To inspire conservation efforts by reconnecting individuals with nature. Recognizing the connection between our environment, food access, and health, we promote food equity on the local level.
To provide environmental education and support sustainable efforts that transform economically disadvantaged neighborhoods into thriving, vibrant communities.
The average carbon footprint of OneGreen Society collaborators is lower than the average in America and we plan to keep it that way.
4 ways to start upholding the commitment to a lower carbon footprint are:
Calculate your carbon footprint to set your personal emissions reductions goal.
Leverage the flexibility of current technologies such as video conferencing to prevent unnecessary driving to meetings and informal gathering.
Walk or bike instead of driving, when possible.
Learn why reducing our carbon emissions matters and know that these suggestions are only the beginning of this journey!
Amanda's illustration style blends semi-realism with moderate influences from anime.
"I’m a mother to two amazing children, with a heart of a child myself. I’ve been an artist as long as I could hold the utensils in my hand. The halls of my childhood home were decorated with my drawings and paintings." - Amanda Racine
Why Support Locally Grown Foods
Local products lower negative environmental impacts, and foods that are naturally in season taste better and stay fresher longer. This partly comes from the decrease in food transportation, but it also comes from organic growers using higher quality soil and healthier practices.
Local food is typically grown with more care and under better standards, using systems that aim to replenish the soil every growing season. This is hard to do on industrial scales due to the pressure of supply and demand; so much industrial growing depletes the soil by a percent each year.
On an economic scale, buying local food puts more money into the local economy. Farmer's markets also attract tourists and builds stronger community while increasing local jobs and keeping farms in operation.
Buy and Consume More Local Products
Local food products are grown, harvested, and sold in close proximity to where you live. There are so many benefits to being more mindful about where our products are coming from; not only to us as consumers, but to labor workers, small businesses, and the environment.
Buying local cuts down on the transportation between source and retailer, and exponentially decreases the emissions associated with product life cycles from farm to plate. This is significant if we take a moment to imagine the emissions associated with products shipped from the west coast to the east coast, or even overseas. In fact, it’s estimated that we can lower our own carbon footprint by 7% if we shop local more often.
Fast food, chain marketplaces, and similar retailers have transformed our traditional and more meaningful relationship with food. Local farmers were once the key to every community. With today’s fast-paced society, we often choose convenience over what is best for our planet and community.
However, the more we normalize the choice to put small businesses and farmers first, we can shift the popularity towards farmers' markets and local producers. Awareness alongside practice is the key to change.
Adopt A Plant Based Diet
Adding more plants and vegetables to our diets are good for our health and environment. The United Nations has reported one of the best ways we can individually combat climate change is to adopt a diet more full and rich with plant foods. This includes legumes, vegetables (especially seasonal ones to your area), fruits, and grains.
*Note that many local farmers do crate their produce organically, but don’t have the funds for USDA certification.
There are ways to sustainably source meat and dairy, but the truth is most traditional methods wreak havoc on the environment and are hard to sustain, especially with the growing population of our country and the world.
Meat products take more land and water to reach harvest and take more energy to process per pound.
While it’s not essential for all of us to adopt entirely plant-based diets, it is a healthy habit and one of the best and most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gases associated with climate change.
Vegetarianism and veganism are the lifestyles that use the most plant-based foods and products. But it is also understandable that not everyone has the means to adopt a plant-based diet.
An alternative to a plant-based diet is to start by cutting meat and dairy out of your diet. For example, many people try “Meatless Mondays.”