Speed is critical when it comes to moving on climate change, and what better time than Earth Day on April 22 to start walking the walk on caring for the environment. The theme of Earth Day 2022 is invest in our planet, and a better future for all can start with you.
According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate report, individual changes can reduce emissions by up to 70%. Here are three action items you can tackle today for a more sustainable tomorrow.
A responsible first step to protecting the planet is a less polluting commute routine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Skip driving alone and walk, bike, carpool, or take public transit. The positive impact of this choice can be tremendous, not simply in improving air quality but also in reducing traffic congestion.
LA Metro is ready to help get you there sustainably by offering free bus, rail and bike share rides this Friday, on Earth Day. Ride free this Friday on Metrolink too! Give it a try, and continue going green with UCLA’s discounted transit passes and bicycling resources.
IPCC’s report also notes that when it comes to the food we consume, small-scale changes can add up to big carbon savings. Meat production, in particular, is responsible for enormous emissions of climate-damaging gases like methane.
The most environmentally friendly way to eat is by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet. Adding more plant-based foods helps reduce your ecological 'foodprint' and cook the planet less.
Try to purchase locally grown produce too. Thankfully, there’s a Farmers Market every Thursday by UCLA in Westwood Village. The other benefit — your health can improve too!
Seek opportunities to learn about living sustainably. Stop by the UCLA Earth Day Fair on April 22, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Dickson Court. There will be educational activities, games, food, and giveaways to teach Bruins about sustainability. You can also join the last day of the Anderson School's Impact Week Conference to learn about sustainability and equity in Los Angeles.
And check out what we're doing right here on campus to confront climate change in the new UCLA Sustainability Plan, which details the university's green initiatives, including UCLA Transportation efforts like supporting electric vehicle adoption.