Try these tips to RETHINK your impact. Check this page frequently for new ideas!
The average car produces three tons of CO2 a year; walking or cycling produces none. Plus walking or cycling can help you burn calories and shed some unwanted weight; riding in a car doesn't. So leave the car at home.
Have at least one regular meatless meal
Not to say that everyone should become a vegetarian, but cutting out just one meat meal a week can significantly reduce the amount of energy and resources used to raise and process the livestock. For example one pound of beef requires seven pounds of grain, which requires 2,500 gallons of water for irrigation plus fertilizers and pesticides.
Say goodbye to paper towels
Using reusable towels that can be cleaned is a better alternative than using paper towels, which are thrown out after one use and fill landfills.
See What Others are Doing
- Juliet Schor talks about changing the world for the greater good on the website commondreams.org. Her article addresses the positives of changing to a more sustainable lifestyle. Read the full article for to “Rethinking Scale and Growth for a More Sustainable World.”
- Bioengineering Group created a video to promote rethinking Earth Day. To save the environment, shouldn’t we try to make every day earth day? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9I3Q6-ZSTI
- A middle school in Grand Rapids, Michigan is rethinking teaching sustainability in schools. View the full article here
- Eighty million dollars was given to Cornell University for sustainability research. They have a Center for Sustainable Future on campus. View the article here
- Ford is rethinking driving. They plan to invest $850M to retool factories for more fuel efficient vehicles. This initiative will also create 1,200 job openings. Check it out here