Why Be “Better Than Ed”?
Ed may be a celebrity and environmentalist, but sometimes his sustainability tips can be a bit unorthodox.* The truth is, you don’t have to be famous or perform eco-heroics to help save the world from often-overlooked — but serious — issues like food waste, energy waste and population growth. Making sustainable choices every day, and demanding that systems change so that it's easier for everyone to live sustainably, are all you need to help save the world.
*Disclaimer: Ed Begley Jr. is actually totally reasonable! Check out his website BegleyLiving.com for inspiration for a sustainable lifestyle.
Every day we add 227,000 people to the planet. And every day dozens of wildlife species go extinct. The United Nations predicts that human population will surpass 11 billion by the end of the century. As the world’s population grows, so do demands for water, land, trees and fossil fuels — all of which come at a steep price for already endangered plants and animals.
But don’t listen to Ed about avoiding sex altogether to address population growth. Take these easy steps to save the world instead:
Forty percent of all food in the United States is wasted. That means everything that went into producing that food — the pesticides, the water, the land — were all wasted as well. And while perfectly good food is thrown in the trash, 1 in 7 Americans still goes hungry. Solving the country’s food-waste problem requires change at every level of the food system, from farmers to grocery stores to homes.
But eating trash like Ed isn't the way to prevent food waste. Take these easy steps to save the world instead:
Sign this petition to urge Albertsons, a leading grocery chain, to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2020 and step up with more transparent reporting.
Join the Food Waste Challenge and pledge to reduce your own household food waste.
Energy is wasted at almost every point of its generation, transmission and use — from extracting fossil fuels to using energy-inefficient appliances. All this wasted energy takes a real toll on our climate, water and wildlife. Fortunately there are lots of ways to reduce energy waste, both at home and with your legislators’ help.
But there’s no need to read in the dark like Ed. Take these easy steps to save the world instead:
Reach out to your representatives to demand they protect ENERGY STAR and other successful efficiency programs.
Pledge to reduce your household energy waste this year through five easy steps.