10 Ways To Go Green

Sometimes people perceive pollution and global warming as one large problem with one large solution to ‘fix it’ and that their actions don’t make a difference. However, it is rather a question of what we can do not alone, but what we can achieve by acting together with many small individual solutions.

Our health is ultimately tied to the health of the world around us. The quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink all reflect the state of the globe’s ecosystems. If we don’t change some of our ways, our children and grandchildren wail be left with an increasingly unhealthy and unstable world (Suzuki, 2006).

“If everyone on Earth would consume as much as Canadians do, we would need the equivalent of five more planets in order to survive” (Rees and Wackernagel, University of B.C. 2006). Canadians’ represent less than 1% of the world’s population; however they consume approximately 10% of the Earth’s resources. Canadians’ rate of resource consumption is huge, according to Bill Rees and Mathis Wackernagel.

Canadian citizens are extremely concerned about how environmental degradation and pollution are affecting their physical health, their quality of life, food, and air and water supplies that humans and wildlife depend on to survive (Angus- Reid Survey, 2006).

Two-thousand International Scientists from around the world agree that the need for action in protecting the Environment for future generations is urgent! (IPCC report, 2007).

10 Ways To Go Green and Help Improve Our Environment

  1. Reduce home energy use by 10 percent
    An energy-efficient home will lower your utility bills and reduce your environmental impact. Heating accounts for nearly 60 % of energy in the average Canadian home.
  2. Choose an energy efficient home and appliance
    R-2000 homes use 30% less energy than standard homes. Modern appliances are better for the environment.
  3. Don’t use pesticides
    Small children and pets are especially vulnerable to the dangers of chemicals.
  4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week
    The production and processing of grains requires far less water and land than does meat.
  5. Buy locally grown and produced food
    Try buying local food for one month a year. It reduces greenhouse gases emissions and other pollutants from food transportation.
  6. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle
    A typical SUV uses almost twice the fuel of a modern car, although both seat the same number of passengers.
  7. Walk, bike or take transit to work or school
    The air we breathe inside our cars can be up to 10 times more polluted than the air outside.
  8. Choose a home close to work or school
    If you live in a convenient location, you will lower your emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
  9. Support alternative transportation
    Transit lines and bike paths mean less pollution, less gridlock and urban sprawl.
  10. Learn more and share with others
    We can inspire our leaders to incorporate environmental conservation into public policy.

For more information on what you can do for the environment check out these other important websites:

  • David Suzuki -David Suzuki Foundation Challenge
  • MEC Mountain Equipment Coop Ecological Footprint questionnaire and survey to assess your impact.
  • Time 51 things you can do to help the environment.
  • Eco Action To find out what you can do about climate change
  • Green & gold Recommendations for a ‘Green Office’.


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Change the World For Ten Bucks  -A great book on how to ‘Make A Difference’ Includes 50 simple  inspiring ideas to positively change the world.