"One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken." - Leo Tolstoy
As summer arrives and brings with it sunshine, greenery, and time spent outdoors, it is a good time to pause. To reassess and reevaluate what is important in our lives- in all of our lives. Challenge yourself to take this new season to ask yourself how you will make an effort to care for the planet we all share. Many people might be planning travel plans for the time the lockdowns are lifted and its safe to travel again. So even though you can't go on vacation just yet, let's explore ways you can soften your impact on the environment at home and when (finally) abroad.
No matter if we're home or traveling abroad, there's a good chance we're all using cars as the main mode of transportation. Instead, consider traveling by public transportation or biking! Train travel is underrated compared to driving by car, but it's actually pretty great. Aside from being one of the sustainable options, it can also be the most enjoyable! Trains emit between 66& and 75% less carbon than cars and airplane, according to Eurorail's website. Next time you need to get around town, reduce your impact by taking public transportation, walking, or biking whenever possible!
Follow the 5 R's rule: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle. First, refuse to buy what you don't need. Reduce to use less. Reuse what you already have instead of buying something. Repurpose, or take something and use it for something else. Repurpose scrap paper for taking notes or use an old towel as a cloth to clean up spills. Last but not least, recycle. Recycle what you can- paper, plastic, metal and glass. Also recycle food waste in compost bins.
As you can see, there are many options readily available at your fingertips to live more sustainably. While you daydream your next vacation, I encourage you to look into some of these eco-friendly alternatives you can adapt in your life now.