Paper bags are not the solution as they have a HIGHER carbon footprint than plastic. Reusable bags are the earth-friendly alternative. If plastic bags do end up in your home, recycle them to keep them out of oceans and landfills. Most grocery stores now have nondescript recycle bins near the entrance specifically for plastic bags.
Unfortunately, just addressing our plastic habit will do little to turn the tides of climate change. “Like all simple and painless behavioural changes,” reported The Guardian, “its value hangs on whether it acts as a catalyst for other, more impactful, activities or support for political changes.” (8)
For the most impact,
4) Vote for Scientifically Literate Candidates.
Representative Dana Rohrabacher offered this plan to reduce global warming: "Is there some thought being given to subsidizing the clearing of rainforests in order for some countries to eliminate that production of greenhouse gases?" (9)
A lawmaker proposes subsidizing deforestation. Fact: Trees absorb far more carbon dioxide over their lifespans than they emit. Referring to Rohrabacher’s forest elimination strategy, Jay Gulledge, a senior scientist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change told Politico, "It's beyond the pale. It makes no sense.” (9)
A good tree bears good fruit. U.S. policies cannot be smarter than the lawmakers who create them. Vote for candidates who support investment in renewable energy and scientific research, and support environmental protection.
5) Invest in renewable energy.
Going green is good for the planet, and currently good for your investment portfolio. Take a look at your investments and make adjustments towards environmental responsibility.
According to Forbes, investment in renewable energy was responsible for 60 percent of the new green electrical generating capacity in the first nine months of this year. Renewables currently account for 18 percent of power generation in the United States, and there’s plenty of room to grow. (10)