The overdose of information on climate change can leave you overwhelmed. It is, however, definite that we all have to start thinking about the contributions that we can make to help save the planet. Every little contribution by each individual will help and contribute to a collective reduction in global carbon footprint.
The climate change problem has been recognized by most countries and since 2015, practically every country on the planet (196 countries plus the EU) has signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius by 2050.
Last year, the political leaders, climate experts, and business leaders of various countries gathered in Glasgow for COP26. The consensus was that it is now the time to make benchmarked efforts and harness the collective strength of the group to stop/ limit further global warming.
While the governments do their job we as individuals should also start making some changes that would help.
According to a study conducted by the Bureau of International Recycling, recycling has been shown to save over 700 million tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
Start thinking about recycling and try to stop using non-recyclable products. Use reusable bags for your grocery shopping.
Coal, oil, and gas are used to generate a large portion of our electricity and heat.
Reduce your energy consumption by turning down your heating and cooling, switching to LED light bulbs and energy-efficient electric appliances, washing your laundry in cold water, and hanging items to dry instead of using a dryer.
Stop eating meat and dairy products
Animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption. A single pound of beef necessitates the use of over 5,000 gallons of water!
There are plant-based alternatives that have similar tastes and are now available. Try to slowly start making changes to your eating habits.
Fossil fuels contribute to a large amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Electric cars help in reducing air pollution and cycling is not only pollution-free but also is good for your health.
Consider going electric and cycling to shorter distances.
To say that everyone should be made aware of climate change is not an overstatement. It is time that all of us understand and try to make changes in our lifestyle and habits to prevent further global warming. There are a number of FREE and PAID courses on climate change and sustainability.
Start spreading the word, support climate change initiatives and explain the importance of preventing further climate change to those who do not care or are unaware of this enormous challenge that faces the human race.