Climate Change Prevention: Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make to Fight Global Warming

Posted April 16, 2019 at 8:48 am by

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The fol­low­ing arti­cle was writ­ten by Neil Stawski…

As much as the skep­tics and crit­ics might try to deny cli­mate change, the signs that it’s a crit­i­cal issue are all around us. The evi­dence of glob­al warm­ing can be found in the death of our coral reefs due to the increased tem­per­a­tures of our ocean waters. One only has to look to the Earth’s poles to see evi­dence of reced­ing glac­i­ers and ris­ing waters. Entire rivers are chang­ing direc­tion, the oceans are chang­ing their chem­istry, our bee pop­u­la­tions are dying, and the scari­est part is that this is entire­ly unchart­ed ter­ri­to­ry for humans. Even the experts aren’t com­plete­ly sure what to expect.

While the warm­ing of our plan­et is grim news, it’s impor­tant not to give up. Rather than los­ing hope, make an effort to do your part to help our plan­et. Luck­i­ly, there are still many envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly changes we can make to our homes and with­in our com­mu­ni­ties to do our parts to help stop cli­mate change.

Here are a few to consider:

Shop Local
Pur­chas­ing pro­duce from your local farmer’s mar­ket is an easy way to help the envi­ron­ment by reduc­ing your food miles. Buy­ing local not only reduces your car­bon foot­print, but enables you to sup­port local farm­ers, there­by pro­tect­ing the land their farm sits on and the wildlife that call it home.

Low-flow Appli­ances
Ener­gy- and water-effi­cient appli­ances can be a great way to reduce your intake, and hope­ful­ly, do your part to help curb the trend of cli­mate change. You can invest in the instal­la­tion of low-flow sinks, show­ers, toi­lets and oth­er appli­ances that use water. This will help reduce the amount of water you use in your house­hold — and could pos­si­bly even increase the val­ue of your home. Not only does this save you mon­ey in the long term on your month­ly water bill, it also helps save our planet’s water supply.

LED or CFL Lights
Rather than using tra­di­tion­al light bulbs, con­sid­er mak­ing the switch to LED or CFL Sure, they might cost a lit­tle extra up front, but they’ll like­ly pay for them­selves over the long term thanks to the sav­ings on your util­i­ty bill. Plus, they’ll last longer and out­shine tra­di­tion­al bulbs.

Go Min­i­mal­ist
Experts say that we humans cur­rent­ly con­sume our planet’s resources at a faster rate than the plan­et can pro­duce new ones. As you can prob­a­bly guess, our society’s cur­rent cul­ture of con­sumerism is unsus­tain­able. We’re devour­ing the planet’s resources, using more ener­gy than it can pro­vide and pro­duc­ing more waste than Moth­er Earth can han­dle. One thing we can do to stop this vicious cycle is to reduce the num­ber of items we own so that we each have a small­er glob­al car­bon foot­print. Try to use pub­lic trans­port when­ev­er pos­si­ble. If you must have a car, invest in a small­er, more ener­gy-effi­cient mod­el. Save mon­ey and ener­gy expens­es by mov­ing into a small­er home. Donate or sell any unused or unneed­ed belong­ings. When it comes to sav­ing the plan­et, less is more.

Help NASA Col­lect Data
One addi­tion­al (and uncon­ven­tion­al) way you might help fight cli­mate change is by direct­ly work­ing with NASA — yes, real­ly! Shoot for the stars and apply for one of NASA’s new­ly announced “cit­i­zen sci­ence” projects, which allow every­day peo­ple to con­tribute by help­ing col­lect Earth sci­ence data. NASA com­plete­ly funds these projects, dur­ing which you’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lect “sci­en­tif­ic data on air qual­i­ty, bird pop­u­la­tions, snow­pack and oth­er areas of NASA Earth sci­ence research.” It’s an excit­ing and impor­tant project.

What­ev­er you decide to do, remem­ber that you’re play­ing an impor­tant role in help­ing reverse the dan­ger­ous trend of cli­mate change. Sure, the meth­ods list­ed above will help reduce your month­ly util­i­ty bills and put more mon­ey in your pock­et, but it’s more than that. The future of our plan­et depends upon us find­ing a way to reverse glob­al warming.

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