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4 Choices To Reduce Environmental Destruction

Updated on December 7, 2016
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Sam realizes we're fucked if we don't alter business as usual and face the monumental environmental challenges humans have created.

Earth seen from the Moon
Earth seen from the Moon

You Have What It Takes

You clicked on this article and you've already started reading it. You clearly have what it takes to reduce your environmental impact, you care. You recognize that you share this small watery planet with millions of other species, you want to reduce the suffering on earth, and increase the chances that humans won't wipe out all other life. You're a rare person, and you're holding on to the last bit of hope that we can change our ways as a species, and for that I deeply respect you.

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.

— Albert Einstein
Megalopolis Lights from Space
Megalopolis Lights from Space

Some Perspective

At this very moment humans are laying down geological history, we're in the midst of a new era on earth in which homo sapiens are the dominating influence on the climate and environment, this era is called the Anthropocene. Roughly 150-200 species of bird, insect, mammal, and plant go extinct every 24 hours. Entire species are dying off at incalculable rates, nearly one to ten thousand times the natural background rate. Since everything is connected in nature, this new era is beginning to have an immense effect on the human populace. The poorest countries that rely on the balance of ecosystems are feeling the effects the most. With the combination of desertification, pollution of water, air, soil, and carbon and methane output tampering with the climate, we are essentially running an experiment on the entire planet.

Watch Food Choices

The polluting effects of livestock on air, water, and soil, is more detrimental to the environment than all forms of transportation combined. Cutting back on meat makes a massive difference and going vegan is arguably the best way to lessen your ecological footprint. The reason for this is that livestock consume excessive amounts of water, and the methane they give off is an exponentially more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Most people are concerned about where they will get their protein and vitamin b, not to worry, vegan choices are actually higher in protein and supplements are easy to find.

Animals Should Be Off The Menu

Cold Showers

I take a cold shower when I get up, and before I go to bed. Sometimes I alternate between hot and cold. Not only does this small choice make a big difference on your fossil fuel consumption, it also increases your health and well being! Cold showers are very shocking at first and quite uncomfortable, but you get used to it. Also, having a cold shower in the morning gives you that extra vigor you need to wake up spry, energetic, and ready to take on a new day.

Some benefits:

  • Increases Alertness.
  • Refines Hair and Skin.
  • Improves Immunity and Circulation.
  • Stimulates Weight Loss.
  • Speeds Up Muscle Recovery.
  • Eases Stress.
  • Relieves Depression.

Jump In!

Take Public Transport or Bike

Taking public transport greatly reduces your carbon footprint and gives you time to think, read, have conversations, listen to music, or meditate.

Riding a bike has a plethora of benefits including increased cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility, decreased levels of stress, improved posture and coordination, strengthened bones, decreased levels of body fat, prevention and management of disease, and an increase in focus and intelligence. Not only will you be directly benefiting yourself, but also the environment you share with billions of others.

Enjoying A Sunset

Materialism Won't Satisfy

You can have every material need and desire you can possibly imagine, and not be happy. You can have a mansion, a private jet, a collection of sports cars, an island, you can be the CEO of massive corporation, have a butler and maids, but if you don't have connection you can't be happy. In our consumer culture we are constantly fed the lie that things will make us happy, when they simply will not. You can achieve happiness through generosity, kindness, compassion, and doing your best to convey love and understand others. Materialism will only destroy the planet you love and all the beauty and life that it supports.

Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.

— Albert Einstein

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.

— Mahatma Gandhi


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