Climate change is a complex problem. The threats it represents are already being felt in many parts of the world. Gone are the days that it can be easily dismissed as farfetched idea. There have been many things happening in recent years that point to the effects of a changing climate. Some species have become extinct while many still remain endangered. Many countries have suffered from floods and droughts. The temperatures have risen at unprecedented rates in recent memory. These are just some of the many notable changes that highlight the possible consequences of non-action.
Everyone has a chance to do his or her share in fighting climate change. Here are just a few of them:
1. Get informed
Educating yourself about climate change is a big step towards taking action to fight it. Learn from the experts, read resources, and participate in discussion in online communities or in your neighborhood. Watch videos of talks by climate and environment champions. Follow the experts and advocates on social media networks. Sometimes understanding more about the problem can be a catalyst for change.
2. Commit to making small changes at home
Your lifestyle does not have to undergo a quick and major overhaul. Start by committing to making small changes instead of pushing yourself to change the way you live at once. Taking simple steps is more sustainable. Think of it as a long-term commitment towards a worthy goal. You can start with cutting down energy usage at home. Switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. Develop habits like switching off lights and unplugging appliances when not in use. Skip the dryer when doing laundry. Instead, hang your laundry outdoors to dry.
3. Make eco-friendly food choices
Food production and the process of transporting them to their end destinations contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. You can do your part in minimizing your carbon footprint by buying local. Cut back on processed food consumption. Commit to a meatless meal. As you get used to it, you can even go for a day or week without meat. Eat less beef or scrimp on dairy products. Producing these two staples often result to more carbon emissions that add to the climate change problem.
4. Reduce waste
Throw less stuff that will only contribute to the amount of garbage dumped in landfills that emits greenhouse gas. Reduce waste by composting or recycling. Buying less is also a great way to avoid having too much stuff to throw when you no longer need them. Reuse old items and buy second hand if you need to. Donate items you no longer need to charities or in your community. Buying less stuff is also a good practice, especially if you want to avoid accumulating more things that you will have to discard in the future.
4. Find eco-friendlier ways to travel
There are more environment-friendly ways than driving your car to get to your destinations. Biking and walking not only minimizes your carbon footprint. It can also be an excellent way to get the exercise you need every day. You can also give carpooling a try or use public transportation at certain days of the week. Cutting back on air travel also helps. Or if you are a frequent traveler, you can calculate and offset your carbon footprint.
5. Support initiatives
There are many ways to support the climate action campaigns. Find organizations you can join, support, or donate to. Share information and promote initiatives that seek to find the solutions to combat climate change.