You’ll no doubt know about the threat of climate change. But what’s causing it? Put simply, when fossil fuels are burned, they release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which contributes to the warming of the planet. As terrifying as this sounds, there is a way to lessen its long-term effect: eco-friendly living.
Read on to discover exactly why it’s so important…
- It helps the planet (obviously)
It may sound like an obvious point, but it’s an important one to make. Through as simple an act as switching to a green energy provider, you could lower your fossil fuel consumption massively. Invest in a zero-emission car, and you’ll be able to cut it out completely.
But what about plastic, you ask? In short, this material affects the local environment as opposed to the climate. Although its impact is comparatively small, it’s still highly negative. And as you may know already, plastic pollution is a major global problem. Even worse, it can take over a century to break down. Swap single-use plastic for eco-friendly alternatives, and you’ll no longer be contributing to this issue. This brings us nicely onto our next point…
- Your regular costs could go down
Aside from helping the planet, leading a more eco-friendly life could benefit your wallet. By ditching single-use plastic, you’re already lowering your regular outgoings. How? It’s simple! Instead of buying a small, plastic-wrapped food item on a regular basis, you just need to refill your sustainable packaging alternative. As most supermarkets that host refill stations offer a discount for customers, you can protect the planet and your budget at the same time.
By reducing costs, you’ll be able to assess your regular budget more closely and consider various options to find the one that works for you.
- It can be community-focused
Switching to an eco-friendlier lifestyle may sound like a challenge – but really, it isn’t. Very often, it involves buying all consumables – be it clothes, food, detergents or packaging – from a sustainable, ethical source. And for many people, the best part of it is the potential for community action. You could, for example, set up a community-based litter picking group. Or how about organising a local fundraiser to spread awareness about climate change? You’ll likely form strong friendships during the process – and it’s a great opportunity to educate children on this pressing issue.
It’s more vital than ever to look after the planet – for ourselves as well as future generations. Now that you know the key benefits, why not adapt your lifestyle to benefit the environment?