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New Year’s resolutions for a more sustainable planet

New Year’s resolutions for a more sustainable planet
14.01.2016 | Raquel Sousa

Climate change is one of the most urgent topics in the world. We all know that climate change is a global challenge with a high need for new global solutions.

It’s necessary to encourage business leaders to implement a sustainable culture of innovation as well as involve communities to fight for a more sustainable planet. The community of businesses, entrepreneurs, students and researchers are working to make a difference in this field but it’s also necessary to encourage and involve individual citizens to adopt a green lifestyle to make 2016 a healthier and a more prosperous year for the Earth and for ourselves.

January is the month for New Year resolutions. The most popular resolutions are things that depend only from ourselves but we should not forget that we’re not alone in the Earth and we should take care of this amazing treasure. Why not use green living as an excuse to keep up your resolutions? Following there are 3 suggestions (made by reporter Yuka Yoneda) to contribute for a more sustainable planet that could be blended with the most common New Year resolutions.

1. Walk or Bike to Work. Losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is at the top of most people’s New Year’s resolutions but we all know how hard it is to keep with it. Why don’t you try to walk or bike to the work? The added bonus for the environment is one less car on the road, and the gas money you’ll save every day is a nice little added incentive as well.

2. Avoid Processed Food products. We all know the nasty health issues associated with processed foods and the environmental impacts of factory farming, so why not make 2016 the year you change your eating habits for the better? Pay attention to the origin of fresh food that you buy. Most of the supermarkets have sections devoted to food that was made or grown locally. Making those kind of food products a larger part of your diet is of course better for your health but it also means less CO2 emitted because those products don’t have to be trucked across the country or flown from other parts of the world.

3. Save energy. One of the easiest resolutions to nip in the bud right now is to save energy and money by installing an electricity monitor. You’ll definitely want to continue being mindful about turning off your lights and appliances when they’re not in use during the rest of the year, but making these small changes right now will get you off to a great start.

What are your sustainable resolutions?

Relevant themes: Environment, Climate action
Relevant tags: Sustainability, Sustainable lifestyles


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