This week, we wanted to continue the conversation about acting as an environmentally literate citizen by living a greener lifestyle! From shifting to sustainable products to researching local climate issues, there are a million things you can do to transition to a greener lifestyle. To eliminate some of the stress of getting started, we have prepared a checklist that can serve as a guide for your green journey!
Need some more information before you get started? Visit last week’s blog to read more about the connection between environmental literacy and a green lifestyle.
For a Greener Home:
❑ Turn off and unplug appliances such as TVs, lamps, computers, and phones when not in use
❑ Regularly replace filters in heaters, air conditioning, and dryers
❑ Curate gardens with native plants and trees
❑ Create a compost bin and reduce food waste
❑ Buy non-toxic and plant-based cleaning products
While we encourage people to use products they are comfortable with, these are some Green Guardians favorites for a greener home: Blueland for non-toxic, plastic free home cleaning products, OhmConnect to save on energy bills and consumption, Native Plants Finder
For a Greener Lifestyle:
❑ Buy less – take a minimalist approach to purchases
❑ Read and share books on climate change and eco-living
❑ Shop locally for produce and shop second-hand for clothing and décor
❑ Drive or rent an electric, hybrid, or hydrogen car to reduce CO2 emissions
Some Green Guardians favorites for a greener lifestyle: A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, Climate Change Podcasts, How to Save a Planet, Climate-Friendly Supermarkets, Loop Store, Thrift Books
For Active Engagement:
❑ Encourage schools to:
▫ Switch to solar energy
▫ Create green spaces (I.e., gardens, recycling centers)
▫ Offer plant-based meals
▫ Ditch single-use plastic
❑ Educate yourself and vote for candidates that have a progressive platform
❑ Create or join a sustainability/green team at your workplace or in your community
❑ Discuss green living and climate change with friends and family to encourage action
Some Green Guardians favorites for active engagement: The Natural Resources Defense Council: Guide to Talking With Kids of All Ages About Climate Change, Climate Reality Chapters, One Green Planet Petitions
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