Green Living

…the narrative of personal responsibility around climate change has been destructive – it makes us turn inward and focus on ourselves as the cause of the problem, and lets those who are actually responsible…off the hook. I don’t think we should feel individually guilty for climate change, but I think we should all feel collectively responsible for building a better world.

In this fight for climate justice 350Brookyn’s collective work focuses on the necessary structural changes to our energy systems. However, we encourage and honor individual work that strives to implement good practices into one’s everyday life – big or small – for the well-being of our planet and all of its inhabitants. We recognize our relationship with nature as being a part of it, not in opposition nor in authority. As the natural world flourishes, so do human beings – as the natural world is exploited, disrespected and poisoned, so are human beings.

Here we offer resources to help guide people to live respectfully on Earth, lowering individual carbon footprint and sustaining the webs of life for generations to come.

Food accounts for 10-30% of a household’s carbon footprint. Shifting towards less meat-intensive diets and seeking out locally grown foods can ease the pressures that food choice exerts on climate and boost your local economy. Read more >>

Home Energy is a huge piece of the green living puzzle. Homes and commercial buildings consume 70% of the energy used in New York City. When you adjust your lifestyle to be more energy efficient at home, you consume less power to do the same jobs. Read more >>

Clothing and footwear often goes unrecognized as a consequential source of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet in our world of fast fashion and global production networks, thoughtful approaches to buying and maintaining our clothing can impact demand and work to mitigate climate impact. Read more >>

Plastics-Free / Zero Waste and Low Waste Living are commonly used terms for people trying to reduce plastic and other kinds of waste. Here we focus on reducing the endless burden of waste on our environment. Read More >>

Composting is one of the most important ways we can accomplish a Zero Waste agenda. Find out more about the benefits and check out our resources for making composting in the city easier. Read more >>

Recycling is the next step after reducing consumption and reusing what we can. In this article we’ll revisit why recycling is so important, key recycling information, where your recycling goes in Brooklyn, and what happens after. Read more >>

Community Gardens help our environment, strengthen community bonds, and comfort the soul. There are community gardens all over Brooklyn – go support them or create your own! Map of community gardens >>