9 Things Each of Us Can Do to Reduce Climate Change
Gasses containing heat caused an increase in the temperature of the Earth’s surface and as a result, the sea level has risen. This can cause the contamination of aquifers and agricultural soils, and the loss of habitats for fish, birds, and plants. Low islands, for example, like in Bangladesh and the Netherlands, can potentially disappear completely under water.
Bright Side gathered 9 tips to help you reduce this adverse impact on the environment.
9. Reconsider your diet.
Industrial agricultural lands are harmful to animals and the whole environment. These industries pollute the air and water. You can begin to solve this problem individually by doing the following:
- Stop eating meat. Did you know that to produce 1 lb of meat, factories use 2,400 gallons of water?
- Buy food from local farmers. This will help reduce air pollution in 2 ways: you don’t need to go far to buy what you need, and goods don’t need to go a long way to get to you.
- Grow your own food. Even if you have a small apartment and not a house with a garden or a backyard, you can always grow tomatoes and greens on your windowsill.
8. Invest in the right startups.
You can support eco-ideas today to save the planet tomorrow. Even $10 is enough. Today, there are many start-ups with goals to make the planet cleaner and better. Just open Kickstarter.com. Here’s a list of some of them:
7. Think about water.
Today, almost 60 million people face a food and water crisis due to global warming. How can we preserve the water balance?
- Set the water in the shower to a re-use setting. The water will be filtered and used in the toilet for flushing.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, washing dishes or washing your hair. The earth and your wallet will thank you.
- Use the sun to heat your water. Consult with experts — this technology is more accessible than it seems.
6. Plant a tree.
Buying a seedling on the market isn’t the only way to do it. If in the autumn you walk along a grove, a park, a boulevard or just a shady street where oaks, chestnuts, and maples grow, don’t be lazy and bend over and pick up some acorns, maple seeds or chestnuts.
At home, plant an acorn, a seed or chestnut in a plastic cup or pot. When transplanting a young tree, it’s important not to damage the roots. The sapling should be held indoors for about 5 years, then it can safely be moved to fresh air.
Do you think that this kind of fuss is a drop in the ocean amidst a global catastrophe? If so, imagine that if only 1% of the inhabitants of our planet would have planted at least one tree in their lives, our air would filter 74 million more trees than it does now. It makes a difference!
- Food: Try to cook without using semi-finished products as much as possible. Also, buy large packs of things to reduce the amount of trash.
- Products for the body: You can make shampoo, conditioner for hair, cream and toothpaste yourself. Try to replace some of them for a start, then replace most of what you use. Only coconut oil can replace your body cream and face wash.
- Products for cleaning: Glass cleaner, bathroom, oven and other cleaners can be made using only natural ingredients. Just use baking soda and vinegar!
4. Respect flora and fauna.
Due to the progress of humanity, all kinds of animals have lost their homes. Perhaps you have seen birds taking baths in oil reservoirs, or deer wandering on the outskirts of settlements simply because they have nowhere else to go. If you have some space, be hospitable to those animals that need help. You can make your home more livable for animals by doing the following:
- Don’t use pesticides.
- Hang a bird feeder and a drinking bowl that always contains clean water and food.
- Plant bushes, flowers, and trees that can attract forest dwellers.
- Let the snakes, spiders, bats and other creatures live. The existence of these animals means that your ecosystem is healthy.
- Use an electric or manual lawn mower, not one that runs on gasoline.
3. Make compost.
Compost isn’t a grandmother’s method of growing delicious cucumbers anymore. This is also a great way to save money and improve the condition of the soil on which you live. Instead of throwing leftover food in the garbage, collect it in a compost pile. After a while, you will have a great compost, which you can use to fertilize the lawn or your vegetable garden.
2. Consume less, recycle more.
But we can help to prevent this catastrophe. Everything is simple: the less you consume, the less you throw out. Try not to buy extra food and clothing as well as:
- Hand over unnecessary clothes to recycling centers or sell them. Perhaps you are bored with that AC/DC T-shirt but your neighbor’s son would love it. Torn and damaged things can always be given to recycling or be renewed.
- Use transportation together. Fewer cars mean less exhaust fumes.
- Rent it all! Today, there are a lot of services that will happily give you a dress or a suit for graduation, a wedding, or a simple date.
1. Use reusable bags.
Don’t use shopping bags. In Britain, about 8 billion plastic bags are used annually. This is more than 130 plastic bags per person a year. These plastic bags are annoying and you usually just stuff them into cupboards under the sink. You can reuse packages or better yet, get one cheap and durable one. You can sew a beautiful bag on your own, using the patchwork technique, for example. Then you’ll see your friends and relatives follow your example.
Do you apply these tips to your everyday life? Maybe you know other great eco-hacks? Share them with us in the comments!