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Living in a big city, sometimes the realities of what we’re doing to our atmosphere hit me hard. When I travel to beautiful, rural areas—particularly those of a high altitude—I look around at the blue skies and green grass and think, “Ah. Our planet is fine!” But then, when I look down, towards the nearest city, and see a distinct, seemingly impenetrable sheet of haze over it I realize, “Oh damn. Maybe it’s not fine down there.” And when I return to the city, it becomes quiet clear: we aren’t being good to our planet. The air quality is not great. There are little pieces of plastic and cigarette butts on the grass, even in the “Nice neighborhoods.” Perhaps nobody put it there—perhaps it blew out of a nearby dumpster—but it still isn’t good. I do feel compelled to at least do my part to not be a part of this issue, even if I alone can’t save the planet. Here are small ways you can reduce your carbon footprint today.

reduce carbon footprint ideas

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Eat less meat

Though we want to support our farmers, those in the livestock business are creating more greenhouse emissions than fossil fuel. Cattle is the worst offender, but poultry and other popular livestock still require a tremendous amount of water and produce an astounding amount of emissions. Go veggie when you can.

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