The worldwide movement known as Zero Emissions Day, or ZeDay, began on September 21st, 2008, and aims to encourage the use of renewable energy sources to “give the planet a day off” from emissions. As we get closer to ZeDay 2021, it’s a great time to prepare for how you can safely participate in this environmental challenge.
Simple steps to participate:
1) Make a plan
Think of ways that are easy and make sense for you to reduce your energy spend
Is bike riding or carpooling for the day possible?
Do you have solar or battery powered devices you can utilize?
Preplan meals that can be made with minimal energy spend such as grilling or cooking over an open fire and preparing foods such as salads that don’t require being cooked
2) Join the ZeDay movement
Implement your plan for the day
Minimize your use of electricity unless it’s from a renewable source. Check out these tips for simple ways to “go green”
Purchase food from your local farmers market. Locally produced items do not have to travel on planes, buses or trains to get to you
Reduce, reuse and recycle
3) Make an impact
Does reducing emissions really make an impact? The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculator which shows the equivalencies for energy-related emissions reductions so each individual can see their impact as it relates to their lifestyle. Some of the different categories include:
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from:
Number of passenger vehicles driven for one year
Miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
Gallons of gasoline consumed
CO2 Emissions from:
Homes’ energy use for one year
Propane cylinders used for home barbecues
Number of smartphones charged
Greenhouse Gas Emissions avoided by:
Tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
Wind turbines running for a year
Incandescent lamps switched to LED
Carbon Sequestered by:
Tree seedlings grown for ten years
Acres of US forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year
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