Today is Earth Day 2017, and my goal for our family this year is to eat more vegetables and fruits, rather than meat. Eating and generally consuming things more sustainably will be an ongoing focus for us.
Every day will be Earth Day!
The United Nations has published “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World“, which is well worth reading.
End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?
No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.
We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact.
Here are some additional helpful links on sustainability:
- The Year of Living Sustainably (un.org)
- 33 Ways to Eat Environmentally Friendly (time.com)
- How Does Meat In the Diet Take an Environmetal Toll? (scientificamerican.com)
- Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch (seafoodwatch.com)
- How to Have a Green Vacation (nytimes.com)
And here are some excellent sources on climate change:
- Global Climate Change (nasa.org)
- Acting On Climate (nature.org)
- What Is Climate Change? (davidsuzuki.org)
- How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration (nytimes.com)
- Understanding Poverty: Climate Change (worldbank.org)
Finally, here is a fine visual representation by xkcd, A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature Since the Last Ice Age Glaciation: