There’re two kinds of people nowadays:
A) People who are worried about Mother Nature and want to do something. Unfortunately, with so much information out there they could quickly feel overwhelmed and therefore, they could end up doing nothing.
B) People who still think that this “issue” isn’t their fault, and they are not willing to do anything.
The thing is that this “issue” is not only an “issue” anymore, that’s why it’s been called an emergency. And what happens when we face an emergency?… Yes, we try to fix it, right?
I’ve been trying to find powerful arguments to convince my relatives and friends, who are still kind of indifferent, to do something, anything!
So, considering that all of us started with one simple action, I came up with some no-actions that could work. These are baby-steps that take almost zero-effort, and the best part is that they help us save money (a perfect reason to convince an indifferent person).
Let me tell you about them:
1. Mind your food leftovers. According to a CBC article, 58% of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted (more than 35 million tonnes). What you can do to tackle this problem is to stop buying the food you’re not sure you’re going to consume. As simple as that. And if something is about to spoil, freeze it until you can cook it, or if you’re more proactive, donate it!
2. Put your money in the most eco-friendly bank. Finding a green bank is almost impossible. However, some of them are better than others that are actually worsening the climate emergency. I found some articles about it, here’re my findings: “Canada Lagging in Sustainable Financing” talks about Canada and its lack of leadership in this aspect, it’s so frustrating! Banks are still funding fossil fuel corporations; but according to the article I read on the Financial Post, National Bank is reducing its oil and gas loan book, from 2014 to 2019, they went from $3.62 billion to $2.75 billion. In the end, there’s no perfect option, but there’s a chance to choose the “not that bad.”
3. Avoid non-sense purchases. They not only make you spend extra money, they also promote overproduction and increase the amount of waste. Next time you want to get another scarf, purse, tennis, appliance, or whatever, think it twice first. If you don’t really need it or if you can repair the one you already have (there’re many places that help people to fix their stuff), then hold your horses. Save money and save the planet as well. Actually, it’s not mentioned very often, but one of the best things we all can do to help Mother Nature is CONSUME LESS.
4. Turn off the lights you’re not using and protect your blue bin stuff from the rain and snow because if it’s wet it won’t be able to be recycled.
Now you know, you can’t complain, there’re a million ways to start doing something eco-friendly, Follow at least one of these tips and you’ll see ia not that complicated!