Many people feel an urgent need to reduce their impact on the earth because of the catastrophic effects of climate change and resource extraction. One strategy is to lower your carbon footprint, which is a measure of your total greenhouse gas emissions not just from driving vehicles or using electricity but also lifestyle choices, such as the clothes you wear and food you eat.
Although there are many ways to minimize your carbon footprint, making dietary changes is a good place to start. In fact, some research shows that shifting the Western diet to more sustainable eating patterns could slash greenhouse gas emissions by 70% and water use by 50%.
By making simple changes like eating fewer animal products, using less plastic, eating more fresh produce, and decreasing your food waste, you can cut your personal greenhouse gas emissions significantly. Keep in mind that efforts that seem small can make a big difference. You can even bring your neighbors and friends along for the ride.
Here are 9 simple ways to minimize your carbon footprint through dietary and lifestyle choices: Healthline.com.