When people hear about climate change, most of them imagine that it is a complex subject that can only be sorted by a team of scientists. The truth of the matter is that climate change has started, and it is affecting all of us. The sooner humanity realises the dangers climate change poses to the future generation, the better for the whole world. Some of the ways to prevent climate change include:
Embrace a Green Commute
Every day, millions of people hop into their vehicles to drive to work. The result is the emission of greenhouse gases that pollute the environment. These emissions have a long term effect on the safety of the environment. You should embrace other forms of transportation, such as using a bicycle to work, walking if it is within a short distance, and using public transport to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Conserve Household Energy
When you do simple acts such as switching off lights in rooms where they are not being used, you conserve energy. This means that energy-producing companies do not have to emit more harmful gases as they struggle to produce more power for consumption. You should also consider using energy-saving bulbs to light up your home and businesses. Always remember that you can save the world from the consequences of climate change that are already being felt.
During elections, at whichever level, make sure that the person you are voting for has a manifesto that touches on climate change. Make the leaders accountable by asking them to list specific things that they plan to do about climate change both on the individual and policy-making level. Engage them in conversations about climate change and note whether they are interested and the input they have on the subject.
Items such as plastics and other non-biodegradable items take hundreds of years to break down. They remain in the environment and pollute it. News stories of oceans full of plastics and aquatic animals dying from the waste should be enough reason why you should not use and discard such waste. Try as much as possible to recycle or safely dispose of them. Alternatively, you can take them to a local recycler.
Use Renewable Energy
To prevent climate change, you should embrace other forms of energy, such as solar or wind energy. A lot of residential houses now have an option of installing solar panels and harnessing the energy into power. It is not only cheaper in the long run, but it also provides clean energy.
Consumerism is one of the contributors to climate change. People tend to buy more than they really need. The many bottles of soda, canned food, bottled water, clothes, electronics and other items that load up and become a nuisance to the environment. As a rule, you should only buy things that you need.
Have a ‘No Electronic Device’ Day
People are hooked to their devices. They spend hours on their computers, phones and tabs, and they do not imagine how much power it takes to have these devices on. To save the environment, you should dedicate a day in the week where you do not use your electronic devices.
Undoubtedly there are a lot of myths and beliefs that are not right when it comes to climate change. Challenge yourself and read books that go into details on what exactly is climate change. Go online and find articles that have been written on climate change, and if possible, attend conferences and meetings where different stakeholders are discussing the subject. The more you learn about it, the easier it will be for you to embrace good practises and educate the people around you.