7GA Personal Climate Action Center Action of the Week!
There is so much work to do to heal our planet that it can feel overwhelming to determine where to start. That’s why 7th Generation Advisors launched the Personal Climate Action Center, a new initiative designed to encourage people to take individual action against climate change.
Each week we provide one action item for you to take to reduce your carbon emissions. Along with this weekly tip you will find over 80 actions on the Personal Climate Action Center website, where you can sign up and pledge to TAKE ACTION!
Week 30: Action of the Week
Take Care of Your Health!
We talk about improving the health of the planet but to contribute to a healthier planet we must start with our own health. According to one study 42% of Americans report they have gained weight during the pandemic. Carrying around extra weight impacts our personal carbon footprint due to higher metabolism
that leads to more CO2 being emitted, more emissions from food and drink being purchased to consume, and the amount of additional fossil fuels used to transfer the extra food and drink.
A great way to offset those carbon emissions is through a healthy lifestyle. According to this study, the average American has put on at least 15 pounds over the past 20 years, so if you are one of those Americans we suggest losing a few pounds. Of course, please use your discretion about what is healthiest for your body! And if you are already in good shape - keep it up!
Here are some ways to approach weight loss that are healthy for you and the environment:
Cook your own food. It’s no secret that restaurants make their food taste good by adding extra salt, oil and butter—way more than when you cook at home. They often prioritize taste over health, so you have more control about the ingredients you are consuming when you do it yourself. Add in some fresh, organic produce and food with little plastic packaging and this tip can lower your environmental impact in a big way.
Get outside and enjoy nature. Hike, walk, run, ride a bike, practice yoga-- whatever it is that is easy and enjoyable for you to practice, start incorporating into your lifestyle so it becomes a habit rather than a hassle.
Skip meat at least once a week. We covered this in an earlier newsletter, but skipping meat is better for our bodies as well as the environment.
Eating healthier and exercising also makes you feel better and releases endorphins which improves your mental health. So with summer around the corner and the good weather and lots of fresh produce that comes with the season, why not look at fun ways to improve our personal health so we can take better care of our bodies and our planet?
At 7th Generation Advisors we
are diligently working with scientists, policymakers, activists and
clean tech companies to create a clean energy economy for all, to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, and to protect all living things seven
generations into the future. We care about the future of our planet.
Will you join us?