Top 10 lifestyle changes to reduce your footprint in 2012

The United Nations has designated 2012 as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. Make a commitment this year to reduce your carbon footprint by making these Top 10 lifestyle changes:

  • Recycle every day, right down to the receipt from your shopping trip.
  • Turn off the lights when you are not in the room.
  • Stop using Styrofoam containers. Bring your own reusable container to the restaurant if you know they use them and ask them to make the change, too.
  • Stop buying bottled water. Buy a BPA-free bottle and take it everywhere you go.
  • Make the switch to mercury-free halogen bulbs.
  • Turn down the heat. Don’t wear shorts in your house during the winter. Bundle up and turn the thermostat turn down.
  • Buy local. (The shorter the distance to you the better the food tastes anyway.)
  • Start Meatless Mondays and overall eat less meat. Livestock production accounts for about 18% of all human caused greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for about 23% of all global water used in agriculture.
  • Carpool or take public transportation. It also can save you money.
  • Plant a garden, even if it is in pots on your deck. Every little bit helps.

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