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We often view philanthropy as being solely associated with large monetary donations and volunteerism. Admittedly, a large amount of philanthropy revolves around those things. But philanthropy can be so much more than that. The technical definition of philanthropy, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “goodwill to fellow members of the human race, especially an active effort to promote human welfare.”

One of the greatest ways that any individual can demonstrate their goodwill to their fellow human beings is through eco-friendly means. Now more than ever, our planet is hurting. This article is not designed to spark political discussions on the validity of climate change; it is simply intended to enlighten readers on how we can take simple steps to help improve our planet.

Try a Canvas Bag

Going to the grocery store is a necessity for every human being on the planet. Unless you have the ability to create every conceivable object you could ever need, a trip to your local grocer is going to happen from time to time. So, instead of using a plastic bag that the store offers, why not use a canvas bag? They’re far more durable than the cheap plastic the store has, so you won’t have issues with tearing, and they’re reusable, so you reduce the volume of plastic that ultimately ends up in the ocean and destroys plant life. 

Cut Down on Water

Yes, there is a lot of water on the planet, but that doesn’t mean we ought to waste the water that we have. Conserving water cuts down on energy consumption as well. Take shorter showers and think about reducing your number of showers in a day (if you shower more than once a day). You can also stop buying bottled water, and instead buy a water filter for your tap. It will taste exactly like bottled water, and you will save on grocery store expenses. 

Eat Less Meat

I’m not saying you should go vegan here, but try cutting down on your meat consumption. Surprisingly, the livestock industry takes up a vast quantity of land on the planet, and what’s worse is that all of those animals (and the various processes associated with raising them and transporting the meat to your grocery store) are heavily contributing to greenhouse gases. In fact, it generates roughly 65 percent of human-related nitrous oxide, according to the United Nations. Eating less meat means less of a demand for the industry, and we can begin to cut back.

While these might seem like a strange way to view philanthropic endeavors, they aren’t. Doing your part in the conservation of this planet is absolutely a philanthropic endeavor. Go out and try to make a difference as best as you can.