Five Wild Picks / Tips for a Wildlife-friendly Fall
Fall has arrived, and with dropping temperatures, busy school-year schedules and anticipation of upcoming holidays, it's the perfect time of year to reduce your impact on wildlife and the planet.
1) Resist holiday kitsch. From Halloween through the New Year, the next few months are a boon for consumerism and a bust for the planet. Avoid the temptation of overconsumption and excessive waste by reusing decorations, choosing meaningful gifts and focusing on holiday spirit instead of sales.
2) Leave your leaves. Avoid extra yard work and provide shelter for wildlife by leaving fallen leaves where they are or raking them into piles under trees and bushes.
3) Plan plant-based menus. Between rich comfort food and holiday favorites, this season's meat-heavy meals can have big consequences for wildlife. Try meat-free soups, pastas and casseroles instead, and put plant-based foods at the center of your holiday table.
4) Coordinate carpools. With school, work, special events and other activities, family schedules can get complicated this time of year. Take some time to coordinate carpools with family members and friends to save on fuel and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
5) Change with the weather. It can be hard to admit summer is over, but winter is coming. It's time to weatherize your home and start wearing sweaters instead of cranking up the heat more than necessary.