by Madeline Laughs
“Is a forest a sacred grove or simply timber and pulp?“
There are simple steps you can take to considerably reduce your own ecological footprint.
1. Choose a place to live that reduces the need to drive.
2. Think twice before purchasing another car.
3. Choose a fuel-efficient, low polluting car.
4. Set a concrete goal for reducing your travel. Go on a gasoline diet.
5. Walk, bicycle, carpool or take public transit whenever
6. Eat less meat. Meat production is harder on the environment than any other food.
7. Buy certified organic and locally-grown food when possible.
8. Don’t rent or buy more house than you need.
9. Upgrade your heating and hot-water efficiency.
10. Install energy efficient lighting and appliances.
11. If possible, choose an electricity supplier offering
Measures to Lighten Up
• Increase the amount of organically grown food that you eat
• Dry 12 loads of laundry per month on the clothesline rather
than an electric or gas dryer
• Shower 3 minutes less per day
• Increase the amount of locally grown food that you eat by
• Keep the thermostat set 5 degrees lower during the heating
• Increase the amount of unprocessed and unpackaged food
you eat by 50%
• Fly 5 hours less per year
• Drive 20 miles less per week
• Substitute one meat dinner a week with a vegetarian
1 acre for 1 year
• Postpone having a child for one month
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