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May 28, 2013
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A 'Go Green' Renovation The statistics about how destructive we’re being to our planet can make you crazy. It seems like a lot of people are waiting for some superhero, maybe “Go Green Guy” to come to the environment’s rescue. Others are sure the government will fix it—right!

If you haven’t started doing something—shame on you. Everyone should do their part. You can start with a step-by-step campaign to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. In case you don’t know what that is, it is actually a measure of the Earth’s resources needed to support a household’s lifestyle. There are even websites that help you calculate yours.

There are three areas of your life that account for 75% of environmental damage. According to experts, they are listed here in order of priority:

  • The food we eat
  • How we travel
  • The water and energy efficiency of our houses and gardens

It’s actually how we run our households, not protecting the whales or polar bears that can do the most good for the planet. Everyday household activities such as: heating and cooling, cooking, lighting, and household garbage are responsible for 20% of our greenhouse gas emissions every year. Purchasing of food and products outweighs the damage done by our transport and home energy use dramatically.

If you buy locally produced food, it’s easy to reduce a home’s carbon footprint. Remember those five servings of fruits and vegetables are necessary, so buy them locally. Your waste material should be composted to help grow more food. You’ll be doing your part to fix carbon into the soil which will further reduce greenhouse emissions.

We’re hearing more and more about the impact that our shopping habits are having on the environment. We should be buying products that haven’t been processed and shopping with the seasons in mind. This way of shopping is healthier for both humans and the environment.

Everyone talks about making sure you’re getting five servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. Meat, which has higher embodied energy, water and transport emissions than vegetables, is one of the easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, not everyone is ready to embrace that theory. Some people pride themselves on being “meat and potatoes” people. Maybe you could try to wrap your mind around the concept of having one day a week when you don’t eat meat. After all, the thought of having “Meatless Monday” could be fun.

You don’t have to become a vegetarian, ride a bicycle or walk to work every day, recycle everything, make a compost heap, change all of your lighting, etc. If you want, that’s great. Go for it. It would, however, be beneficial for us all to do what we can to help save our environment for future generations. If we all did what we could, then maybe we’d all be able to get out of bed and face the environment each day knowing we did our best and face the world with a smile.

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