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How You Can Do Your Part in Saving the Climate

How You Can Do Your Part in Saving the Climate

Introduction

As everyone knows by now, the effects of climate change are very real and are happening now. With hurricanes, floods, forest fires, ice caps melting, and even the land caving in, how long more can we stand to ignore it? For many, the human race has run out of time to salvage the Earth. 

But what can individuals do to alleviate the global environmental crisis? As it turns out, we all possess the power to fight this issue through small but meaningful changes in our daily life. It may seem minuscule, but every contribution matters. In this article, we compile simple changes we can implement in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint. We've listed a few ideas below:

Developing Self-Contained Consumption

The aim of reducing excess consumption - or byproducts of personal consumption - is an important step in the process of reducing environmental damage, and these key concepts are useful in helping us in this process.

Reject buying disposables that are made of synthetics or wooden pulp - including tissues, cardboard, supermarket bags, and other temporary goods - in favor of products that can be used more than once. If you do, ensure that you follow recommended ways to dispose of these items so that they are properly recycled. For example, it’s recommended to wash your milk cartons and cry them off before recycling them! 

When it comes to disposing of food scraps, you can create your own compost or follow an existing compost system you might already have in your community. Working towards zero waste is tough, but not an impossible task. As long as you put in the work, it’ll come naturally to you. 

Keep your costs and consumption low by keeping in mind that your necessities are more important than what you wish to consume. Extend the lifespan of what you own with a little regular maintenance, a handy upgrade here or there, and restoring functionality in the case that your product stops working.

Become A Biker 

Did you know that cars contribute to a lot of the air pollutants that are depleting the ozone layer? In fact, in America, vehicles are the reason behind one-third of the country’s air pollution. These air pollutants contain toxins that also pose a risk to humans’ respiratory health.

When you can, retire the car keys and opt to cycle — especially during short trips that don’t really need driving. For example, traveling to a friend’s house or going back home after work. Imagine all the peak traffic you would be cycling past! Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint, but you also clock invaluable exercise time. Encourage your friends by posting the miles you put in on social media too! This can also help you commit to a regular bike routine. 

If you can’t use a bike, the next best thing is to opt for public transport. This means lesser cars on the road, which reduces the number of toxins in the air in the long run. 

How You Can Do Your Part in Saving the Climate

Water Conservation 

Being careful of our water consumption is very important. Especially if you live in a community where having access to an ample supply of potable water is the least of your worries! Some places don’t share the same privileges, and it’s not very easy to make any more of it. In fact, almost 97% of the water on earth is too salty to consume, and most of the freshwater is in our glaciers and snow. You might think melting it is the next best solution, but it’s not fair to melt away the habitat of some animals that live there. Plus, it only gets turned into seawater.

The simple changes you can make include turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. In fact, any time the tap isn’t in use, you should leave it off. Fill up a cup with water for rinsing out your mouth later. This saves so much water as compared to cupping it with your hands.

You can also be more mindful of how long your showers take. A tip is to keep a clock in the toilet where you can see it to feel motivated to stick to allotted timings. Or if you prefer a challenge, using songs to gauge your shower duration help too! So get to crafting that shower playlist. 

When it comes to washing the dishes, ensure that you’ve chosen eco-friendly dishwashing liquid that doesn’t contain toxins. You can also make the switch for all soaps you use in the household. To add, using organic soap bars or shampoo bars are more friendly to the environment too. Plus, it removes the plastic container aspect of the equation! Always opt for reusable and refillable products.

In terms of your community, you can always join or start a waterway cleanup session. You can also suggest it as a possible CSR activity you can do for your workplace. If you need ideas, check out Just On Earth for some more environmental initiatives. Keeping litter out of waterways ensures lesser blockages, cleaner flows, and a healthier ecosystem. 

Support Local

The amount of water and resources used to produce that steak sitting on your plate is huge, compared to local produce. Opting for a more plant-based diet is another way to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s not a necessity, but if you’re looking to change up your diet, this is a good reason to do so. 

If you think about it, eating local produce also means lesser miles taken to deliver food to you. You can also get to know your local farmers better and ask them about their practices. That way, you have a clearer idea of what goes into producing the food you eat. 

Cut Down On Energy Consumption

You can always opt for appliances that are more energy-efficient, and sign up for energy-saving programs in your community. If you need a little guidance, these programs can help to give you the vital tips needle to curb your energy usage. Simple things like ditching the air conditioner for an energy-efficient fan save so much more energy and shave off big dollars on your utility bills.

How You Can Do Your Part in Saving the Climate

Conclusion

And there you have it, a couple of tips you can implement to work towards a greener lifestyle. If you’re ready to take it up a notch, you can always install solar panels, or invest in an electric car instead. Don’t worry if you’re unable to implement all of these tips, as long as you’re committed to at least one aspect, it’s more than enough.


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