What Is the Most Effective Thing an Individual Can Do to Help the Earth?

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Got a burning or murky question that needs a bright-green answer? Sierra magazine’s new advice columnist, Ms. Green (a.k.a. Jessian Choy), will tackle any puzzle, no matter how big or small—whether it’s something global like clean transportation or the value of a plant-based diet, or something granular but no less weighty, like a plastic-free way to brush your teeth. You can submit yours here and peruse her previous responses here.

Illustration by Loris Lora.

This post originally appeared in Sierra magazine. It has been republished with permission.

According to Project Drawdown, the third- and fourth-best climate change solutions are reducing food waste and eating a plant-rich diet.

(The top two solutions aren’t things the average person can easily control: refrigerant management and onshore wind…

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