Climate change is a serious problem that is affecting people all over the world. As temperatures increase and weather patterns become more extreme, it is important for all of us to do our part in living a lifestyle that is both healthier for the earth and healthier for us as its citizens. This may seem like a daunting task, but there are actually many practical things you can do to reduce climate change.
– Take public transportation. One of the biggest reasons that climate change is occurring is because our heavy use of fossil fuels for transportation is causing temperature increases, as well as increasing pollution. When fewer of us drive our own cars, the impact on the planet is reduced. If you live in a major city, you likely have a train or bus that you can take to work. If you live close enough to your workplace, you can also walk or ride a bike. Although it may take slightly longer, it has a great positive effect on the environment. You may also want to consider carpooling to work with friends if none of the options listed above work for you.
– Recycle whereever you can. If for some reason your neighborhood doesn’t yet have recycling services with your trash services, then instead save your recycling every week and take it somewhere where your recycling can be processed. If you have items that you want to get rid of, see if you can find someone else who will get good use out of it, or if it can be deconstructed and used to make something new instead of just throwing it out. This reduces the amount of waste polluting our planet.
– Minimize your use of energy at home. Switch off lights and electronic devices whenever you can – not only will this reduce your electricity bill, but it also reduces your reliance on potentially damaging and non-renewable power sources like coal and oil. Take things to the next level by looking for devices that use less energy, like LED lightbulbs and EnergyStar appliances, which are designed to work in a way that is energy efficient.
– Be conscious of your thermostat, and try to only use it when you really need it. Just a few degrees change in your home’s temperature can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. Many termostats nowadays are programmed to be energy efficient, so you don’t have to adjust them manually. You can deal with the temperature change by using battery powered fans in the summer and extra blankets in the winter.
– Research the environmental impact of the products that you are interested in before you buy them. If you purchase snacks that are made organically and come in recyclable packaging, for example, you’ll be supporting companies with responsible practices, which will in turn encourage them to keep working and eventually discourage companies that don’t use these practices. Many products now list this information on the label to make things easier.