A Global Concern
Climate change doesn’t only affect polar bears, or the Arctic. In Chicago, it will cause more extreme heat and cold, more variable precipitation with more intense rain events, fluctuations in lake levels, and potential shifts in the wildlife species that can adapt to these changing conditions. People will have to adapt to these new conditions, as well…but there is still time to mitigate some of the worst climate-change scenarios if we come together to make personal changes while also advocating for political and systemic change.
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Eat More Plants
Changing our food habits—what we eat and where we get it—is one of the most impactful things that individuals and businesses can do to combat climate change. Animal production has a large carbon footprint, so try eating a more plant-based diet (good for your health and the planet!). Even if you’re not interested in eliminating animal products completely, shifting a few of your weekly meals to include fewer meat, dairy, and animal products or shifting the types of animal protein (like eating less red meat) can make a big impact.
Reduce Food Waste
Up to 40 percent of the food in the U.S. goes uneaten. Buy and cook only what you will eat, and support organizations and companies that reduce their own food waste. By planning your meals and grocery shopping on a weekly basis, you’ll be more familiar with what is in your fridge and pantry—and be more likely to use it before it spoils. Use your freezer more when you can’t stick to your meal plan. And, if possible, compost any food you wind up not using. All these things can save you and your family money—and help the climate!
Spread the Word
Tell friends and family, both in conversation and on social media, how changing our food habits can help mitigate climate change and save wildlife. Follow the zoo’s social media channels to see relevant updates on how you can Take Action With Us, and share those updates on your channels.