5 Carbon-Reducing Tips for Every Ecofeminist

Stop Eating Red Meat

We must remember the chemical connections between ourselves and the stars, between the beginning and now. We must remember and reactivate the primal consciousness of oneness between all living things.

-Barbara Mor, Co-author, The Great Cosmic Mother

The list below is by no means comprehensive, and it’s very privileged, but I’m looking at you middle-class folks. We can do a lot to effect change and be kind to our planet. Here are five easy steps you can start taking today:

1. Meatless Mondays

Eliminating as much meat as possible from your diet is the single largest thing you can do to reduce climate change. I’m not a vegan or a vegetarian, I’m decidedly anti-nature (I have a debilitating phobia of things that slither), and my previous motto with animals was, “I only like them in my food and medicine.” But things have changed, and I’ve come to realize the error of my ways. You don’t have to give up all of your meat. You definitely don’t have to do it all at once, but cutting meat out of your diet one day a week can lead to a radical change in your perception–one that has positive benefits for the entire planet. 

2. No-commute days

Does your company allow you to work from home? Check with your boss, ask HR, and if there isn’t a supportive policy, see what it will take to get one. If you can’t pull a work-from-home day try to ditch your car. It doesn’t have to be on a weekday either–the less you drive the better. At the very least, if you can’t take public transportation, try to organize a carpool!

Bottom line: ditch the car as much as possible!

3. Yellow lawns

How many times per week do you water your lawn? Try cutting it down to every other day or buy low-flow sprinklers (you can dial that shit in BY THE GALLON). I know the yellow lawn hurts. Trust me, I’m a homeowner, and I’m still trying to get my husband on board with this one, but you can do it. Especially all of you Utahns. Let it yellow a bit!

4. Less packaging

If you don’t already have a Nalgene, get one. Then get a reusable cold and hot drink cup. Don’t go to the store without it. And when you’re at the store opt for things that come in less packaging (it’s probably healthier anyway), and put it in a reusable grocery bag. Basically, just try to create a little less waste wherever you go.

5. Consume less in general

Does that gym bag really have to go in the garbage or can you sew it up? Capitalism tells us that more is better, and we’ve long been told that the best thing we can do for our country is spend, spend, spend, but that’s patently false. Just try consuming a little less overall, our planet, and your wallet, will thank you.

Loving our planet and preserving it for the future requires a major shift in thinking–one that recognizes the falsehoods fed to us by capitalist, patriarchal leaders. It requires substantial work from all of us, but these are five small ways you can start making a difference.

How do you reduce your carbon footprint? Tell us in the comments.

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