The lifeline referenced in the clock above represents the percentage of global energy consumption generated by renewable resources, like wind and solar. We must transition our global energy system away from fossil fuels and increase this lifeline to 100% as soon as we possibly can.
Roughly three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions originate from the burning of fossil fuels, like coal, oil and gas for energy consumption. To reduce global emissions we need to rapidly shift our energy systems away from fossil fuels to different renewable sources of energy.
What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in our oceans, seas, and bodies of water.
This Pacific trash vortex, spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The patch is comprised of the both the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California.
What can you do to help?
Get in the habit of being plastic aware.
Avoid single use plastics! Say no to straws, skip the lid.
Choose reusable items like grocery bags, stainless steel water bottles, coffee thermos.
Recycle and Reuse.
Palm Oil and its environmental destruction.
The palm oil industry is responsible for devestating amounts of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions, and pollution. As the industry continues to grow, these problems only intensify. Here are some of the most well known environmental concerns involving palm oil:
Loss of biodiversity.
Contributes to global warming.
Unmitigated growth and production.
What you can do to help!
Familiarize yourself with the names of palm oil.
Knowing how to spot palm oil on an ingredient list plays a huge part in understanding how common it is and learning where it might be hiding in your own diet, hygiene, or wellness routine.
Some of the ingredients you will find made from palm oil are:
Here are some sustainable certifications to look out for on ingredients that do have palm oil!
What can you do to help?
Carpool with friends or family as often as possible and Use the carpool option on Ride Shares like Uber and Lyft.
Walk/Bike. Enjoy the weather and embrace the workout!
Make your next vehicle electric.
Buy fewer items that run on fossil fuels, like gas lawn mowers, chainsaws, weedwacker etc. Transition to the battery and electric options.
And always, Recycle and Reuse.
Industrial plants, world wide transportation, coal power plants and household solid fuel usage are major contributors to air pollution that is engulfing our Earth. Air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate.
According the World Health Organization, polluted air can penetrate deep into the lungs and cardiovascular system, causing diseases including:
chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases
What does Net Zero Mean?
Put simply, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.
We reach net zero when the amount we add is no more than the amount taken away.