Scientists are no longer asking if climate change is a real problem. The question has switched to how long it can remain a problem before we run out of time. Climate change has long been debated from a political standpoint, but it’s more than just a matter of parties. Climate change affects everyone, starting from the most vulnerable of animals who don’t even have the power to change it. But, as humans, we have the knowledge and resources to make a difference, if only we put them to good use. Climate change is here, but here are 10 ways you can take a stand against it.
Choose a Greener Commute
Climate change gets worse with the increase of fuel emissions and greenhouse gases. You can help make a difference in the emission of these harmful gases by choosing a greener method of commuting. Consider walking, riding a bike, or taking a form of public transport. If you must take a car, carpool with someone else to reduce the amount of gases overall, or switch to an electric or hybrid car.
Use Energy Wisely
The less energy we use, the less energy we waste. Saving energy reduces the amount of pollution we create, but it also saves you money in the long run. There are several ways you can use less energy. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and unplugging your computer, TV, or other appliances when not in use can make a big difference. Also, look for the Energy Star label when buying appliances to differentiate between energy-efficient models.
Eat Greener Meals
Incorporating more vegetables and eating less meat in your diet can also help make a difference for climate change. Many people don’t know this, but the livestock industry takes as much energy and fuel as all of the cars, trucks, and other automobiles combined. So, naturally, the amount of gas it emits is also great. On the other hand, it doesn’t take nearly as much energy and resources to grow and eat vegetables. Adopting a meatless diet for even one day in the week can help reduce the impact of the livestock industry on climate change.
Forget Fossil Fuels
The fossil fuel industry is still worth billions of dollars despite the amount of damage and insecurity it has within. As much as fossil fuel users try to deny it, this industry is eventually going to die out once it’s replaced by renewable energy sources. You can reduce its popularity by choosing not to invest in companies, universities, businesses, or any other program that supports or makes use of fossil fuels. Make your money go to good use by ensuring your stocks or any other business investments are put in the right hands.
Put a Price on Carbon
Speaking of putting your money to good use, working towards putting a price on the carbon use in your neighborhood is a great way to stop climate change. Carbon pricing through federal taxation makes it a little trickier for businesses to use it, and it also shows industries that renewable sources of energy are a viable option because of their affordability and efficiency. You can let your local government officers know about this by writing a letter or calling in.
Look for Renewables
Instead of spending money on energy that’s not sustainable, focus on acquiring more methods of renewable energy. You can do this by adding more green energy into your home through solar panels and geothermal energy. You can also support green energy movement organizations through your donations and volunteer time.
Have Your Voice Heard
It’s easy to feel like one person can’t make much of a difference in the huge problem of climate change. While you alone can’t make the change for millions, you can influence someone who has that power. Informing your local government officials about how you want your tax money to be spent is a great way to get active. Go to protests, write a letter, sign a petition, or call in to have your voice heard on the issue of climate change.
Vote, Vote, Vote!
Similarly, you can also partake in local elections on how your community handles climate change. Making a national change in our approach to global warming starts within a single community. Voting on the issue of climate change can help not only reduce your impact on the climate, but it also brings more awareness on the topic as a community. Keep track of local elections and do your research on candidates and their views before placing your vote for anyone.
Share Your Views
We don’t realize the power of our actions until we see someone else (usually children) following suit. Sharing your views and modeling to your friends and family how to become more aware and active with climate change is key. You can tell someone all you want, but when you show them how easy it is to make the switch to green energy, you can truly make a difference. Sharing your views with others promotes awareness and increases a sense of togetherness in this global issue.
Live in the Moment
Last but not least, learn how to live in the moment through simple pleasures. Engaging in outdoor activities, spending time with friends and family, or helping someone through volunteering is a great way to disconnect from activities that can be wasteful. Building something, upcycling, and repurposing are all effective methods of helping the planet, and you can use them to have fun while doing your part. Standing against climate change is simply about looking for ways to waste less, do more, and have fun all at the same time.