Whether you live in the city, suburbs or the country, there are many simple things you can do to help create a more sustainable household, community and planet. And when your own actions are multiplied by the thousands, the positive impacts have even greater benefits for the Earth.
What can you do? What steps make sense for your own lifestyle? Try a few!
1. Plant a Billion Trees
Every dollar you donate means a tree will be planted in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.
2. Trashless Lunch
Pack a meal that will fill your stomach, not a landfill.
4. Donate Your Birthday
Presents won't change your life, so why not help change the world.
5. Buy Green Gifts
Give the gift of a Nature Conservancy Membership, among other options.
6. Carbon Footprint Calculator
Answer a few questions and find out how to lessen your impact.
7. Buy Sustainable Coffee
Purchasing coffee marked "shade grown" is good for the planet.
8. Eat More Plants
Livestock generates more greenhouse gases than all the planes, trains and automobiles on the planet.
9. Green Your Household Products
Baking soda and vinegar can clean and deodorize your home – no need for conventional cleaners!
10. Buy FSC: It's Good Wood
FSC certification is approval that forest ecosystems have been protected even as wood is harvested.
11. Take the Stairs
Taking an elevator might require the mining of uranium or fossil fuel.
12. Fight Climate Change: Leave Your Computer On
Join a distributed computing network that models the effects of climate change.
13. Garden With Native Plants
Native plants are adapted to native soils; they don’t need chemical pesticides and fertilizers.
14. Compost. Yes, Compost
Composting produces less waste and provides a natural fertilizer for gardens.
15. Get Reel with Your Mower
A single gas-powered mower emits 80 pounds of CO2 a year. Reel mowers really work!