Since the recent Global Climate Action Strikes you may be feeling the doom and gloom of our climate statistics which may have also left you feeling like you can’t keep up with all that you want to do to make change both for yourself and the environment.
We put together some thoughtful and tangible ways to support climate action right now to alleviate the 'eco anxiety'.
1. Live within your values
Making small changes in your lifestyle to be in line with your “eco values” can help with your climate anxieties. Start by writing down those values and slowly incorporate them into your daily routine. For example; if you want to have a more sustainable kitchen, start by making a menu each week and only shopping for those items to complete your meals. Use vegetable scraps from the week to make veggie broth for soups and chilis. Eat dinner left overs for lunch the next day and port your meals to work in glass containers. Slowly switch over to reusable glass containers to freeze meals, broth, sauces, cooked veggies. Find a bulk store for spices and dry goods and take your own containers when you go.
These activities will make you feel better about your carbon footprint.
2. Take ownership of your homes energy consumption
Reducing your energy use at home helps you take direct ownership of your consumption and may take a load off your energy bills, carbon footprint and put some money back in your pocket!
Some ways to cut down on energy use are; reducing your shower time to 5 minutes, insulating your windows if they’re drafty, turn down your heat a couple of degrees, especially over night.
Find out from your local hydro company when the ‘on- peak rates’ and ‘off-peak rates’ and try and run your dishwasher and washer/dryer during the off peak times. Keep lights off during the day and unplug small appliances that aren't in use.
3. Find like-minded people
Find a community of like-minded individuals so that you can express and share your feelings of eco-overload. Perhaps sharing ideas can get some of them off your mind and give you a positive outlook on being with a community of people that are on the same page as you. Most likely, your ideas and opinions mirror theirs! Try an app called "meetup" and look at keywords like climate action group, green group, environment group.
4. Protect and nurture local green spaces
Get involved in community environment projects may help your mental health while also being good for the planet! Join a tree planting initiative or beach clean up. Know this; Green spaces absorb carbon dioxide, cool urban areas, reduce flood risk and provide valuable habitats for wildlife and spending time outside each day in nature is linked to better health and well-being! Read about it HERE.
5. Talk about the changes you make
Talk about the practical and positive changes you’ve made with others. This process gives us the sense of taking control back thus comforting your mind. You never know, talking about your plans to reduce your carbon footprint may inspire others to want to make changes right along with you!
6. Contribute to a cause that helps the planet!
Contributing to a cause that is near and dear to your heart will give you all the feels! At Econic Apparel, we support Land is Life, a Global Indigenous Rights Organization. Fires are ravaging the Amazon Rainforest, these fires were deliberately set and we want to help those directly affected. You can help by donating directly to Land is Life or by purchasing one of our eco tees with a graphic that shows pictures of the beautiful Amazon Rainforest.
$5 of every purchase goes directly to Land is Life.
Over time with these simple changes, you’re taking climate action and turning it in to every day life all while helping the planet!
For more information on changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint, check out one our favourite client websites, www.davidsuzuki.org