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10 Actions For the Planet During A Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has turned many of our lives upside down. Just a few weeks ago, individuals in countries around the world were socializing with friends, catching a movie at the theater, and, really, just going about their daily business as usual. Now, everything has changed. 

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, government officials and health experts are recommending (and often mandating) that we practice social distancing to put a halt to the spread of the outbreak, given a surge of infected patients are overwhelming our hospitals and death rates of COVID-19 victims continue to soar. This means many are stuck at home for at least one month.

As we exercise our individual and collective responsibility to reduce viral transmissions to preserve human health, we believe there is still many ways we can stay positive and exercise our power to fight for our environmental wellbeing. Let us all use this solitary time to reassess our current habits and develop new ones that contribute to a more just and thriving planet for all. Today, we are sharing with you 10 ways you can take action for the planet during this pandemic.

 

Start Your Zero Waste Journey

There is no better time to get to know your waste and where you create the most waste than right now when you are stuck at home. Open up your pantry, your fridge, go to your closet, assess your room, look in your car. Take a good look at your life and make a list of the top three ways that you make the most waste. Now, you have a starting point. The next thing we encourage you to do is select one of those three main areas and slowly begin to chip away at it.

 

Downsize

Take to your closet, your pantry, the fridge, or really any space in your house that could use a good reorganizing and downsizing! There are few better feelings in this world than getting rid of things you no longer need. Rather than sending no longer wanted items to the landfill, consider offering your items for sale on a social media app like OfferUp or donating them to the Goodwill. 

 

Adopt Composting

Ever wanted to start composting but not sure where to start? Start here. Food waste stuck in the landfill is a large driver of climate change as it cannot decompose properly and produces methane gas. Start your own compost bin in your backyard, or consider donating your compost to a community garden. For a how-to video, visit our founder Marina's Youtube channel!

 

Educate Yourself with Books and Documentaries

We all love a good Netflix and chill night, but rather than watching one of your favorite TV shows or go-to movies, consider watching a documentary to inspire new ways of thinking. Similarly, take up a good book. We've created a list of books and documentaries below that you can dive into to educate yourself on climate change and the planet.

BOOKS

  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
  • The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming By David Wallace-Wells
  • The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution- and How We Can Fight Back

FILMS

Volunteer for Earth Day

Since Earth Day is going online for the sake of public health, every message helps to inform people how to take action at home. Global change requires all of us taking action. Using hashtags #EARTHRISE and #EarthDay2020, tag three friends on social media and ask them to join the movement.

 

Limit Takeout Orders

Takeout of orders are responsible for a lot of waste being sent to the landfill. When you can avoid it, aim to shop at your grocery store in the fresh produce section and canned and glass goods sections. When you do get around to cooking, prep enough for several meals so that when you are ready to cook again, all of your veggies and food is ready to be tossed in the over or plated. 

 

Switch to Green Power

Did you know you may have a green power option available? Not everyone can put up solar panels or connect to a windmill. The good news is that more and more electric utilities are offering green power options, where you can sign up to get some, most or all of your electricity from renewable energy sources. Awesome, right? Though it is true that some utilities may charge a small premium, you will likely find savings in your bill over time. Contact your local electric utility today!

 

Catch Up On Politics... & Vote! 

As you may know, it’s election season! Vote for the world you wish to live in by learning more about who is running online. If you feel passionate about a certain candidate, consider volunteering to support their campaign. Many people are stuck at home at this time, meaning your chances of catching someone on the phone is higher than usual. 

 

Start A Garden

Connect more deeply with that is on your plate by growing your own food! Whether it is building an entire garden box to grow kale, chard, carrots etc. or just adopting some new edible plants for the home, growing your own food will save you money and provide you with the freshest, most nutrient-dense produce around! Check out our friend Kevin's video with Epic Gardening about 5 crops you can harvest in under a month.

 

Move Your Body

Sustain yourself to sustain your mission! Take this time at home to try out a new workout routine or go on a short walk daily to catch some fresh air and 1-on-1 time with Mother Earth. Your body will thank you.

 

Thanks for joining us for another blog post on the {Zero} Waste Kit blog! We hope you feel inspired to adopt some new habits that are good for you and the planet during these uncertain times. We are sending love to you all, and our wishes that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy! If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below. Lastly, don’t forget to share this post with someone who would appreciate it!


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