Our planet’s natural environment is under unprecedented stress.
The good news is that there are many ways that you can contribute to restoring a healthy planet by reducing your environmental footprint.
These are some suggestions to get you started.
Reduce your footprint by protecting wild species
- Help turtles cross the road
- Help injured wildlife
- Stay on the trails and pick up litter when exploring one of our nature reserves
- Keep your cat indoors
- Join a local nature group
- Report your sightings to the Ontario Reptiles and Amphibians Atlas
- Support conservation work by donating to Ontario Nature
- Make your house bird friendly
Reduce your footprint by being a responsible consumer
Reduce your footprint at home
- Use energy efficient LED light bulbs
- Make your garden or backyard pollinator friendly
- Recycle what you can’t reuse and compost organic waste
- Create a green roof or go solar
- Power your home with green energy
- Use cold water for washing and rinsing your laundry
- Unplug everything when not in use
- Donate used items in good condition
- Go paperless with bills, newsletters, magazines
Reduce your footprint by being a responsible citizen
- Vote for candidates/parties with the most environmentally friendly platforms
- Vote for representatives in your municipality with an environmentally friendly voting record
- Contact your local councilor/MPP/MP to let them know you support a specific environmentally progressive measure
- Become an Advocate for Nature
- Encourage your family and friends to lessen their environmental footprint
- Encourage your employer to establish or enhance an environmentally friendly program
- Join Ontario Nature
What are some other ways that you can reduce your footprint? Read our #GreenStepByStep blog series for more tips.