Give Thanks for the Environment
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Thanksgiving is not only a time for family and friends but
also a celebration of the environment and all it provides for us. You can make
it truly sustainable by following these tips:
light: Heading home for the holidays? If you have the time, why not take a train, which produces less carbon than planes or cars? If your destination requires you to fly or drive, consider purchasing carbon offsets from The
Nature Conservancy or Carbonfund.org.
- Feast on
local, seasonal foods: Fruits and vegetables in season for the late fall don’t
need to be trucked around the country, and your purchases support your
community. Use the Eat Local
tool from EarthShare member organization Natural Resources Defense Council
to find farmers’ markets your area, and then visit American Farmland
Trust to learn why supporting local agriculture is so important.
natural decorations: Forgo craft store supplies for beautiful,
biodegradable decorations you can find in nature. Pinecones, gourds, leaves,
and acorns are just some of the materials that can add seasonal ambience to
your dining room. Here are some
ideas from Real Simple.
a heritage turkey… Most industrialized turkeys are raised with hormones to
force them to gain weight very quickly – so quickly they can hardly move. Heritage
turkeys, in contrast, are similar to their wild cousins: they’re slower
growing, smaller, tastier, and treated more humanely.
- …or go
meatless: Most of your Thanksgiving feast is meatless anyway. Why not try
some of the countless vegetarian (meat-free) and vegan (free of all animal
products including dairy) alternatives to classic Thanksgiving recipes? Here
are some suggestions.
- Compost kitchen
scraps: All those squash peels and carrot tops could be working to enrich
your potting soil. Invest in a
compost bin and turn your kitchen scraps into something useful instead of
throwing them away.