There are many other apps that help you track and reduce your carbon footprint by helping you change everything from how you wash your clothes to the way you commute to work each day. Check them out by clicking the links below:
Reducing food waste
According to the USDA, 30-40% of the food supply is wasted each year. This is food that could have fed families in need. In addition, food production has far-reaching impacts on the land, water supply, labor force and climate. In fact, it is estimated that if food waste was reduced by 50% by the year 2050 the avoided emissions would be equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide.
What can you do to help reduce food waste? Knowing the amount that you waste every day is a great first step. One way that you can track your food footprint is through Google's Your Plan, Your Planet platform. Through this web app, you will learn not only how much food your are wasting, but also new tips and tricks for reducing this waste.
One great way to reduce the amount of food entering landfills is through composting. There are several great websites where you can learn how to do so in your own backyard. Here are just a few resources to get you started:
Eating local and in-season
One way to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint is by purchasing and eating local and in-season foods. By eating locally, you are helping to reduce pollution from transportation while supporting local jobs at the same time. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to find seasonal, local produce.
Some of the fruits and vegetables in season this summer, just to name a few:
One easy way to find out what's in season near you is to use this seasonal food guide. Texasfarmersmarket.org is another great resource for finding seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as blog posts about green living and healthy eating. Live near Houston? For a complete list of Houston area farmer's markets, check out Visit Houston's web page.
Isabela is an undergraduate at Claremont McKenna College pursuing a degree in Environment, Economics, and Politics, with a particular interest in sustainability. She spent this summer assisting with marketing research and writing blog and social media posts for the Texas Coastal Exchange.
A regenerative method of agricultural production proposes actively beneficial solutions to restoring our depleted natural system through land management practices. Farms have the unique capacity to become carbon-negative by transitioning to production methods like no-tillage farming, cover crops, and rotational grazing that can bolster the rate at which carbon is sequestered in the soil.
Envision a world where small farms sustainably produce a diverse range of fresh products for local markets, as well as clean our land, water, and air. Transitioning to this system would require a cultural shift to stop prioritizing productivity and profit over the health of our communities. It would also require political and economic reform to adequately equip and incentivize farmers for the shift.
It’s time we realize that the key to unlocking our nation’s potential and moving towards a greener future lies just beneath our feet -- we simply have to be willing to get a little dirt beneath our nails and dig for it.