"Environmentalist" used to be synonymous with "tree-hugger" and "liberal."
But the fact is, everybody really is an environmentalist. If you care about nature—the beautiful landscapes, yes, but also the life-bringing resources like water and land that we need—then you really do care about sustainable living.
So check out these tips from Nature Conservancy staff and leading environment bloggers on how to make personal, science-based choices to help save the planet.
"Smaller, local breweries offer a number of eco-advantages to the consumer."
"Which would you rather do: Give up your car or give up eating meat?"
"Only put on your skin ingredients that you'd be able to eat as well."
"A shared car can take approximately 17 personally owned vehicles off the road."
"It feels good to pick up my carryout and fuel at the same place."
Haley A. Wilhite
"My personal mission has been to clean-up litter wherever I can."
"We were determined to figure out how to continue commuting by bike."
Leigh Ann Evans
"If you don’t consume something in the first place, you reduce the impact in two places: production and disposal."
"Before you toss out that box, jar, container or bag, think about how you can reuse it."
Madeline Van Tassel
"One person's closet is definitely another person's treasure."
"In the interest of not spending my kid’s college fund on good-smelling beauty products, I became conscious of the quantity of products I use."
"It's a brave new economy, and it's 100-percent resource-free."
"Few of us know the origin of the forest products we purchase."
"The best part is: It's pretty easy to do."
"Nothing on Earth breaks down traditional plastic."
"Any energy saved is good for the environment."
"We’ve all heard about reducing our carbon footprint — but what about our pets’ pawprint?"
"The real cost of moving firewood is a lot higher than you might suspect."
"Think of species diversity as a way to hedge your ecological bets."
"Using plants adapted to your climate means less watering, pesticides and fertilizers."
"This great little science project never fails to amaze me."
"I didn't realize just how significant the difference was."