It is the greatest problem facing our planet today. Amazingly still being ignored by many but you’re in a good place you’re curiosity and want to make change for the future of our species is a great start. Sometimes it can feel like a problem too hard to rectify and when we are faced with such situations as people, sometimes people shut off to the idea of making positive change for the greater good of mankind. It all just seem to much, but what can we do about global warming? (Please note that that global warming should be referred to as Climate Change)
What can we do about global warming (Climate Change) – 4 Simple Ideas
1. Self Accountability – being accountable for your own actions and not pointing the finger at the majority
This question was posed in a sense of what can ‘we’ do, but it should be framed, what can I do? For too long have we as a people relied on the likes of government regulation to make progress to making the way we live more environmentally friendly. While we can push for industry change for things such as fossil fuels to be minimised, we need to think about how our own carbon footprint contributes, not just services we use such as electricity. So the first thing I believe is self-accountability, we need to figure out first and foremost what can we do. Leading by example can help others make the small changes they need to make to make this world a much more liveable place for the generations ahead.
2. Fossil Fuels – Move away from fossil fuels including minimising personal use of cars
Where possible when choosing your energy suppliers make sure you choose ones which source their energy predominantly from sustainable and renewable sources. When making decisions to travel around town for work or for pleasure, remember we all have our own little fossil fuel burning machines known as cars. So if you can do things like ride a push bike to work or choose public transport, the ethical thing to do is make those positive choices. Yes, they are not the most convenient things to do, but it is definitely the right thing to do. Personally, i rarely use my own vehicle, my family made the choice to live inner city and rent out our suburban home so that we were in walking distance to most amenities and supermarkets and bonus found a job within a 30-minute walk from home. Now, thats the perfect situation and understand it’s not so simple for all, but every little bit counts.
3. Eating Habits – eliminate or reduce meat & dairy consumption
I was amazed when I found out the reality behind the livestock farming industry and how polluting it was. It’s not something people really talk about as it somewhat of a protected industry, but it’s time people were made aware of the corrosive and polluting nature of animal farming. There have been estimates made that livestock industry is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, which is higher than all transportation exhaust at 13%. The documentary which made we aware of such hidden secrets and facts was Cowspiracy a documentary that bound to make you think about your consumptions habits. Sounds ridiculous right? Think about how many animals are raised for food, consider growing feed for all these animals, consider moving all these animals around, consider the waste product of these animals. The more you think about it, it makes a whole load of sense. I personally choose a plant-based diet on the ethical environmental concerns of the livestock industry, but simple things such as meat-free Mondays and reducing meat consumption are always going to be a great choice for the planet.
4. Stop Buying Plastic Bottled Products
Whats the problem with plastic bottles, we can recycle them, right? Well yeah, that’s true but unfortunately, only 1 in 4 bottles end up being recycled, what an alarming fact that is! The amount of recyclable products that ends up in a landfill and more disturbingly in the ocean is ridiculously confronting. Rough estimates state that are are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean now. While that is obviously the side-effect of using plastic, the other unspoken part of plastic is its resource intensive creation. If you are unaware a majority of plastic is made from non-renewable petroleum and this resource extraction leaves a massive carbon footprint. The processing of liquids that end up in plastic bottles is also resource intensive. Take bottled water, it takes 3 litres of water to create 1 litre of finished product. Amazingly you can get that water for a micro fraction of the cost from your own tap, and it is equal if not better than bottled water. You probably only have a different perception of bottled water because of the stimitastion from massive corporations who only gain from you buying these highly polluting products. If you are still concerned, whilst not required in Australia, you can buy water filtration systems that are very cost effective.
Cowspiracy – FACTS
Ocean Crusaders – Plastic Statistics
Green Lifestyle Mag – Disposable drink bottles: Plastic vs glass vs aluminium