Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is one of the world best know conservationist of our time. He operates the David Suzuki Foundation who’s goal it is to make our world a little bit greener.
He has what he calls the Nature Challenge. Essentially a online pledge to commit to changing 10 habits we all have. Suzuki believes that by adhering to these changes we will curb the effects of global warming.
1. Reduce home energy use by 10%
Tip: You can reduce water use by 20 to 40% by installing low flow showerheads and faucets in your home.
2. Choose and energy efficient home and appliances.
Tip: A new refrigerator uses up to 40% less energy than models produced before 1993.
3. Replace dangerous pesticides with alternatives.
Tip: Use indigenous plants and vegetation in your garden and you’ll reduce the need for fertillizer, pesticides and extra water.
4. Eat meat-free meals one day a week.
Tip: Increasing your vegetable and fuit intake could help reduce your risk of cancer by more than 20%.
5. Buy Locally grown and produced food.
Tip: Did you know? When you shop local, you help offset greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with the transportation of food.
6. Choose a fuel efficient vehicle.
Tip: Think about buying a compact car. It requires half the fuel of an SUV to operate in the city.
7. Walk, bike, carpool or take transit.
Tip: Did you know? The average person spends 32 hours a month driving and 27 hours a month paying for their car use.
8. Choose a home close to work or school.
Tip: If you can cut your commute time by 30 minutes a day, you’ll spend an extra 83 days with your family instead of in your car. (over 20 years)
9. Support car-free alternatives.
Tip: Did you know? Pedestrian friendly European cities devote less than 10% of land to cars, while auto-centric North America devotes up to 50% of land for roads and parking lots.
10. Learn more and share with family and friends.
Tip: For more information check out our take action page. We can inspire our elected leaders to incorperate environmental conservation into public policy.
So visit his site and take the Nature Challenge pledge together as a family to follow these ten guidlines.
Source: David Suzuki Foundation