Earth day tips for better living

Buying locally grown food can help reduce fossil fuels needed to create big-name products.

Buying locally grown food can help reduce fossil fuels needed to create big-name products.

Americans are becoming more mindful about the choices they make in terms of food choices and lifestyle habits. Cutting down on certain actions or products can help make a huge impact on the environment, especially when done by a large amount of people.

One of the best days to eliminate pollution of many sorts is by living in a walkable transit-oriented community. This doesn’t mean a compact city; there are many small American towns that “support a walkable lifestyle,” according to a TreeHugger.com blog post.

Biking can seriously reduce annual emissions. Photo from TreeHugger.com.

Biking can seriously reduce annual emissions. Photo from TreeHugger.com.

If public transportation is not an option, biking is a second solution. Not only is it faster and free, but it also provides a workout. A second blog post from TreeHugger.com explains how “cycling to work lowered the risk of death by 40 percent.” Annually, a biker how rides about four miles to and from work avoids over 900 kg of CO2 emissions.

Eating local foods can sometimes spark skeptic comments, it also reduces the amount of fossil fuels that go into making big-name products. Eating local foods also means eating seasonal foods because any food that is available that is not in season was usually created using fossil fuels.

TreeHugger.com lists many ways to practice healthy living that positively impacts the environment.

TreeHugger.com lists many ways to practice healthy living that positively impacts the environment.

According to Redondobeach.patch.com, The United States wastes about 55 million tons of food each year. Raising livestock for their meat accounts for 20 percent of the greenhouse gases each year. If Americans all cut one pound of meat a week from their diet, they would “reduce more harmful gas emissions than (a) car produces during a 750-mile roadtrip.”

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