It seems like the topic of climate change and resource depletion is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but no one really knows what to do about it. I have compiled the UN’s most important blueprint actions for achieving a happier and healthier world while adding a few of my own tips to create the Ultimate Guide to Prevent Global Warming.
By implementing these simple actions we can manifest a change for a better future. The UN has created a campaign called the “Be the Change Initiative” that provides an opportunity for all of us to better “walk the talk”.
I have created a “Sustainability Shop” and have done the work of reading the labels and reviews to offer you the best sustainable products on the market.
This collection of sustainable living products have been amassed in one place for your convenience. The shop includes energy efficiency and water conservation conversion kits, solar products, zero-waste, and minimally packaged home goods.
I want to encourage you to reuse your current belongings until they are either broken or no longer useful (and you need to replace them).
The exception to this is if what you are currently using produces lots of one-time use waste or is harmful to your health.
Of course, if you are using something that is not good for your health (like cooking with Teflon that was manufactured prior to 2013), then purchasing a replacement makes sense.
Take the Sustainability Pledge today and incorporate as many biodegradable, reusable, and alternative energy products into your daily routine as possible.
To have the greatest impact we must change our daily habits and consumption patterns at work and at home.
Many of the recommendations in this guild have budget saving benefits, is healthier for your body, and greatly reduces your carbon output 🙂
5 Steps That You Can Take To Prevent Global Warming
Step 1: At Home
Fossil fuels and coal make up nearly 62% of how we generate electricity in the U.S.
By increasing your home’s energy efficiency you can save the environment, money on your next electricity bill, and breath cleaner air.
Start by plugging the air leaks in the windows and doors. Adjust your thermostat (lower in the winter and higher in the summer). Replace old appliances and light bulbs with energy efficient models.
Visit the Sustainability Shop to check out Energy Star rated LED light bulbs, electrical outlet sealers, window insulators, and other energy-saving insulation tools.
Download a full list of energy efficiency tips here with the Free Home Energy Audit Guide.
If you use a dishwasher, stop rinsing your plates before you run the machine. Yes, you should still scrape all of the food off before putting the dishes in the dishwasher. Dishwashers today use high heat to take off any food residue left on dishes.
Install solar panels on the roof of your home. You can lease solar panels (learn more by reading “How to Install Free Solar Panels on your Home”) from a company like Solar City. It’s cheaper to get electricity through a solar lease than it is to purchase electricity directly from the utility company 🙂
Reuse your holiday decorations. Unfortunately, the holidays are the most wasteful time of the year. Just think of all the one-time-use cups, plates, utensils, decorations, gift wrapping, etc. Look for ways to plan eco-friendly parties and events.
I love the holidays and the idea of spending time with friends and family just as much as you do. Let’s be responsible about how we plan our events so that Mother Nature can have a happy holiday too!
Tile Floors in High Traffic Areas:
This flooring option has many benefits.
First, tile floors basically last forever (unless you drop a sledgehammer on it and crack the tile itself).
Second (real estate investment tip), due to its durability tile is great for rental properties.
Third, you won’t need to keep replacing the flooring like you would with carpet. This will save you money in the long run and reduces the amount of trash going to our landfills.
Fourth, tile is great for easy cleanup. Liquids can be easily mopped up and won’t stain the floor.
Fifth, tile keeps your home cool in the summer. Add rugs in the winter for a cozy warmer feel. Carpets in the bedroom and rugs in the living areas keep your home warm, your thermostat low, and will save you a chunk of change.
Step 2: Your Daily Routine
Request that vendors stop sending paper statements. Pay your bills online or via mobile. Remember, every sheet of paper leads to more forest destruction.
Use cardboard matches. Unlike plastic gas-filled lighters, they don’t require any petroleum.
Recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum keeps landfills from growing.
Buy minimally packaged goods, goods that are packaged in eco-friendly materials, and packaging and products made from recycled materials.
Many of the products found in the Sustainability Shop are packaged in cardboard, recycled paper, or do not have packaging at all.
