With so much devastating climate news being shared each day, it can start to feel like we don’t have any power to stop the changes taking place in our planet. “I’m just one person,” you might think to yourself, “How am I supposed to help stop this?”
Don’t worry; there are many reasons to remain hopeful. The good news is: you don’t have to have superhero powers to help stop climate change. We can all take small actions in our everyday lives and work together to heal the planet and reverse concerning trends such as global warming.
Here are some questions (and answers) regarding climate change and how you can help:
Q. What impact do humans have on climate change and global warming?
A. Rising global temperatures have resulted in changes in weather and climate patterns, including increased rainfall, increased temperatures, floods, droughts, and severe heat waves. Ocean levels are rising, the planet’s water is becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and many animals face extinction.
The reason behind these changes? Although some climate changes are natural, scientists and experts believe the recent acceleration of climate change can be directly linked back to humans. Since the Industrial Revolution in 1750, human activities have contributed to the “greenhouse effect” and a rise in CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere. Record levels of CO2 have recently caused the planet to warm, contributing to the rapidly changing climate patterns around the world.
Q. How can I help?
A. Armed with the knowledge that humans are directly contributing to climate change and global warming, there are a few things you can do to help. For starters, you can create a green home to help reduce your carbon footprint, save money, and live more sustainably.
Set your thermostat to a lower temperature throughout the year - and leave it there. Insulate your walls and install solar panels to help reduce energy usage. When your light bulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent lightbulbs instead. Take shorter showers and wash clothing in cold water whenever you can.
Q. How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
A. In addition to having a more eco-friendly home as mentioned above, there are a few other ways you can make your home green to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. There are many online calculators you can use to determine your personal impact on the world’s carbon levels, water supply and other environmental issues. Once you understand your own personal contributions, you can begin taking steps towards reducing your impact on the environment.
In addition to modifying your home using the steps above, you can reduce your carbon footprint by going “green.” Experts recommend reducing your consumption of meat and dairy, and riding a bike, walking, carpooling, or taking public transportation whenever possible. Borrow or rent items instead of buying new items. Only purchase what you need, and be mindful about the items you do purchase. Try to support sustainable, eco-friendly and local businesses whenever you can. By working together, we each can do our part to reverse the trend of climate change.
This guest blog has been provided by Climatewise.co. Visit their website for more climate change information.