Climate change is real — don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. Through the years, global warming has brought serious consequences to the planet. Melting glaciers, warming and rising levels of oceans, deforestation, extinction of species — these are just a few of them. (image source)
Most of the damage humans caused is irreversible but it’s never too late to make things less bad. As individuals, we can slow down global warming with more sustainable practices in the community. Huge life-saving results can come if every single community in the world just does the same.
Below are 6 simple actions you can do to fight global warming:
Do your part in reducing CO2 emissions.
Transportation is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions globally. Whenever possible, turn to sustainable options such as bicycling or public transportation. For long-distance travel, trains are more sustainable than airplanes.
Do your part by using your personal vehicle less. Keep in mind that every kilometer that you increase your speed will considerably increase CO2 emissions and expenses. Studies report that each liter of fuel that your car uses is equal to 2.5 kilos of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere.
Save energy if renewable sources are not accessible yet.
Take note of your appliances’ labels and avoid leaving them on standby. Always adjust the thermostat for heating or air conditioning. Since it’s difficult to completely change into renewable energy sources, the least anyone can do with coals, gas, and oils are trying to sustain it longer. Save energy, save money, and help save the planet in turn.
Practice the 3 R’s of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
Reduce by consuming fewer resources and utilizing what you do efficiently. Reuse by giving new purpose to things you don’t use anymore or turning to second-hand items instead of buying new ones. Not only will you be saving money, but you’re also reducing consumption as well. Lastly, recycle packaging, waste from electronics, and others. You can save over 730 kilos of CO2 every year just by recycling half of your garbage produced at home!
Have a lower carbon footprint by eating a low-carbon diet.
A low-carbon diet is more sustainable. Reduce meat and increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables instead. Choose food that is local and in season. Importing creates more emissions due to transportation and seasonal items undergo more sustainable production methods. Also, avoid excessive packaging and processed foods as much as possible.
If you need to buy wood, choose wood with a certification or seal showing its sustainable origin. We need to fight forest loss by consuming less and planting more trees. A tree’s lifetime can absorb up to a ton of CO2!
Look at the bigger picture.
Sadly, climate change is a huge deal but the government seems to be doing little about it. Join in the effort, in any way you can, to make everyone take measures toward a more sustainable life. Renewable energy, regulatory measures like properly labeling products, more sustainable public transportation, use of bicycles and other non-polluting methods in the city, managing waste through recycling/reuse — these are just some of the things you can promote!