5) Eat Less Meat
Hamburgers and hot dogs are a staple in the average American diet. The meat industry accounts for 14% of the air pollution produced into the environment. The 1.5 billion cows on the earth emit tons of gases into the atmosphere including the harmful gas, methane. Cutting your meat consumption in half could have a huge impact on the climate change we are currently experiencing.
4) Print Less Paper for the Environment
This change in behavior could be the easiest change of them all. The need for writing notes on paper, or printing directions from Google maps has vanished with advances in technology over the last decade. Yes, I am talking about you dad… Simply use any one of the amazing apps on your phone or the seemingly unlimited storage capacity on your computer to store those documents forever. Logging companies are required to plant trees to replace those cut down for paper, but the environmental waste from the logging and paper development process is hard to ignore.
3) Turn Off the Water
Each time you brush your teeth you will use 4 gallons of water. That adds up to 3,000 gallons of water every year that could stay in the lakes, aquifers, and oceans around the world. You will save money, and save the environment, by turning the water off when you do things like brush your teeth, wash your face, or wash the dishes. The dolphins you’ll see on your ECOmersion kayak tour will thank you!
2) BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag
Millions of Americans go to the grocery store to buy food and at the register are always greeted with the question, “paper, or plastic?” Re-usable bags could change the game one day. If we all brought re-usable bags to Publix the next time we go, we would keep 100 billion plastic bags from ending up in our oceans. It is impossible to fathom the impact that would have on the environment ….. and the St. Pete dolphins!
Just yesterday I decided to clean out my car and in the process I discovered over 20 empty water bottles laying in the back seat of my car. It was in that moment I realized I needed to make a change to save the environment. My decision was as simple as buying a stainless steal water bottle. 38 billion water bottles end up in landfills every year in America alone. This level of pollution is unsustainable. Especially since plastic bottles take up to 1000 years to decompose. So please, for the dolphins sake, buy a reusable water bottle.