Seeing news stories about rising temperatures, rising sea levels, an increase in extreme weather and natural disasters has prompted many people of all ages to examine their own actions and take personal responsibility for their environmental impact. If you worry about the planet’s future, you’re not alone.
We live in a historical period that climate scientists have declared an urgent “now or never” turning point.
We have a chance to significantly slow down the alarming trends of decades past, and while our governments attempt to find global solutions, we have the power to examine our own choices and contribute on an individual level as well.
Our generation could be the key.
Living a sustainable life has a ripple effect and impacts more than just the environment. For example, sustainability and health often go hand-in-hand, since environmentally-friendly choices tend to reduce our exposure to chemicals, whether in our food, hygiene products, clothing, etc.
You also support your local economy when you intentionally seek products or foods that originate within your local region (a sustainable choice because it reduces the reliance on fossil fuels for transportation).
Best of all, when other people see that you’re healthy and happy while making sustainable choices, they become curious about doing the same.
You don’t even have to make drastic changes to live more sustainably.
Obsessed with bottled drinks? Choose the glass container instead of the plastic one. Want to go a step further? Choose drinks bottled in your geographic region.
Ready to go all-in? Ditch all disposable bottles and refill a glass bottle with tap water.
Every decision you make has an impact. Part of learning how to be a responsible adult is learning about the consequences — both intentional and unintentional — of your actions. It’s up to you to decide which consequences you’re comfortable with and which you cannot accept.
If you want to prioritize sustainability but aren’t sure where to start, we have plenty of resources that can help you make informed decisions. Crucially, we’ll also explain why sustainable choices benefit you, your neighbors and the Earth itself. For starters, discover the waste associated with the fashion industry or learn about some foods you can easily grow at home.