The challenges of 2023
Ana Marianela Rochas-Porraz proposes in “The challenges of 2023” small actions that can be carried out to improve daily habits towards more sustainable activities.
As every year-end, many of us take stock of what has happened in the last few months in order to project ourselves into future scenarios. One of the latest events was COP27 held in November in Charm el- Cheikh, Egypt. At this summit, the need to change our way of consumption, and in general our daily habits, towards more sustainable activities was reiterated once again.
In Landuum we propose, instead of listing the twelve traditional New Year’s resolutions, to start thinking about the challenges that 2023 brings us. For this, we have considered small actions that can be easily carried out by many of us. And this is just the beginning, if you have other ideas, of course you can send them to our email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s get started!
1. Reduce our waste at home: buying products in bulk, making compost, taking our glass jars, eating more fresh products (fruits and vegetables), making our yogurt at home. It is not only good for the environment, but also for our health.
2. Having a small garden or pots with edible plants at home: aromatic herbs, tomatoes, radishes… all this can bring something fresh to our plate, while oxygenating our home.
3. Make “Meatless Monday”: Did you know that many of the CO2 emissions come from meat production, especially from cattle? If we eat vegetarian one day a week, we help the planet, our health and our pockets.
4. Consume local: this helps generate income for people in your area, but also avoids con- tamination from the transport of products.
5. Wrapping gifts with recycled paper or using fabric (Japanese Furoshikim tech- nique): not only is it original, but it is also less polluting and even fun.
6. Walking or cycling in distances of less than 2 kilometers: this allows us to avoid using the car and reduce air pollution.
7. Using public transport or carpooling: this also helps to limit CO2 emissions.
8. Trading clothes: instead of buying new clothes, getting together with friends or family allows us to reuse used things in good condition. Some- times in certain cities and towns there are also markets or flea markets of used clothes with very interesting prices.
9. Turn off the modem and all the lights before going to sleep: this way you help to reduce the consumption of electricity and everything that is required to produce it.
10. Regularly empty your email. Did you know that online storage also causes significant energy consumption? By unsubscribing from distribution lists and deleting emails, you help save energy.
11. Avoid continuous use of air conditioning and heating. By opening and closing windows, as well as adjusting our clothing, we can regu- late our body temperature and avoid unnecessary energy expenditure.
12. Take care of water: carrying a glass when brushing your teeth, using a water-efficient toilet and mopping the interiors with little water.