5. MOVE TO THE CITY
Although concrete blocks may not seem green at first glance, living in a city offers a host of environmental benefits compared to the suburbs. The key is density – living in a more dense environment is simply more efficient because of shared infrastructure for heating, plumbing, public transportation, and energy. Dense cities also enable public transportation and have been shown to limit population growth. While you’re moving, consider – gasp – taking up residence in a smaller home. We’ve showcased many incredible projects that show how you can still live large in a small space.
6. BUY NOTHING
Each year on April 22nd our inbox is flooded with a deluge of marketing pitches touting Earth Day-branded junk – from “eco-shaped” bottled water to suspicious sales incentives (carbon-neutral shipping!), to the ubiquitous tote bags, t-shirts, and canteens. These pitches are so geared towards driving sales and pushing products that they ignore one of the most fundamental tenets of sustainability: the best way to preserve the world’s resources and ensure a sustainable planet for future generations is to consume less and stop buying so much crap.