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In celebration of International Climate Change Awareness week, here are a few things you need to know about climate change and lifestyle choices you need to make to help reduce its effects.
The world’s mission to stop climate change has been on top of our news feeds lately, as a lot of people are becoming aware of the urgency and significance of this cause. The fight became even more public after young Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg spoke fearlessly at the United Nations and slammed world leaders for climate inaction.
More and more people and organizations have been helping in raising people’s awareness about the fatal effects of climate change — rising sea levels, warming oceans, melting ice, migrating species, drought, wildfires, extreme weather conditions, and a lot more. But along with awareness, saving the world also requires action. The herculean task to stop a worldwide threat is impossible if only organizations and selected few would work toward achieving the goal. The mission requires a large number of people to make small efforts that when combined, could make a huge difference in our world.
Here are a few things you can do to help reduce climate change:
Take Public Transportation
Instead of driving your own car to work or school, try to take public transportation. The greenhouse gas emission made by millions of cars every day is one of the leading causes of climate change. So commuting to work is a good way to cut on those emissions.
Watch Your Energy Usage
Consuming less energy means power plants burn less coal and fossil fuels, which produce greenhouse gases. So watching on your energy consumption is also looking after the health of the earth. To lessen your energy use, you can: switch to energy-efficient light bulbs, unplug your computer and other electronics when not in use, purchase energy-saving appliances, and hang-dry clothes instead of using the dryer.
Recycling is an environment- and cost-friendly process that would help reduce waste and the emission of greenhouse gases from manufacturing plants. Watch what you throw out in the garbage, and be sure to save the papers, plastics, and other recyclable materials. And if you’re up for a bigger challenge to make a change in the environment, you can also try going zero-waste.
Change Your Diet
Eating less meat and dairy products, eliminating food wastes, cooking your own meals instead of getting takeout, and adopting a farm-to-table concept are a few ways you can do to help fight climate change through your diet.
Support The Cause and Encourage Others
Starting the conversation about the climate is the first and huge step in encouraging others to take action. So inform others, join your local group or organization in their movements and campaigns, and support leaders who advocate for the environment. Because at the end of the day, the fight against climate change is one that needs all people’s concern.