Climate Change and Sustainable Living

“If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.”     - Pete Seger

 

Rising sea levels.  Raging storms.  Searing heat.  Ferocious wildfires.  Severe drought.  Punishing floods.  The effects of climate change are already threatening our health, our communities, our economy, our security, and our children’s future.

What can you do?  A whole lot, as it turns out.  Each American, on average, produces 21 tons of carbon a year, about four times the global average.  Households in Marin have an average carbon footprint higher than much of the country due to our level of affluence, which allows for the purchase of more goods, airflights, larger vehicles and larger homes.

Personal actions can make a major difference in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, particularly until meaningful government policies limit carbon pollution and aggressively move away from dirty fossil fuels toward cleaner power.

But we can’t wait for Washington to act. Join the growing list of cities, states, tribes, and companies who’ve pledged to take climate action and live more sustainable lifestyles.

What is “Sustainable Living?”

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that aims to reduce one’s environmental impact, in ways that are sustainable both for the Earth and for the person.  There are endless ways to live sustainably, including: reducing your use of resources, composting, relying on clean energy sources, reducing your consumption of single-use plastic, eating less animal products, shopping for clothing and other items sustainably, buying local, and more.

 

How Can Sustainable Living Stop Climate Change?

Sustainable living is all about reducing our individual environmental impacts, which ultimately is done by utilizing less resources and less fossil fuels.  As more and more people (and even more importantly, corporations and governments) start living more sustainably, the less fossil fuels they will burn.  And since burning fossil fuels releases carbon into the atmosphere and causes the Earth’s temperature to rise, the less fossil fuels we burn, the smaller our environmental impact will be.

How to Start Sustainable Living

There are numerous ways to start living more sustainably — and a sustainable lifestyle looks different for everyone. Areas where you can reduce your impact include:

  • Eating lower on the food chain

  • Composting green waste

  • Recycling packaging and reducing single-use plastics

  • Buy locally

  • Purchase an electric vehicle

  • Reduce vehicular trips by walking, biking, using transit and trip-combining

  • Install solar panels or purchase carbon-free power from your local utility

  • Increase energy efficiency in the home; upgrade appliances to lower energy alternatives

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Paul Hawken lists three actions where sustainability issues directly involve women and girls.
Ranking #6 is educating girls. Ranking #7 is family planning. Ranking #62 is Women smallholders.
(Ask Laurie Gallian, Pres SI/SV for more info)
What about the fashion industry and sustainable issues?
The fashion industry uses 10% of all humanity's carbon emissions.
The fashion industry is the second-largest consumer of the world's water supply.
The fashion industry pollutes the oceans with micro plastics.
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

 

Reading

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Film and Videos
  • An Inconvenient Truth, produced by Al Gore.

  • ? by David Attenborugh

 

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Websites
  • climaterealityproject.org has the mission to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every sector of society.

  • 24HoursOfReality.org  As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change, the climate reality project is partnering with TED Countdown for 24 hours of presentations and conversations on the moment we're living in and the future we want. 

 

  • ZER0WASTEMARIN is concerned about the quantity of textiles that goes into our local waste.

Podcasts

These podcasts can be found on your favorite podcast app (i.e., Stitcher, Spotify, Apple), or browser.

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  • SoropNovato

Soroptimist International of Novato

Post Office Box 1267

Novato, CA  94948

TAX ID NUMBER 23-7290674