This phrase has become a rallying cry over the years as climate change worsens everyday. Companies are greenwashing us and governments withhold from intervening further and risk causing more damage.
Even though we, as average individuals, don't have the millions of pounds or dollars to fight the GHGG (Greenhouse Gases Giants) we can all still gather to fight global warming, emissions, waste and climate change by simply evolving and modifying our daily routines and lives.
Today, I will be opening your eyes to a variety of realistic and essential tips and actions that you can take to help make a change and help fight climate change.
Tip #1: Consider travelling
Travel is a very important part of our daily lives, whether it’s commuting to work or going on holiday. We need to try to use different and more sustainable forms of travels and consider wisely the journeys we want to embark on and what methods of transport we will be using.
During our daily lives and commuting routines, transportation such as public transport, bicycles, and carpooling are just some of the ways we can reduce our individual carbon footprints. Investing in a bicycle or carpooling with colleagues or family members for example, will also help reduce personal costs in the long-run.
You should also make sure to consider your options when travelling internationally and staying abroad. Planes are one of the biggest methods of travelling internationally. However, they emit a lot of harmful substances. For this reason, I invite you to reconsider your methods of travelling abroad, there are trains, electric vehicles, and other forms of more sustainable international transports that will help our fight against climate change. Plus, backpacking, taking trains can create wonderful experiences and amazing travel adventures.
Lastly, a 'sub-tip' is to make sure that you take account of the accommodations that you will be staying in if travelling abroad or even in-country. Staying in BnBs compared to Hotels helps reduce emissions. Hotels are constantly running high levels of electricity, water and other services which hinders the efforts made to slow down climate change. In contrast BnBs consume much less at much lower costs and only when needed.
Tip #2: Reduce Energy Consumptions
Most of us have become accustomed to living a life that demands high amounts of energy consumption. Every day we use electricity, gas and water for various activities like cooking, heating, cooling, and even taking hot showers. We can reduce our energy consumption in our everyday lives by following some simple steps.
Firstly, switch off unnecessary lights, appliances and electronics when they are not in use. Doing this can help reduce energy wastage and greenhouse gas emissions caused by electricity.
Secondly, invest in energy-efficient appliances like LED bulbs, water heaters and air conditioners as they can help lower energy bills by consuming less energy. Thirdly, unplug any electronic devices that are not in use. Even if they are switched off, they will still consume electricity when left plugged in.
These small steps will not only be useful in combating further emissions, but will also save money and every day costs which is beneficial, especially in our current economic environment!
Tip #3: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle!
Recycling is another great way to not only fight climate change further but to also reduce our individual carbon footprint.
It is estimated that about 75% of what goes into landfills could be recycled instead.
Recycling has been made easier as the years have gone by, however it is up to us to make sure that we are on top of it during our daily lives. Make sure that you have separate bins, make sure that you check the packaging labels carefully before throwing away anything, and make sure to do your research on what kind of recycling your local council or government is undertaking.
Recycling also helps maintain our oceans and natural habitats clean and help save animals and endangered species of plants. Please aim to opt for sustainable products and products with recyclable, organic and sustainable packaging, these small things can and will make a difference in the long-run.
Tip #4: Protest!
Actively protesting is also one of the best ways to help fight climate change. Do not be mistaken, protesting doesn't just mean going to rallies or taking to the streets. It is partially that, and I support and encourage everyone to peacefully protest against the enormous companies that release millions of tons of CO2 and other harmful gases and substances every year into our planet as well as the governments that enable this to be done and do not try to withhold them.
However, protesting is also campaigning online, sharing posts, using hashtags, contributing to fundraisers, talking and teaching friends, family, strangers about the topic. Of course do not go out and begin harassing strangers, but make sure that you open the eyes of people to the world we currently live in, and a world we will have to leave future generations with.
Please make sure you peacefully protest and make sure to inspire change!
We only have one planet
We only have one Earth. It is a beautiful planet full of incredible sights, plants, animals, habitats and people. We have done enough as humans, we have destroyed and deteriorated this wonderful place we call home.
It is time to stop. It is time to halt any further damage and irreversible harm. Please act now to help bring the change we all need. Share this with your family, your friends, do more research! Know where this planet is heading, because one day it will be too late to turn back...