Climate change is one of the most serious threats mankind is facing today. Because of this growing danger a decisive response of the international community should be made and implemented immediately.
The world leaders from 197 countries signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, to combat climate change. The main goal of the Paris Agreement was to limit global warming to 2ºC.
Since then a lot of commitments have been made but a few targets have been reached unfortunately.
The positive news is that more and more people are starting to realize how serious the problem of climate change is and global climate activism is gaining more popularity. Increasing number of people ready to make a change is obvious and this is already noticeable in news reports, social media groups and forums.
Climate change is widely discussed in the media, as well as various solutions of what can be done to stop it.
There are a number of solutions ordinary people can do by changing a bit of their daily habits.
Spread a word
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stop climate change is to start raising attention to the problem, speak about the issues of climate change in your community, with your friends and your family members. The more people are involved the better. You can voice your concerns in social media or write directly to the decision makers.
Also, you can organize events in your location and invite the most active members of your Community to discuss what you can do to stop climate change and how to improve things.
Use Renewable energy for your home
By using renewable energy you help to save the environment. The easiest way is to find a utility company, which provides green energy or this is at least a part of the total amount of energy they produce.
In many locations you can find contacts of such companies on monthly statements or just search online.
Alternatively, you can install the solar or wind power system for your home.
Make your home energy efficient
Heating the building and cooling buildings consumes the most of the energy.
To save warm temperature in your home seal all the drafts and make sure the insulation is properly done.
If you are heating the house and notice the temperature doesn’t change significantly, you can call a specialist to check the insulation of your home. They use devices to measure the temperature of the walls and windows and will quickly define the location where the warm air leaks.
In some places there are programs, thanks to which you can compensate a significant part of the expenses spent on home improvements or insulation aimed to make it more energy efficient.
In order to save more energy you can buy energy efficient appliances and bulbs. For example, LED bulbs consume ⅙ of the energy needed for a regular incandescent bulb.
Take a look around you and check whether all the devices which are not in use at your home are unplugged / switched off. Nowadays the amount of devices we use daily is growing and we need to make sure we do need them and these devices do not consume energy when they are not in use.
By using less electricity we help to stop climate change.
Reduce water waste
Saving water helps to reduce carbon pollution and stop climate change. For example, when you take shorter showers, you help to stop climate change. How exactly? The reason is a lot of energy is used to pump the water, and to heat it. If you cut the period of time for showers, turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, you contribute to saving our planet and combat climate change.
It often happens that under the influence of advertising we buy things we do not actually need or buy too many items. Of course, food is one of many things we buy most frequently.
Following sustainable living tips we can buy some products in bulk, which saves us money and time. But what happens with the food we do not eat and it quickly gets spoiled? It is just thrown into the trash basket along with packing causing harm to nature and polluting the environment.
This is why every time we visit the shop we should know exactly how much food we need to avoid buying things which will be wasted.
If you have an option to compost the food – that’s great.
Be reminded that approximately 10% of energy in the USA for example, is used for growing the food, processing and delivery. Unfortunately 40% of the food purchased ends up in landfill.
If we reduce the amount of food we purchase, there will be less energy used and less food will be thrown away.
Rethink your travel habits
Having a comfortable trip to your favorite destination is something you are looking for during a year or may be less. But how often do you ask yourself whether your trip is sustainable? Could you do something differently to contribute to saving our planet instead of following your habits and taking flights and driving cars whenever you can?
Seeing a city by foot would be one of the most interesting ways to explore it and find out some small things you could have missed if you were driving. Also, walkable tours would save your travel budget. Since you are not using the car, you will not contribute to air pollution in the city you visit. Try to rethink your travel plan and maybe take a train instead of traveling by plane.
Check other options, talk with your friends and draw your own sustainable travel plan.
Each day of our life is different but there are 3 things we should remember: reduce, reuse, recycle. This is what you can do to help stop climate change, reduce the amount of trash thrown away, and reduce the amount of emissions. Let’s follow these three simple actions and make a change to the world!
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