There are lots of ways to reduce your own ecological footprint right now.

Consume less buy fewer things that you don't really need, buy things with less packaging, use less electricity, gas and water, swap and re-use with other people, and if you can't consume less . . .

Consume consciously buy organic, buy recycled, buy second-hand, buy locally grown or made, buy from local markets, buy from small green business, switch to green power (solar and wind) for energy supply, support the sustainable economy.

Give up meat go vegetarian or vegan, take a look at the Australian Vegetarian Society website to find out how to create a healthy meat-free diet and how much you are helping the planet, and if you can't give it up completely . . .

Eat less meat every time you don't eat meat or dairy you'll be using 2% of the water needed to make your meal and avoiding severe land degradation. If you still want to eat meat and dairy you can reduce its impact by choosing organic and local.

Give up the car get a bike and ride, walk, take public transport for longer trips, get to know your neighbourhood, and if you can't give up the car. .

Drive consciously get your car regularly tuned and cut your emissions by up to 50%, buy a fuel efficient car, buy a fuel hybrid, convert to LPG, find out about bio-diesel and veggie oil, car pool, no more four wheel drives in the city!

Create less waste replace chemical products with bio-degradables (detergents, shampoos, chemical sprays), replace disposable products with re-usables (take your own coffee cup), don't accept plastic bags, and if you can't create less waste . . .

Dispose of waste consciously compost food scraps, recycle paper, plastic and cans, install a grey water recycling system, don't put chemicals down the drain, call your local council or EcoRecycle to dispose of toxics, take your old stuff to the op-shop, not the bin.

Plant natives and grow your own veggies find out what plants are indigenous to your area and make your garden native, grow your own veggies and herbs, and if you don't have a garden . . .

Use community gardens to grow your own food, and go plant some native trees with a conservation group like TreeProject.

Get Active this is the most important one. Even if we all lived our lives as sustainably as possible, the coal industry, old growth logging industry, uranium industry and all the other polluters would still be wrecking the place. This is our world and its our only home. Express your concerns about the environment, speak up, write letters and articles and send them to all kinds of media, join in public protests, organise an awareness raising event or media engagement, organise a public talk at a school, university or community group about an issue that's important to you, and if you don't want to do it alone . . .

Join a local community group or environment group to be involved in decisions for your local area and help protect and conserve your environment, be part of organising campaigns and actions that bring attention to the issue or challenge the destruction directly, and if you don't think you have time to join a group . . .

Support an environment group by becoming a member, making a donation or joining in events.

Start your own group or project get other people involved in their environment, becoming part of the sustainable community, create new alternatives.

Vote for the environment let your local politician know about your environmental concerns, make an appointment, write a letter, vote for people who protect the environment.

Stay informed about what's happening locally and nationally, what decisions are being made that effect our environment, use this website to find out more about important issues, links to further information, groups, campaigns, events, ethical jobs, subscribe to an environmental publication or e-list.

Want to get interactive? These calculators estimate your impact on people and the planet.

Slavery Footprint how many slaves work for you?
One Planet Bioregional Calculator how many planets are you living on?
EPA Ecological Footprint Calculator less fun but informative.

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