1. Volunteer your time and resources to those in need. View this photo on Instagram @drjillgamberg / Via instagram.com Taking time out of your busy lifestyle can make a huge difference, especially to help others and the environment. Think tree planting events and environmental education days. More trees = more oxygen = more air to breathe — which is especially important given how many hectares of bush have already been lost in Oz. 2. Be conscious of limiting your water usage. View this photo on Instagram @happyhomebodies / Via instagram.com Yes, you need to drink lots of water to live a healthy lifestyle, but what you do not need to do is have a twenty minute shower everyday or water your garden daily. Not only does unneeded water usage lessen the already low dam levels, but it also contributes to drought in areas that don't get much rainfall. Lessening your water usage will also save you money on your water bill, so it's a win-win all 'round. 3. Dig through your cupboards and donate whatever you can. View this photo on Instagram @phoenixthriftique / Via instagram.com Sure, you can donate a few of your well-earned dollars to helping others, but for those who don't have income to spare, you can also consider donating belongings. Clothing, kitchen items, bedding and more can all be hugely helpful items to those in need. 4. Whenever possible, leave the car at home. View this photo on Instagram @girlelsewhere / Via instagram.com Oil is a fossil fuel that is used to form refined petroleum, which is what you use to fuel your car. This emits toxic greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, polluting the air and harming Mother Nature. Although you do need a car to get around, try to be conscious of how often you drive. Carpool as much as possible and consider taking a bike ride or walk for shorter distances. 5. Shop eco-friendly material goods. View this photo on Instagram @biomestores / Via instagram.com Waste build-up is a huge problem in the world, so it's great to see dozens of companies are now making their products from recycled materials. This breaks the cycle of one-use material goods and also provides you with quality products. Biome is a great retailer for eco-friendly buys — offering everything from homewares and pet products, to body and beauty items. 6. Elect to go palm-oil free. View this photo on Instagram @biomestores / Via instagram.com Palm oil is a cheap oil that requires the destruction of vast amounts of forest and animal habitats to produce. It's disguised as vegetable oil and is also used in cheap packaged goods as "emulsifiers" and "thickeners". Being brand and package savvy can be as simple as reading an ingredients list on the back of what you're buying. 7. At home and in the office, reduce your wastage. View this photo on Instagram @aniahimsa / Via instagram.com Waste build-up, in particular plastic, is one of the worst problems currently facing the world. Buying less plastic packaged products is a great way to reduce your footprint and it may also encourage your loved to ones to follow suit. Like c'mon, do you really need to wrap your vegetables in plastic bags? Put them in a re-usable container, if anything. 8. Recycle, recycle, recycle. View this photo on Instagram @geeceetech / Via instagram.com You have a yellow bin at your home, but the question is, do you actually use it correctly? If you do, gold star for you! But if you don't, consider this: Would you rather those cans and glass bottles be re-used? Or end up as landfill slush in some overfilled waste field? It's a no brainer. 9. Consider taking political action. View this photo on Instagram @aussie_shereoes / Via instagram.com In the midst of the climate crisis, you've probably seen a lot more protests occurring — which can be an effective way to have your voice heard. If you feel strongly about an issue, you need to be the voice. This could mean joining a protest you feel strongly about to be part of the movement, or even writing a letter to your local MP. 10. Look to renewable energy as a longer-term goal. View this photo on Instagram @ubermodernhome / Via instagram.com Look, it's something you'd probably do tomorrow if it was provided for you, but because it's a new global movement compared to fossil-fuelled electricity, many renewable energy practices can seem time-consuming or costly to implement. But looking towards an eco-friendly future means looking towards solar power and electric cars. 11. Feed your wanderlust with eco-friendly travel. View this photo on Instagram http://@unyoked.co / Via instagram.com A love of travel as far and frequently as possible is understandable and encouraged — but with the very real threat of climate change looming over us, it's worth considering vacation options that are a little kinder to Mother Nature. For example, staying in accommodation that is run on solar power. Did you see that Matthew McConaughey has helped design an eco-cabin that ditches all the bs and gets you back to basics? So rad! 12. EAT 👏 LESS 👏 MEAT 👏 AND 👏 DAIRY. View this photo on Instagram @ligiasfreshbowls / Via instagram.com Say what you want, but the scientific fact remains the same — eating less meat and dairy not only lessens the output of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but it also helps save animals and is proven to benefit your health. Even if you can't commit to a totally vegetarian or vegan diet, dedicate at least one day per week to meals that are 100% plant-based. 13. And finally, implement sustainable business practices. View this photo on Instagram http://@byronbaycleaning.co / Via instagram.com If you own a business, or you work in a business where your voice is imperative, changing policies that'll positively impact eco-activism will go a long way to helping the environment. You've got the power in your hand, and in your voice.