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Cycling or walking instead of jumping in a car to go 500 meters. ... Act 3: Frugal Living. Buy only what you need: shop smart, frugal fashion is chic. Extend ...

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lifestyle changes can curb climate change
Lifestyle Changes Can Curb Climate Change

“Please eat less meat - meat is a very carbon intensive commodity. Cycling or walking instead of jumping in a car to go 500 meters. Purchase only what you really need instead of buying something just because it’s there.”

Dr. Pachauri, Chairman of Nobel Peace Prize-Winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

tzu chi s 3 green acts
Tzu Chi’s “3 Green Acts”
  • Tzu Chi Foundation has devoted to its mission in environmental protection since 1990.Based on our experiences, combined with UN IPCC’s latest advocacy, Master Cheng Yen encourages every one of us to join in the “3 Green Acts.”
act 1 mindful eating
Act 1: Mindful Eating
  • Try vegetarianism: our diet contributes to global warming more than our cars
  • Buy low carbon food: buy seasonal/local, not air-freighted, less packaged food
  • Reduce food waste: proper portion size, donate food, composting
why vegetarianism
Why Vegetarianism?

Did you know…

To produce ONE pound of beef takes…

  • 2500 gallons of water,
  • 16 pounds of grains,
  • 36 pounds of carbon dioxide-equivalent is produced.
try vegetarianism
Try Vegetarianism
  • “American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians a year.”- Univ. of Chicago Study
  • “Raising animals for food generates more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes in the world combined.”– UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
famous vegetarian
Famous Vegetarian
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Mark Twain
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Albert Einstein
  • & you!

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival for life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

buy low carbon food
Buy low carbon food
  • A low carbon diet minimizes the emissions released from the production, packaging, processing, transport, preparation and waste of food.
  • Major tenets of a low carbon diet include eating less meat and cheese, eating food grown locally and seasonally, eating less processed and packaged foods and reducing waste from food by proper portion size, recycling or composting.
reduce food waste
Reduce food waste
  • “Almost half of the food in the US goes to waste. Household food waste alone adds up to $43 million, making it a serious economic problem.” - University of Arizona Study
  • “It is estimated that Americans throw away 40 million plastic water bottles every day, and bottled water is often shipped trans-continentally.” - Wikipedia
act 2 eco friendly living
Act 2: Eco-Friendly Living
  • Bike or take public transit: walk short distance, bike to work, carpool more
  • Conserve water and electricity: pollute less, use energy-efficient appliances
  • Reduce paper consumption: print double-sided, use scrap paper for notes
did you know
Did you know…

“Transportation sector directly accounted for about 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gases emissions.” - US EPA

“About 30% of the world’s land is in serious drought condition.” - National Center of Atmospheric Research

“If the US cut office paper use by just 10%, it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases - the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road.” - Environmental Paper Network

act 3 frugal living
Act 3: Frugal Living
  • Buy only what you need: shop smart, frugal fashion is chic
  • Extend product lifespan: recycle, donate to and buy from thrift store
  • Stop using disposable products: use reusable utensil, bring your own bags
did you know14
Did you know…
  • “About 46,000 pieces of plastic float on each square mile of sea.” - The Telegraph, UK
  • “A garbage patch of floating waste in the Pacific Ocean now covers an area twice the size of the continental U.S.” - The Independent, UK
  • “Only 2% of plastic bags were recycled in the US” - American Chemical Council
recycling facts
Recycling Facts
  • Recycling 100 lb of papers save a 20-year-old tree
  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours
  • Recycling 1 glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 4 hours
master cheng yen s teaching
Master Cheng Yen’s Teaching

“Protecting the environment is a responsibility that all of us share. I hope everyone can live with greater environmental awareness. It is a simple concept, but if we can all put it into practice, the impact can be profound and far-reaching.”

you can help change the world
You Can Help Change the World

Pledge Today or Online @

http://greenacts.us.tzuchi.org/

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