Climate change cannot honestly be stopped, but we can make efforts that can make it significantly better for the environment and for us to live through. Below, we’re going to look into some of the everyday things you can do, and the more significant efforts you can make. No matter where you live, how much you have, or what you do, there are steps you can take to help prevent climate change & live a greener life.
Conserve water to help prevent climate change
Our water isn’t infinite. It comes from rivers, lakes and reservoirs that are getting drained. As heatwaves are expected to become more common, it’s essential to do what we can to protect our depleting supplies and to ensure they are used responsibly.
- Turn off the taps when you’re brushing your teeth, scrubbing dishes, or otherwise at the sink, and stop wasting 60 litres a week.
- Measure a cup of water before you fill the kettle and boil it to avoid pouring away the rest.
- Consider switching to water-saving showers and taps in the bathroom. Otherwise, set a timer on your phone to reduce the time it takes to shower.
- Only use your washing machine when you have a full load of clothes to wash.
- Save up grey water from the sink, drainage, and bath to use in the garden instead of freshwater.
In the UK, we could be facing water shortages by 2050, according to the UK Environment Agency, if we don’t take steps to ration water now.
Reduce your waste to help prevent climate change
Household waste and nonrenewable kinds like plastic in particular play a significant factor in pollution. This can have a huge impact on the environment, but dealing with all of that waste also comes with a tremendous cost in terms of our collective carbon footprint. Transporting and processing all that rubbish doesn’t come for free, after all.
Here are some ways to reduce your everyday waste in the home:
- Know your local authority’s rules for recycling and start memorising what goes into the blue bin instead of the black one.
- Stop using plastic bags at the shop. Buy one or two reusable bags made of organic materials, instead.
- Make meal plans, knowing exactly how much ingredients you need to buy for each meal, so you stop throwing away food.
- Start composting your organic waste. This compost can even be used to grow your own herbs and vegetables in the garden if you have space.
- Take the time to repair old appliances and goods instead of throwing them away or replacing them.
There’ is a lot we can do to reduce our household waste. These are only a few examples. Look at what you throw away most often and think if you can find a way to stop it.
Generate clean green energy to help prevent climate change
Renewable energy that is generated from the sun, wind, water, and other green sources is becoming more common and more affordable. There is still a significant investment to consider alongside many of these installations, but they could help you save money in the long run since you will have to rely less and less on the grid and power generated by fossil fuels.
- Solar panels are the most widely used way of installing renewable power. These can go in the garden or on the roof and depending on positioning and your latitude, a few square feet could generate enough power for a whole home.
- Small wind turbines are becoming more readily available to power properties. They make a lot of noise and aren’t considered very attractive, but if your local housing regulations don’t forbid them, they are a more stable source of energy than solar panels.
- Solar water heating is a good alternative for having a water heater inside the home. These heat up a reserve of water, just like any boiler, in a way that’s cheaper than electric or gas.
From solar ovens to using local sources of running water, there are plenty of other ways to generate clean, green energy for the home. It might be time to see, which is a good fit for your property.
Walk and travel green
Driving a car around is, without a doubt the least eco-friendly way to go. Where possible, cut down on how much you drive. Even relying on public transport is significantly more environmentally friendly.
However, greening your travel where possible is much better for the environment, whether you do it by walking, cycling, skateboarding or unicycling your way to and from work. Not only does it cut how much carbon emissions you’re producing, but it’s also great for your health. Driving has been shown to be the least healthy way to commute. It contributes to a sedentary lifestyle, is stressful, linked to anxiety, and likely to cause increased blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease.
Try walking or cycling. Look for bike-sharing programs near you to cut the costs of cycling. If those methods aren’t practical, then mix them with public transport. Do whatever you can to avoid starting up that car.
Stand up and get involved
Perhaps the most critical point of all is that you speak up about the fact that our reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewable materials is destroying our planet. There are 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions, and 90 companies that are behind two-thirds of all emissions across the world. Simply put, the efforts that we can make as individuals, while important, are significantly less impactful than the change that we can inspire if we come together.
Talk to your MP about their stance on climate change and sign up to newsletters telling you about votes that are important to the cause. Get them to commit to action that will protect our natural world. Look for events and protests that raise awareness near you.
The above means are just a start, just some examples of what we can do to ensure that the drastic action we need is taken. Join as part of the first generation to take the climate crisis seriously and ensure your voice is heard.