cups for smoothies and empty peanut butter jars to store nuts/seeds in them)

12. If you see garbage lying on the floor, pick it up and throw it out, even if it’s not yours. The biggest threat to this planet is that someone else will save it.

13. Watch what you print. Don’t waste an entire page for a little tiny print out.  Also print double sided.

2013-12-15 004 2013-12-15 150 2014-01-08 005 2014-01-08 00914. Use pencils more often. That way if you mess up, you can just erase it rather throwing out the page.

15. Plastic water bottles are terrible for the planet.  Drink tap water or use a filtered reusable water bottle. (Glass is the best to use for drinking water bottles, so try mason jars that come with lids)

16. Say no to your receipt at the store unless you think you may return your purchase. The machine usually only prints off one copy unless you ask for another, or the cashier can stop the machine if you say no.

17. Buy in bulk and bring your own glass jars or containers to store things in.

18. Rip the tissue in half when blowing your nose. I usually only need half and it saves me more tissues doing it this way.

19. Wipe the counter or spills with towels that you can clean rather than wasting paper towel.

20. Compost as much as you can.

There are TONS of other things you can do to save the planet. If you have any more ideas, comment them below and share with a friend.

1stum no planet b bb3d73e293bdc2cd0ded89cb3e00f042If you think you’re only one person who can’t make a difference, think again. If we all work together, we can fix these problems.

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swann

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