Recently, I have undergone a number of changes in my life for many different reasons. One reason for these changes was to improve my health, and another was to lower the impact that I have on the environment.
I do want to be clear that it might not be possible for everyone who reads this to make these exact changes, but I think that many will find at least one or two of them that are possible.
Here are some of the changes I’ve made, why I’ve made them, and how I’ve accomplished them.
I have gone vegan
Veganism has become a bit of a trend, but those of us who are able to do it can not only become healthier, but we can also significantly lower our personal carbon footprints.
Industrial farming has a huge impact on the environment, and is one of the biggest factors in regards to climate change. Furthermore, because there have been so many advancements in the way we go about getting our food, it is perfectly possible for those of us with the means to be healthier with a vegan diet.
Now, it is important to note that my food budget has increased significantly since going vegan, so those who have less money will have a harder time doing this. However, if you are capable of moving to a vegan diet, you’ll be able to improve your health and the environment.
I’ve stopped driving to work
There’s a pretty reliable public transportation system where I live, and that has allowed me to stop driving to work every day. This has not only saved me a whole lot of money on gas, but I’ve also been able to enjoy my city and the people in it a whole lot more.
Depending upon your location, this might not be possible for you, but if you care about your impact on climate change and have the means, I highly suggest it.
I only buy the most energy-efficient appliances
This is one that actually pays for itself if you can make the initial investment. While appliances with Energy Star labels on them might cost a little bit more up front, they will save you money on your bills in the long run. My energy-efficient appliances have already paid for themselves.
I’ve sealed windows and doors and installed proper insulation
Like the last one on my list, this is an investment that will pay for itself eventually. I did need to have an expert come out in order to make sure that my home was properly weatherized, and that cost money, but I have seen a significant reduction in my energy bills.
We all have to live on this planet, and we also have to leave it for future generations. If each of us can do our part to help the environment, we will be able to secure a livable future for the generations that will come after us.