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Living sustainably: 4 areas where you can have an impact

Clim8 Team

20 November 2019 Sustainability

Living sustainably is important. While the climate crisis demands more government action (“top down”), there are some actions that each of us can take, to help reverse climate change (“bottom up”).

The World Economic Forum has recently highlighted some statistics that show the unsustainability of many of our lifestyles. Let’s have a look at what the main issues are and how we can help solve them (spoiler: pay close attention to number 4 !)

How many of these 4 challenges were you already aware of?

#1 Meat production

Did you know that producing red meat generates half of all methane emissions? And these emissions are only forecasted to rise, due to increased demand for beef across the world as the world’s population increases by another 2 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050.

What can Clim8ers do?

Have you ever considered adopting a “flexitarian” diet? A staggering number of people have already adopted a flexitarian diet in the UK and the US, leading to a surge in interest in vegan food and animal-free products.

#2 Lost soil

Soil is being lost 100 times faster than it’s being formed in farming areas. And half the fertile topsoil on the planet has been lost in the last 150 years. Soil erosion releases carbon into the atmosphere and can also lead to flooding, desertification and pollution – it’s a negative spiral.

What can Clim8ers do?

Reforesting is key – planting trees is definitely one of the best gifts that we can give to ourselves and our children.

#3 Food waste

Food waste generated 10% of human-made greenhouse gas emission from 2010-2016. Astonishing, right? That’s because about 30% of all food produced is not eaten and rotting food produces methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than CO2.

What can Clim8ers do?

Shop smart: don’t overbuy (3 for 2 offers where you really only need 1) – it will benefit the environment and your finances too!

Keep your fridge clutter-free: an overly filled fridge will make it difficult to see food and know when products are expiring.

Store food properly: to avoid food spoilage. Did you know, for example, that tomatoes and cucumbers should not be refrigerated?

#4 Exploitation of land

Humans are impacting the land and causing a quarter of the land to degrade. 37% of all human-made emissions come from our use of land, including forestry, farming and food production.

What can Clim8ers do?

Living sustainably is important, but investing sustainably is even more crucial. There are companies that continue to exploit the earth and others that are trying to fix the urgent environmental issues we are all facing. With Clim8, we’re giving everyone the opportunity to make an impact with their savings by investing in these sustainable companies. If you want to be part of this movement and make a difference, join our waitlist today with the link below.

There is still hope for our planet, but we have to act fast. Will you be part of the solution or the problem?