2020 was one of the hottest years in recorded history and it’s unlikely that 2021 will get any cooler. We at ActNeutral believe there’s no better time than the New Year to reflect on what we have accomplished and set goals for the future. If you purchased our carbon offset subscription in 2020 we appreciate your commitment to a renewable future and look forward to rewarding you in 2021. If you are a follower of our company on social media we are constantly posting tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Below are a few of our personal carbon reduction suggestions heading into 2021!
Watch What You Eat
When it comes to carbon footprints, few are larger than the meat industry. As a whole, the agriculture industry accounts for nearly 15 percent of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions. They are the 4th largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Not all agriculture is created equal though, and we have to eat something. Of this 15 percent, nearly 65 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by cattle farms. For this reason, it is important to be conscious of eating red meat and consuming dairy products. We realize that it is not realistic for everyone to quit eating meat entirely but there are some tangible goals individuals can set for themselves regarding their meat consumption. Here are some of ours:
- Choose chicken instead of red meat
- Try and isolate your red meat consumption to certain days of the week. For example, only eating meat on the weekends.
- Explore sustainable vegetarian options, like impossible foods. They have some amazing red meat alternatives that are both healthy and sustainable. You can hardly differentiate some of their products from the real deal.
- Using dairy alternatives whenever possible that use almond milk, coconut milk, or plant based milks Almost all grocery stores carry these products and they are delicious as well!
We know some of these goals can be tough and not everyone can expect to be perfect 7 days a week but setting small goals for 2021 can make a big difference. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, and 20 lbs C02 equivalent. That’s a big carbon impact.
Walk More, Drive Less or Drive More, Fly Less
Now let’s talk about transportation. Other than the energy industry, the transportation sector is the number one contributor to man made global greenhouse gas emissions. In the US alone, the transportation sector accounts for 28 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Everyday we fire up our car to go to work, we are adding to this carbon output. At ActNeutral, we are realistic about human’s need to move and travel. However, there are some ways we can do this more sustainably. Many of us have heard of Greta Thunberg giving up flying all together but not everyone can make that commitment. Here are some tangible carbon reducing goals you can set for 2021:
- Drive your car for vacation instead of flying. If you do need to fly, make sure you are purchasing carbon offsets to offset your flight.
- Ride your bike to work whenever possible.
- Walk to the grocery store, to dinner, or over to a friends house.
- Carpool with your friends or family instead of taking separate cars.
- Take a bus to work or get a ride from your coworker.
Become an ActNeutral Subscriber
We may be a little biased here but signing up for ActNeutral is one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint in 2021. Our carbon offset subscription goes beyond making incremental changes to lower your carbon output, it completely removes the carbon your home life is producing from the atmosphere through various projects. The synergy between buying carbon offsets and taking steps to reduce your footprint is the best way to combat climate change on a personal level. These commitments make for green New Year. As Bill Gates recently stated the best two things someone can do right now for the environment are use their voice and buy carbon offsets.