Begin the War on Climate Change
The truth is, if we want to continue living here on earth we’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes… More specifically changes that fight climate change.
Climate change threatens everyone no matter where you live and how much money you make, despite what you may be doing to combat it. The good news is that humans are more powerful when they work together and we can all take steps in our lives that will help fight global warming. The more people that get on board with these steps the better the chance we have at healing the planet.
Cleaning your streets, beaches, parks, etc. is a fantastic method at reducing the pollution not only on land but at sea.
When it rains all sorts of trash goes down into the sewers and depending on where you live this trash gets flushed right out into the ocean which is harmful to wildlife. It doesn’t stop with wildlife dying there though.
Wildlife needs to remain undisturbed for the ecosystem to run correctly. Not only does the food chain get interrupted when species dwindle or die off but their environment suffers as well.
An interrupted ecosystem can lead to a lot of different issues but at the forefront of these is ocean acidification.
Ocean acidification is pretty self explanatory… The ocean decreases in ph, making the habitat for animals toxic. The most influential animals in the ocean are the smallest… microscopic really. Plankton not only are a food source for a large percentage of animals in the ocean, but they produce more oxygen than any forest on earth, and last time I checked we kinda need oxygen to survive.
Check out this informative Earthagram article on trashtag and why it’s so important!
2. Solar Energy
Solar power isn’t by any means a newcomer to the renewable energy game. We’ve been powering our lives with solar for a while, but the issue is that we don’t power enough of our lives with it.
There are initiatives all around the world to switch to renewable energy power grids, but the problem is that we’re not doing it fast enough. Germany, for example, wants to get off of coal by 2050. In my opinion as well as many others that’s too late. Solar is expensive, but relatively it’s cheap considering if we don’t make the switch, it will cost us a lot more in the future. Check out the chart explaining so!
3. Turn Off the Lights
Keeping lights or appliances plugged in all the time forces energy plants to pump out more and more power, increasing the amount of resource they take up. Make the switch to candles for lights at night, not only are they self-sufficient, but they’re easier on the eyes and calming. Unplug all non-essential energy joggers when they’re not in use, and look into a programmable thermostat.
Not only does turning off some lights help with tamping down pollution, but it will help your wallet too.Earth Hour is Saturday, March, 28th 2020, and a growing effort on earth to let us see how bright the sky really is at night. Save the date on your calanders today!
4. Plant a tree in your natural landscape
This step will take a little research, but it will pay off in the long run.
Everyone should plant a few trees in their lifetime. Not only is it good for the planet but it’s a great experience. Getting your hands dirty with the dirt, and the roots of the tree put you in touch with the earth. After it’s planted, you can look at it and really be proud of yourself that you made a lasting difference on the planet.
You can plant out in the wild or even on your own property, but the important part is that you plant a tree that’s a part of your natural landscape. If you live in Florida for example, you shouldn’t be planting an Evergreen!
Arbor Day.org is an excellent website to find out what you should plant in your area, you could even take it a step further by planting various plants around your home which would attract different birds and butterflies to nurture the earth around you.
5. Eat Less Meat
This step is the one that everyone tends to groan at but is actually the MOST impactful. The truth is we all need to shun eating meat for a least one day a week.
Recently we’ve all heard about the impact that cattle specifically has on the environment as far as methane gas goes. Just like with the lights causing energy companies to purchase more coal, eating meat causes companies to require more meats, which means cattle ranchers need to birth more cows.
Cattle’s effect on the earth is estimated to be worse than any other producer of greenhouse gas, which is why we need to trim our consumption.
The issue most people have with trying out vegetarian meals is that they don’t know what to make. thespruceeats.com is a great website for vegetarian beginners and will for sure get you to actually enjoy your once a week meatless day.
6. Don't Use Paper Towels
I understand occasionally we need to use a paper towel for something. Maybe your dog pee’s on the floor… I wouldn’t reach for one of my hand towels either.
But to dry your hands, wipe a counter, or anything in between you should really be using a cloth towel. An easy way to break your dependence is to store them somewhere remote in your house. I noticed that after making paper towels unavailable, I went from using multiple rolls a month to an entire roll lasting me almost 3 months!
Paper napkins are also in this category as they’re incredibly wasteful over time. Plus if you switch to cloth napkins you’ll feel like your at home dining experience has been kicked up a notch or two in the elegance department.
7. Stay Away From Single-Use Plastics
Single-use plastics are wreaking havoc in so many ways on the planet and really affect global warming. Piles of trash are accumulating in our oceans and its mainly plastic out there.
Plastic grocery bags are amongst the most significant culprit for waste. Everybody has some container in their house full of them without any clue of how to use them. Recently I discovered that they make excellent packing material, and kept them after I unpacked for next time.
The best thing you can do right now is to recycle what you have, and purchase items that curb your consumption of single-use plastic. Think glass bottle soft drinks, reusable shopping bags that sort of thing.
Not everything needs to be gotten rid of though. Things like Rubbermaid containers, buckets, tools, and anything else made of plastic that you use over and over again are perfectly fine although I’d advise against purchasing more of these things.
8. Support Sustainable Farming
This task is really a tough one because it could cost a few more dollars.
Non-GMO, local, and sustainable are all attributes that raise the price, but if you want to help the environment, this is really essential that these farms are supported. If you live in a rural area, you should look for local farms and purchase directly if you can. If this isn’t an option, you should do research on where you can find these things in your area.
Sustainable farming is important because it takes the environment into consideration, not just a profit. Not only are you supporting sustainable agriculture, but also a small business which is a whole different story of importance. After you make the switch, you won’t want to go back. You’ll taste the difference immediately because the farmers believe in quality, and organic produce grown in the absence of pesticides can’t be beat taste wise.