You don’t have to be Catholic to take advantage of the lesson that can be learned from Lent. There is a lot to be gained by giving up things like sweets, drinking or smoking. In another way, it can help you embrace a green lifestyle.
Why It Works
The goal is to give up some vice for 40 days. In the case of green living, this can mean anything related to excess energy consumption, waste reduction or any other area of your green living lifestyle that needs a boost. The time period of 40 days is just enough for most people to make it a habit. After that time, you may find yourself missing something if you fall back into old habits.
There are several things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint through a reduction in the amount of energy you use. You can do things such as:
- Give up TV one night a week
- Unplug an hour before bedtime
- Limit browsing on social networks sites
You can focus on other lifestyle changes as well to cut down on fossil fuel emissions. Instead of driving to the corner store, walk or bike instead. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
You can do your bit for the planet by reducing the amount of waste produced by your household. Instead of a snack from the vending machine at work, you can bring along some fresh fruit. You can get a bulk container of nuts and divide out small portions bagged in eco-friendly sealable bags or a plastic container you reuse.
You can also plan your household meals more carefully, taking the time to measure out portions in order to reduce food waste. You’ll have the added benefit of learning portion control for managing your weight.
Look at it this way; either you can do something and reduce your carbon footprint or 40 days later regret the fact that you didn’t try. It’s your choice. The season gives you a reason and time goal to keep you focused on the little changes that can make a big difference in your carbon footprint.