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Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Muskoka © Benedek, instock

What You Can Do

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.

Floating litter © Duncan Rawlinson

Protect Wild Species

Nesting snapping turtle © Julia Riley

Be a Responsible Consumer

Reusable bag © Nathan Fixler CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Reduce Your Footprint at Home

Ruby-throated hummingbird and cardinal flower © Steven Severinghaus CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Be 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
A member signing the Protected Places Declaration © Noah Cole

On the Move

  • Drive less and bike more
  • Take public transit
  • Spend carbon emissions when you do fly
  • Drive an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • Bring a reusable container wherever you go
Foot, pedal and public transit © Nicola Betts, Queen's Printer for Ontario

How to Reduce Your Footprint

Read our #GreenStepByStep blog series for more tips.

  1. Go #GreenStepByStep
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle… refuse?
  3. Bugging out
  4. Caring for the planet by caring for yourself
Healthy mature forest canopy © David Coulson

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