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Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Muskoka © Benedek

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.


Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Floating litter © Duncan Rawlinson

Reduce your footprint by protecting wild species

Nesting snapping turtle © Julia Riley

Reduce your footprint by being 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

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
A member signing the Protected Places Declaration © Noah Cole

Reduce your footprint on the move

  • Drive less and bike more
  • Take public transit
  • Walk if your able to
  • Carpool when possible
  • Bring your own cup and mug when on the go
  • Fly less and offset your 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

What are some other ways that you can reduce your footprint? Read our #GreenStepByStep blog series for more tips.

1. Go #GreenStepByStep

2. #GreenStepByStep: reduce, reuse, recycle… refuse?

3. #GreenStepByStep: bugging out

4. #GreenStepByStep: Caring for the planet by caring for yourself

Healthy mature forest canopy © David Coulson