There is growing proof of climate change in the forms of historical weather catastrophes in areas of the world that have never witnessed such events. The burning of fossil fuels, the buildup of plastic and other types of waste, and worldwide deforestation threaten the future of humanity. As the New Year approaches, millions of Americans and citizens all over the world will be pledging to do their part to save the planet. Here are some ways in which you can do your part for a sustainable future.

Take a Hike
Driving your car when you don’t really need to just adds needless pollution to the environment for no good reason. If you need one or two things from the grocery store and it’s within walking distance, why not walk it? Burning fossil fuels so that one person can make an unnecessary trip is simply not sustainable — support fresh, clean air, and a thriving environment by driving your car less. You will be doing yourself and future generations a favor. 

Buy a Water Filter
If you can ditch buying bottled water, you will be helping to cut down on plastic waste that makes it into our oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes. Most people don’t know that most bottled waters are just filtered tap water anyway, and aren’t much better than drinking tap water, although they might taste better. Invest in a filtration system such as a Brita, or an even more elaborate system if you can afford it. Then you can purchase a sustainable water bottle you can use over and over again.

Support Local Farmers
Genetically modified foods (GMOs) that are grown with harsh pesticides are toxic to humans as well as the environment. It’s these kinds of vegetables and fruit that stock your local supermarket’s produce section. Instead of shopping there, go to where the farmers sell their produce. There is usually at least one farmer’s market in every major city, and there is probably one in yours. Encouraging sustainable agriculture by supporting your local farmers decreases pesticide use and saves our indispensable insect population.

Supporting environmental sustainability doesn’t have to mean doing without the things and activities that you love. Most often, it simply involves doing them in more practical and less wasteful ways.