In my brand new series, Planet Love, I’ll be sharing information from a variety of sustainability and eco-conscious topics. I’m so excited to share information and updates of what’s going on around us, how I’m living a more sustainable lifestyle, my progress, and journey on the road to zero-waste, eco-friendly products, and more. It’s so important that we do our part to save our beautiful planet and become more aware of the impact we all make.
What is sustainability? Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.
This is a topic that’s been discussed and brought up in numerous ways in the past few years from environmental activists and influencers of social activism and change like Greta Thurberg, the rise of more sustainable and eco-friendly businesses, and more. It’s a conversation that is so important and one that is still glossed over in terrifying ways, but slowly more and more people are realizing that the impact we are having on the environment and the consequences that will surely follow. It’s one that we are beginning to see for ourselves from climate change, to drastic global weather events, the loss and extinction of several species, rapid destruction of our environment, waste, pollution, and more.
On a large scale, it’s easy to see the damage that’s been done over the last hundred years. It can be harder to see the damage on an individual one. I’ve been interested in ecology for years after taking several classes throughout college (I almost minored in it for no reason at all), and I’ve learned just how much of an impact we all have on our environment. Our daily habits in all aspects of our life contribute to several issues whether it be the the burning of fossil fuels from the gas we use in our cars to the amount of waste we accumulate at our homes. I just believe it’s important to be aware. The changes that are truly needed can’t happen without self-awareness and accepting responsibility.
How can you start practicing more sustainable habits? First, it’s helpful to know where your individual contribution is occurring. This impact is as known as our carbon footprint. As defined by nature.org;
A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.
The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons, one of the highest rates in the world. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tons. To have the best chance of avoiding a 2℃ rise in global temperatures, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop under 2 tons by 2050.
I encourage you all to take this short questionnaire to find out your carbon footprint estimation here. It’s SO insightful and can help provide insight to some ways you can begin to change your habits and cut down your carbon footprint.
As we approach Earth Day next month, I’m so excited to continue this series! I’m still debating how I want to contribute and do something special so I need to brainstorm something huge.
I challenge you to find just ONE way to reduce your carbon footprint. Small changes can lead to big impacts. Let’s help save our planet together. Be sure to check my highlight on Instagram for the Daily News, where I share current events and articles all about sustainability and the environment. I love you all, thank you for the support always.