The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World: Part 3 — Neighbourhood Nice Guy.
As the #UnitedNations #COP21 climate conference continues in Paris, we’re sharing ways you can help address climate change. Our final installment looks at what you can do outside your house.
Here are some ideas:
Shop local. Supporting neighbourhood businesses keeps people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.
Shop smart—plan meals, use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items. Though these may be less expensive per ounce, they can be more expensive overall if much of that food is discarded.
Buy funny fruit—many fruits and vegetables are thrown out because their size, shape, or color are not “right”. Buying these perfectly good funny fruit, at the farmer’s market or elsewhere, utilizes food that might otherwise go to waste.
Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop.
Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes.
Take fewer napkins. You don’t need a handful of napkins to eat your takeout. Take just what you need.
Maintain your car. A well-tuned car will emit fewer toxic fumes.
Take advantage of your right to elect the leaders in your country and local community who support climate action.
Stay tuned for more updates and behind-the-scenes photos from COP21!