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Commit to the Brit Hazon:

Get Growing/Buy Local

Below are our suggestions to get growing and buy local over the next six weeks. Choose one to three actions to get started and check out this tip sheet for help along the way.

Growing your own vegetables is not only a great way to cut the carbon footprint of your plate, it is also a great way to create a carbon sink in your own yard and slow the detrimental effects of climate change. Start your own garden, even a window sill or container garden, in the next six weeks. Or, if it’s off season, lay the groundwork to start one when it is growing season.
Shopping at your local farmers markets is a great way to support local growers and suppliers. You can get a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods, all that have traveled fewer miles than those in your mainstream grocery store. In the next six weeks, identify at least one market in your area and patronize it at least three times.
In the next six weeks, sign up for a community-supported agriculture program. By joining a CSA, you prepay for a season’s worth of produce, reduce the overall impact of your food supply, support the carbon sequestration benefits of local farming practices, and help local farmers have guaranteed income to continue their climate-saving work.
Usually our kitchen scraps are destined for the trash bin or compost pile. But many vegetables can actually give us a second harvest with just a little tender loving care. Romaine hearts, celery, ginger, basil, onion, and carrots can all be regrown! Pick at least two veggie scraps in the next six weeks and regrow them.
Bees and other pollinators provide the magic behind every garden. Without these little workers we wouldn’t have the flowers, fruits, and vegetables that rely on their pollination. Yet, their lives are endangered. By planting an organic pollinator garden in the next six weeks you can provide an immediate, safe, and reliable source of food for these incredible creatures.
Often our food, clothes, and household items travel thousands of miles to reach our doors, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At least once a week for the next six weeks, look at one type of thing you’re buying, see where each of the options come from, and choose the one that traveled the least distance.
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Transition to a Plant-Rich Diet

Transition To a Plant Rich Diet

Industrial production of meat and dairy is one of the largest contributors to climate change today. Reduce your environmental impact by pledging to eat more plants and fewer animal products.
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Reduce Energy Use

Reduce Energy Use

Our rampant consumption of non-renewable energy is a significant source of carbon emissions and other pollution. We can significantly reduce our environmental impact by taking steps to reduce our energy use.
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Reduce Food Waste

Reduce Food Waste

Around the world, almost a third of all food produced is discarded. Not only is this a waste of resources like water, fertilizer, labor, and land but the methane released as this food decomposes is a powerful greenhouse gas. Reduce your environmental impact by minimizing food waste.
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Reduce Household Waste

Reduce Household Waste

The overconsumption of single-use products and packaging is connected to all of the top 10 contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention many other pollutants. Generate less waste to reduce your environmental impact.
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Buy Less Stuff

Buy Less Stuff

The resource consumption and waste generation of global society has skyrocketed in the last few decades. By buying less stuff we can significantly decrease our environmental impact while freeing up our resources for more of what really matters.
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