As you woke up today, you were fortunate to be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water. As a Seattle podiatrist I feel lucky to live in such a green city. In comparison to a lot of cities we do pretty well when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, although to be fair we do have hydroelectric power which helps us reduce our fuel based need for electricity.
So in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day here are some reminders to help you reduce you and your families' carbon footprint.
1. Reduce your car use and decide to bus it, car share, or bike to work once a week. If you can afford it buy an electric car or a hybrid.
2. Eat less meat. If you eat meat on a daily basis, prepare a vegetarian or vegan meal once a week for you and your family. (Lifestock are responsible for 14.5% of the world's carbon emissions according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization).
3. Buy food in season and grown locally. Seattle has fabulous Farmer's Markets. When you purchase from a local vendor you can be sure you're reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Increase your recycling. Seattle passed a trash ordinance last year allowing garbage collectors to inspect your cans and fine you if your garbage contains more than 10% of food and compostable material.
5. Reduce your home energy use. Keep your thermostat low at night and at other times you plan to be away.
6. Reduce your water consumption. Water your plants judiciously by watering early in the morning or after the sun goes down. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Take showers instead of baths.
7. Read your newspaper online. Although you are using energy when using your laptop or tablet it uses far less energy than printing and delivering a physical newspaper.
If you do plan to walk to work but you think twice because your feet hurt due to heel pain or some other foot problem, come in to see us at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City.
Call us 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.
Photo attribution: Alan Grinberg on Flickr