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Green Choices Info Guide: Home

There are many ways to care for the planet that we depend on for life. This guide will show you how.

Welcome to Winnipeg Public Library's Green Choices Info Guide

Green choices can be made daily. Start at home. Reach out and connect with others. Volunteer your time. Or do all of these things!

In this guide, we share information and ideas about "green choice" subjects (e.g. composting, green cleaning, renewable energy, etc.) and links to environment-focused organizations to connect with and learn from.

Get Started with Green Choices

Green enough: eat better, live cleaner, be happier (all without driving your family crazy)
The little book of going green : really understand climate change, use greener products, adopt a tree, save water, and much more
The parents' guide to climate revolution: 100 ways to build a fossil-free future, raise empowered kids, and still get a good night's sleep
The seasons alter: how to save our planet in six acts
Slow death by rubber duck : how the toxicity of everyday life affects our health
Live green: 52 steps for a more sustainable life
Civilization critical : energy, food, nature, and the future
Living with a green heart : how to keep your body, your home, and the planet healthy in a toxic world

What green choices have you already made in your life?

  • I take public transportation, bike, or walk instead of drive.
  • I've installed renewable energy tech in my home (solar panels, geothermal).
  • I eat less meat or am a vegetarian or vegan.
  • I recycle and compost.
  • I've removed my lawn and planted gardens or microclover.
  • I make my own cleaning supplies.
  • I buy fewer things.
  • I've reduced my use of single-use plastics.
  • I've installed water-saving taps and toilets in my home.
  • I've bought energy-efficient appliances.
  • I borrow items from the library!

What's my environmental impact?

That's a great question! The term used to describe this - our individual environmental impact - is "ecological footprint". It's a measurement of how fast you consume resources and create waste compared to how fast nature can absorb your waste and generate new resources. The higher your ecological footprint, the more changes you need to make to reduce your impact on the earth. Here's a simple (and small) example of the factors considered when exploring the ecological footprint of purchasing one item - an orange:

You bought an orange from the grocery store. Ask yourself these ecological footprint questions:  Where did it come from? How much water was used to grow it? How was it transported to the grocery store? How was it packaged for transport? How did you get to the grocery store? How did you get home? How did you dispose of the orange peel after you finished eating the orange?

When we explore questions like these, we quickly realize that buying an orange (or anything else) isn't quite as simple as we think! The answers to all of these questions become part of our footprint.

Ecological Footprint 101

This short video introduces the concept of "ecological footprint".

Calculate Your Footprint

Footprint calculators have been created to make things simpler for us. They work like a calculator. You enter the information required and the calculator will measure how much you depend on the environment plus give you a clearer understanding about how your choices impact the health of the planet. They're a great place to start if you're wondering where to focus your environmental protection efforts.

Here are three calculators to start with:

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