Bike, walk or take public transportation. Save the car trips for when you can carpool or need to go long distances.
Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup. Cut down on waste and maybe even save money at the coffee shop. Read how you can save $1,200 per year by not purchasing that $5 cup of coffee before work.
Bring your own bag when you shop. Some stores even give you a $0.06 savings for bringing your own shopping bags.
Take fewer napkins, and just use what you need.
Shop vintage and see what you can repurpose from second-hand stores.
Donate what you don’t use to local charities to give your beloved belonging a new life with someone who will appreciate them.
Step 3: Water Conservation
Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower. Use a WaterSense rated shower head and faucets. WaterSense conversion kits can be found in the Sustainability Shop and can save up to 12,000 gallons of water per year.
Moreover, the conversion kits pay for themselves and take 2 minutes to install. Its small actions like these that make the biggest differences.
Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine.
If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
When you finish drinking a cup of cold water/juice, water a plant with your leftover ice cubes. 🙂
Here are a few surprising facts about water by The Infographics Show that I bet you didn’t know.
Did you know that a leaky faucet can waste up to 11,000 liters of water per year?
Fixing leaky faucets can save water, energy to filter/transport the water to your home, chemicals to remediate the water after it has been used, and reduce your utility bill 🙂
Lastly, remember to turn off the tap water while brushing your teeth.
Step 4: The Kitchen
Shopping for food locally supports neighborhood businesses and keeps people employed. Moreover, it helps prevent trucks from driving far distances to transport food.
Food that is sourced locally tastes better because it is fresher and was able to ripen on the vine (instead of a gas chamber).
Shop Smart, plan meals, and use shopping lists to avoid impulse buys.
Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need. Although you may save money by purchasing perishable items in bulk, it does you no good if you end up not eating them because they have over ripened or grown mold.
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.
Remember, it takes water, transportation, fertilizer, and labor to grow these funny fruits. They need love too!
Read about how you can use meal prepping to fund your retirement account here.
You can find bento lunchboxes, reusable glass containers, biodegradable lunch bags, and reusable silicon bags for food storage in the Sustainability Shop.
Don’t forget to freeze fresh produce and leftovers, if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad.
Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to produce meat than plants. You can learn more about the Reducetarian Diet and how the meat industry produces more carbon than the transportation industry in the library section of the Sustainability Shop.
Step 5: Grow Your Own Food and Compost
Composting food scraps can reduce waste that would otherwise need to be transported to a landfill.
Another benefit is that composting recycles nutrients, which can be used to start your own organic vegetable garden.
Nutrients from a compost pile is healthier for you and cheaper than purchasing chemical fertilizers.
The 10,000 Foot Overview:
Save money today by becoming a Sustainability Hero.
Remember, it is our own lives and futures at stake.
UN scientists have released a warning stating that the world has less than 15 years to reduce the carbon output to nearly 0 or else face serious climate change consequences.
This means that we need to drastically cut back on our carbon output and even start carbon sequestering campaigns to meet this goal.
Take action today, and remember to visit the sustainability shop to start using zero-waste, plastic alternative, and biodegradable products today.
Reduce your single-use waste output and take the Sustainability Pledge.
Becoming a Sustainability Hero has health, environment, and budget benefits
If global warming, climate change, and resource depletion are important to you, then pre-enroll for a free mini-course to learn about other money-saving sustainability swaps and actions that you can take to save the world!
Start by changing simple habits and using products that are sustainable/reusable.
- 5 Plastic-Free Swaps for a Sustainable Bathroom
- The Ultimate Guide for Sustainable Cookware
- Eco-Friendly Alternatives for a Sustainable Kitchen
- Top 5 Eco-Friendly Sustainable Yoga Mats!
Make global warming a hot topic and talk about these issues to your family, friends, and community. Letting them know about these simple actions can help us all make a larger impact.
The more you spread the word, the more a topic “catches fire” and more people become aware of the issue.
If you have enjoyed this content, please remember to spread the word by sharing so that we can help others join us in our efforts to prevent global warming too!
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