Simple Actions You Can Take Today
1. UNDERSTAND YOUR IMPACT
Everyone’s unique footprint depends on factors like geographic location, commute time, electricity usage, and hundreds more personal choices and habits. Understanding your impact allows you to decide the best action steps for you and your family.
Try the Nature Conservancy’s carbon calculator to understand your footprint:
2. VOLUNTEER IN THE COMMUNITY
Volunteering your time and skills is one of the most important things you can do for the health and well-being of your community. Volunteering fosters communities that care about the social justice and environmental issues that are at the root of sustainability.
“Getting people connected to one another and to social issues is the number one thing we can do to strengthen the social fabric of our region, one stitch at a time.”
– Ben Reuler, Executive Director, Seattle Works and Earth Day Northwest 2020 Leadership Group member
3. REDUCE OR OFFSET YOUR CARBON EMISSIONS
- Carpool, ride your bike or use public transportation
- Only run the dishwasher when its full
- Take shorter showers and consider a water-saving shower head
- Bring reusable bags when you shop
You also can choose to offset your carbon emissions by donating to projects that balance your carbon impact (think planting trees) to improve the environment.
Or, want to know how you can offset your annual carbon footprint? This calculator will determine your carbon emissions per year.
Check out other simple Earth Day Tips to make every day Earth Day.
4. EAT MEAT-FREE ONCE A WEEK
Meat consumption has increased by more than 20 percent in the last 10 years at a great cost to our planet. If everyone in the US chose not to eat meat and cheese for just one day a week, it would be the equivalent of taking 7.6 million cars off the road.
5. SPREAD THE WORD
Become active in spreading important and empowering information, and share the steps you have taken to live more sustainably. Whether it be by word of mouth or through your social channels – your influence matters.
Start today by taking the pledge and sharing it on your social channels.