EASY WAYS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is one of the most defining issues of our time. Many people see it as the most important issue we are facing in current times. From community destroying flooding, extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, rising temperatures and country-wide wildfires, there’s no doubt that we need to take action to find ways to fight climate change on a global level.
Heat waves are becoming more common, hotter than ever before and longer lasting longer. Over the past 5 years the country has seen temperatures rise to nearly 50 degrees (celsius) in some parts, which is not only having an effect on our health and wellbeing but also to our country and the plants and animals who live on it.
“Since 1910, Australia’s climate has warmed by more than 1 degree Celsius (or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). In fact, without action, Australia is expected to warm as much as 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2090.”
We know this doesn’t sounds like much every day, you may be thinking “what a degree’s or two here and there”, but in a country that is already hot and dry a degrees, or 5 degrees, is a huge concern.
The Paris agreement was signed in 2016 limiting global warming temperature rises to a maximum of 1.5C but the fact is that even at this temperature, we are already seeing the huge impact of climate change. Not only does the rise in temperature cause bushfire season to be longer and bigger, but droughts and heat are also effecting our food production from agriculture and livestock, and the rise in water temperatures are also killing the Great Barrier Reef and effecting our Oceans.
We know that fighting climate change is not an easy task. Rising CO2 concentrations – and related global warming – will only stabilise once annual emissions reach net-zero, but there are some easy changes we can make to our day to day lives to help the cause and help our own health. We’ve put together a short list of some ways to fight climate change which you can implement in your household today.
EASY WAYS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE:
Learn the facts and speak the truth!
Education is one of the best things you can do to start your journey in fighting climate change. We know there is A LOT of information out there, and far too many opinions about the right and the wrong way to deal with the situation, but reading the information out there is a great way to start on top of what is currently happening and how you can help. After all, the more you know, the more you can do!
Follow some accounts, or environmental influencers, on social media to get bite size amounts information throughout your day if you’re overwhelmed by long, scientific articles. Yes we know, Leo Di Caprio’s latest girlfriend may grab your attention more, but make an effort to stop strolling and actually read and digest these (Leo Di Caprio is a big environmentalist though so following him is a win win situation).
Once you had some information, talk to your friends and family and see what they are doing to help or what information they can offer. It doesn’t need to be a huge debate but sharing ideas is the best way to spread the word and influence others. Perhaps your Aunty Doris doesn’t understand the effects of climate change and will now go and do some research herself. Perhaps your Gran leaves her lights on all night and will be influenced to turn them off tonight. Each small step goes a long way!
If you’re ready to get your voice heard, get social and connect with like-minded environmentally aware online or join campaigns like Earth Day Network’s Protect Our Species, End Plastic Pollution, Foodprints for the Future, Extinction Rebellion and Greenpeace.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Energy, resources, fossil fuels, and environmental impacts all go into producing clothes, textiles, white goods, phones, computers etc. so focus on buying second-hand, upcycling or reusing old things you have in your house. We like to work with the 1-in-1-out rule to reduce overconsumption and limited the amount of stuff we end up with forgotten around the house. Focus on the proper disposable of the items which you really don’t need or use any more and find loving homes for them or find appropriate recycling points.
Limit your food waste by buying only what you need and buying local to reduce your food’s carbon footprint by the amount of miles it has traveled.
Reduce the amount of plastic you use in any way you can (our article here can help with that!). Stop buying disposable plastic items, like razors, buy a water bottle you can keep refilling and take your own reusable bags with you when you next go shopping. The planet will thank you!
The burning of fossil fuels for energy and animal agriculture are two of the biggest contributors to global warming, along with deforestation. Now, we know the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are going to be pretty difficult for you to tackle single handedly, but you can control how much meat you eat.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 13–18% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions globally. We know turning vegan or even completely vegetarian is diffcult, and not for everyone, but even reducing your meat consumption is going to make a huge impact. Not to mention, being kinder in general to the planet. Start with Meat Free Monday’s and see how you feel!
Adjust your thermostat
Greenhouse gas emissions occur anytime non-renewable energy is used to heat our houses. One of the top tips for saving CO2 is to turn your thermostat down by 2 degrees C in the winter and up by 2 degrees in the summer. These are temperature which you won’t even really notice, but make a huge difference to energy saving.
Try to think about when you will need the house heating too and only turn the heating on when you are in the house and need the heating. For example, if you’re heading for a trip away for the weekend and it’s the Summer time, you could probably knock the heating off while you are away.
Walk, don’t drive
Draw a 2km circle around your house and try to walk as much as possible within that circle. Walking or cycling is better for your physical and mental health, but ditching the car to limit the number of unnecessary car journeys are also a great way to reduce the amount of carbon emissions you contribute to the atmosphere.
Use it as an excuse to explore your local area too, instead of driving off to that beauty spot for a walk on the weekend’s explore local parks and rivers within walking distance of your house. You might be surprised what you find!
There are hundreds of ways you can help but these are just a few easy ones to get you started. Once you get these in place you will be able to, and want to, start introducing more and more in to your daily life. Before you know it you’ll be the next Greta Thunberg!
The future is in our hands. The time is now to make our own small efforts to keep the Earth alive for our future generations <3
What do you think of climate change? Which one of these will you be adding to your daily routine first? Join the conversation in the comments below.