6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference

by , 04/22/11

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The USGBC states that our built environment accounts for a whopping 40 percent of global carbon emissions, and much of those emissions are produced in the service of interior heating, cooling, and lighting. The best way to cut this carbon load is to make our buildings more energy-efficient — the process often involves renovations and investment in your home, but it can save you a bundle on utility bills in the long run. Start with an energy audit and then check out our Green Home Experts Series for a wealth of eco tips – from setting up smart energy systems to improving your interior to upgrading your windows.

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According to the EPA, the average passenger vehicle produces 5.2 metric tons of CO2 every year, and the transportation sector accounts for 27 percent of America’s greenhouse gas emissions. One way to cut this figure down is to kick car culture to the curb and walk or ride a bicycle whenever possible. If you don’t have a bike and you want one, you’re in luck – today Inhabitat is giving away an awesome Linus Bicycle to the reader who comes up with the best Earth Day resolution!

If you live far from your work then consider carpooling or taking public transportation. Car sharing networks like Zipcar and Autolib are also taking off around the world, so check to see if any serve your community.

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  1. arose May 12, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Use a highly effective contraceptive method.

    Having a child is one of the most environmentally costly things most people do. (e.g. over a lifetime a child in US generates thousands of tons of garbage, greenhouse gases, uses a lot of energy, water, etc.) But almost half of the pregnancies in the US are unintended (people start that whole process without meaning to). Most of the unintended pregnancies are caused by people not using contraception, or using it inconsistently. A smaller fraction are from instances where the method failed. (e.g. using less effective methods).

    Highly effective methods, like IUD, implant, vasectomy reduce chances of unintentionally creating another consumer of earths resources, and they save money too.

  2. monicaca April 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Happy Earth Day – Behold the Plastiki! David de Rothschild sails from San Francisco to Sydney in boat made of plastic bottles: http://f4a.tv/eUqAMC

  3. cliffchampion April 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    fantastic post. all of these are great suggestions!

  4. treefitty April 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    My three-prong resolution for the next 365 days goes as follows:
    1) Only buy second-hand clothing (excluding socks & underwear, because that’s just gross, but I’ll make sure those are as Earth-friendly as possible).
    2) Learn how to make my own solar panel AND actually make one.
    3) Learn more about biomimicry, and then look for ways in which our technological addictions can start to adopt the principles of biomimicry.

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