Five Awesome Conservation Resolutions for 2017!
Published January 03, 2017
As the hustle and bustle of the holidays winds down, many people start to set goals for the year ahead. Here are a few of our favorite tips to show the Earth some love next year:
Waste Not, Want Not
Approximately 40 percent of the food in the United States today goes uneaten. When you consider that 50 percent of the country’s land and 80 percent of its fresh water are used for food production, it’s enough to make your head ache!
There’s a lot that we can do to counter this issue. Pledge to eat more of those leftovers and buy the ugly (but still perfectly tasty) produce this year!
Lend Your Voice
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’re already an amazing supporter of the National Aquarium’s mission! Now is the time to tell the world that you care about the ocean and the many issues facing it.
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Ditch Single-Use Plastics
On average, Americans use (and dispose of) 500 million plastic straws each day, and many of those end up in our oceans, where they pose great danger to animals like sea turtles.
Give your daily routine a major conservation upgrade by purchasing reusable bottles, straws, lunch boxes and napkins! Your wallet and the planet will thank you.
Enjoy a Meatless Monday (or Two!)
It takes about 1,850 gallons of water to produce a pound of ground beef, whereas it only takes about 39 gallons of water to produce the same weight in vegetables.
Going meat-free just once a week helps conserve water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you’re concerned about protein, remember that nuts, seeds, beans and tofu are great sources.
Nothing beats spending a few hours in nature at a clean up cleanup, a field restoration event or at a BioBlitz (wildlife inventory) event! Pledge to volunteer at least four times this year and you’ll really make a difference.
Our Conservation team offers plenty of volunteer opportunities, both at the Aquarium and during in-the-field conservation events throughout the year!
What resolutions are you making for this year? Tell us in the comments section!