February 

 Low Carbon Month 

We are fighting for a global temperature well below 1.5 degrees C, its going to take every ones effort to reduce our carbon footprint. "Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with all the activities of a person or other entity (e.g., building, corporation, country, etc.)." carbon footprint | Definition, Examples, Calculation, Effects, & Facts | Britannica. Everyone needs to do their part in participating in more eco-friendly habits, from eating more plant based foods to walking to more places, being eco-friendly is a very achievable goal.

 WEEK 1: 

 Take this quiz to calculate your carbon footprint 

 

This will help you figure out where your carbon emissions are highest and also help you figure out where to start being more environmentally conscious in your daily habits. 

 

These are the categories that the carbon footprint calculator uses: 

  • Food- what you eat

  • Shelter- where you live

  • Mobility- how you travel

  • Goods- what you buy

  • Services- what you use 

 WEEK 2: 

Food: if meat and dairy is a main part of your diet, go every other day without either. Even eating meat and dairy only a few days a week will reduce your carbon footprint. There are so many vegan and vegetarian options out there if you are feeling stuck on what to eat. Here are some websites with great vegan and vegetarian recipes. 

 WEEK 3: 

Shelter: now, we aren't going to ask you to move to a more sustainable home but there are ways you stay eco-friendly in your home now. 

  • Turn off the lights when you aren't using them

  • Air dry your clothes, "Tumble dryers use the most energy in the home, along with electric fires and immersion heaters. "If possible, switch to an indoor drying rack or brave the outdoors," says Matt. "If you have to use a tumble dryer, you can reduce the amount of energy it uses by removing any excess water, untangling clothes, and always drying a full load." Sustainability: 7 Ways To Make Your Home Planet-Friendly (countryliving.com)

  • Embrace indoor plants, not only do plants make your home look great, they also are natural air filters and generate more oxygen. And don't forget about the calmness and peacefulness it brings into your home. 

 WEEK 4: 

Goods and Services: When shopping try bring the reusable bags used from last months challenge! And when grocery shopping buy local and organic foods. Farms have more sustainable methods when producing food and when you shop local it limits the travel which limits the amount of carbon footprint factories would leave more of. 

  • Use reusable bags when shopping

  • Buy local and organic food

 Tag us in your posts @dearearthteam when participating in the challenges!