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Pay for planet-saving essentials by taking paid surveys
This week representatives from around 200 countries met in Paris to discuss climate change, a phenomenon nearly 97 percent of published scientists believe there is solid evidence to support, reported NASA. Want to get involved? Well, you don't have to be a diplomat to combat climate change. However, you might need a few extra bucks to make some eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. Opinion Outpost can help with that. Just fill in some paid surveys. Once you have amassed your climate conservation budget, check out the world-saving suggestions below.
Eat more greens
According to The New York Times, most dairy and red meat production methods produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that damages the environment. Skip the steak and go for local vegetables. Subscribe to a community-supported agriculture program. It's a great arrangement - you get weekly produce deliveries and your local farmer gets paid. A four-month subscription costs between $300 and $500, reported U.S. News and World Report. Participating in a CSA will also expand your diet because you will only have access to regional, in-season vegetables. You will certainly encounter your fair share of misshapen tubers and gristly greens. No need to freak out. Buzzfeed compiled a list of uses for confounding CSA fare.
Streamline your fridge
Americans waste around 40 percent of the food they purchase in grocery stores and restaurants. And, according to researchers, this waste worsens the effects of climate change. Reduce your carbon footprint by keeping a close watch on your storeroom. According to Paste Magazine, applications like Pantry Manager are useful for minimizing wastage. When the time comes to replenish your food supply, steer clear of bulk stores. These establishments engender wastefulness, reported Slate. Instead of stocking up on large quantities of food during irregular shopping trips, make weekly grocery runs.
Find a four-legged friend
According to evolutionary biologists from Brown University and the Universidad de Malaga in Spain, climate change may have literally shaped the modern canine. However, dogs do not hurt the environment. In fact, they can even aid you in your conservation effort. By simply purchasing dog food, you are fighting wasteful food culture, as most blends include high percentages of animal flesh deemed unhealthy for us bipeds. Additionally, canines drive human activity levels. Almost half of all dog owners net 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day, reported The New York Times.
Tune your mode of transportation
Cars are responsible for 30 percent of all carbon emissions, reported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For most, car ownership is essential. According to the U.S. Department of State, 85 percent of Americans commute to work via automobiles. Getting rid of your car might be out of the question so optimize your transportation instead. The EPA recommends drivers brake less and avoid extreme acceleration. Cleaning out your car will also improve its fuel economy. Additionally, if you are in the market for new tires, look for a low rolling resistance rubber. The U.S. Department of Energy said these tires lessen fuel consumption by 5 to 15 percent.
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