Dealing with Climate Change Stress

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8 Ways to Relieve Stress From Climate Change

by Cheryl Conklin

The concern over climate change has increased significantly recently. If you’re feeling stressed about the future of the planet, worry not — there are plenty of things you can do to take care of the planet and relieve your stress levels at the same time. Here are eight ways to relieve your stress from climate change today, presented below by Forest Unlimited

1. Use Public Transportation

Using public transportation is a more eco-friendly way of getting around. Not only does it get you where you need to go without releasing excess emissions into the atmosphere, but it also reduces your carbon footprint. Plus, there’s no need for you to waste money on gas. As an added bonus, it’s safer!

2. Take a Staycation

You probably have a stack of vacation days that you haven’t used. Instead of blowing your money on a trip, take a vacation close to home. Getting away from it all doesn’t always mean booking an expensive, gas-guzzling flight. It could be as simple as visiting a park or curling up with a good book. There are plenty of ways you can recharge and refresh without leaving town.

3. Make More Use of Friends

Friends can help you in your carbon-cutting efforts, especially if they live near you. Living close by makes it easy for friends to carpool or bike together to work and school. Creating a group of environmentally conscious friends committed to a low-carbon lifestyle will strengthen your resolve, provide fun socializing opportunities, and motivate each other toward environmental goals. You can also use social media to promote your healthy lifestyle.

4. Reduce Meat Consumption

While scientists aren’t exactly sure how much meat is too much, it’s clear that the consumption of red meat (beef, pork, and lamb) has a big impact on health and climate. The livestock industry generates massive emissions — 14.5% of all greenhouse gases emitted today.

5. Reduce Energy Use at Home

One of your most important contributions to fighting climate change starts at home. By making simple changes such as replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and turning off lights and appliances when you leave a room — you can substantially reduce your energy use.

6. Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

If you’re not using renewable energy sources, a carbon calculator can help your business determine how much greenhouse gas you produce and determine your carbon footprint. Then create a timeline of how you’ll become more environmentally conscious and achieve sustainability goals through product mapping.

One way to reduce your business’s carbon footprint is to create an efficient invoicing process. You can make clear, easy-to-read custom invoices using an online invoice generator. You can quickly create great-looking invoices with custom colors, graphics, and text in minutes. Then you can download them to use as you like.

7. Relieving Anxiety

First, try to stay informed without worrying too much. While there’s a lot of talk about climate change, there’s still time to reduce carbon footprints and lessen the impact. Second, try creating a plan of action. If you’re still feeling anxious, try meditating or practicing yoga. Apps like Headspace offer guided meditation that’s accessible and easy to do anywhere. The practice can help improve your mood and lower your anxiety. Get out into the forest for a hike or visit the Ocean or a lake. Exercise and spending time in beautiful green environments are proven ways to relieve anxiety.

8. Start an Eco-Friendly Business

A great place to direct your personal energy is by starting an eco-friendly business that can both raise awareness and protect the environment. You can create an S Corp in California, which is either an LLC or corporation, for your business with the help of a formation company. An S Corp can help you save money on self-employment taxes to be able to do more good work.

Ease Your Stress

With climate change, you may feel helpless and overwhelmed. But there are things you can do to ease your stress and combat global warming. For more ways to help, check out Forest Unlimited today!

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Should We Plant or Protect?

The short answer is: both.  However, it is good to understand that, in terms  extracting climate-changing carbon dioxide from the air, protecting existing mature forests is more effective than planting small seedlings.  It will take decades for a seedling equal the carbon storage of a mature conifer.  Unfortunately we don’t have decades to head off the disasterous effects of climate change.  This video by our friends in Napa County says it better than I can:Watch their video