Your actions alone can’t save the planet—but these habits can help

Each of us can help lighten our ecological load—in our homes, our neighborhoods, and the wider world.

When Earth’s woes come in large numbers—10,000 microplastic particles per liter of Arctic sea ice, 30,000 species at risk of extinction—we may doubt the power of this small number: one. As in, one person, ready to help.

It’s true that individual acts alone can’t cure what ails the planet. But each one of us can find ways to contribute to the solutions—in our homes, our neighborhoods, and the wider world.

Become an eco-friendly pet owner: Be careful how you use flea and tick products containing pesticides. Avoid cat litter made of materials obtained by strip-mining.

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