The far majority of the Worlds leading Scientists agree that changes are happening rapidly to our climate due to human-induced factors. The last seven years have been the seven warmest years on record.
This is a dramatic warming trend that will have impacts to us all. Wildfires, flooding, droughts, higher insurance premiums, higher energy bills or more frequent blackout occurances, rising taxes to cover infastructure and disaster recovery, allergies increasing, expensive food, water quality, and more frequent extreme weather (hurricanes, tornadoes).
So What Can YOU do?
1) Vote. Use your Voice. Call your Representative.
The absolute best way to drive change. We need leaders in government that will drive sustainable policies. Force large companies and the economy to put a priority on sustainable practices. Hold groups accountable that most pollute. And promote a global response to the climate crisis.
2) Know how to use your money. Divest from carbon holdings.
Large corporations love to put the burden of change on the consumer. That is unacceptable. Beyond policies that force companies to change, the mighty dollar is the next powerful resource we can use for change.
There are a few way to do this:
- Spend money only at socially responsible companies
- Invest in individual companies that are socially responsible
- invest in a large fund such as ESGV by Vanguard
I highly recommend heading over to Mr. Money Mustaches blog and reading his article: Socially Responsible Investing.
3) Reduce, Re-use, Re-Purpose and Recycle.
Single Use Plastic is one of the largest contributors to pollution. Not only does it takes ages to break down, in the process it turns into micro-plastics. This becomes a danger to both humans and animals alike.
Remember the 5 R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle
- Refuse – Refuse unnecessary purchases or packaging that causes waste.
- Reduce – Reduce the amount of waste you use. Print double sided. Eliminate single use plastic for a metal straw or cloth bag. Buy products that don’t rely on heavy plastic packaging.
- Reuse – A rip in your jacket? Sew it up. Re-use cardboard boxes from Christmas for that move you have coming up.
- Repurpose – Can an item be re-purposed? Cardboard boxes are great weed barriers. Old t-shirts can be used as rags or sewn into a blanket. Get creative on repurposing items.
- Recycle – Lastly, if the other 4 R’s can’t be used, be sure to recycle appropriately. Limit the amount of items that make it to our landfills.
4) Eat More Plants and Less Meat
I am sure you have heard it a million times, eating meat is bad for the environment. Meat production produces large amounts of Cardon Dioxide and Methane. Reducing or eliminating meat from your diet is a great way to help the environment.
Now we understand, not everyone can or wants to become vegan. But even eliminating meat from your diet a couple days a week can have a great impact.
5) Look at your housing and tranportation
Housing and transportation are two big areas that can be evaluated to have a bigger environmental impact.
With housing, evaluate what you can do to be more efficient. Get a whole house energy audit to determine areas or improvements. LEDs, Insulation, limiting food waste, more efficient windows or doors seals, solar installation. These are all areas that can make an impact.
With transportation, is there an opportunity to walk or bike rather than take your car? Personally, the benefits of biking to work have been incredible for my health and mental state of mind.
You can also look at trading in your large SUV for a new EV or hybrid. But be careful not to get caught up in the trap of constantly upgrading to newer more efficient vehicles. The waste in producing the vehicle will far outweigh the benefits in efficiency.