Climate change is no longer a distant threat: we are now seeing the deadly consequences of a warming planet, from devastating weather and wildfires to rising sea levels. Although there is nothing we can do right now to stop climate change, we can take action to mitigate its effects.
So, what can you do as an individual? Here are five ways you can help in the fight against climate change:
You are probably not shocked that we started with this one. And we can confess that we are a little biased. On the other hand, going solar is one of the most effective ways to help combat climate change.
Any kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity produced by a home solar panel system reduces your dependence on the grid, which, sadly, still distributes a lot of brown energy (i.e., energy from fossil fuels).
When you switch grid power with solar electricity, you significantly decrease your carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas pollution in our environment. Consider the average household in Australia, which uses 15,042 kWh of electricity a year. According to the EPA, this amounts to around 7.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year or the carbon equivalent of burning 833 gallons of fuel or 8,156 pounds of coal. And that is only in a year! Consider how much carbon you can save over the lifespan of a solar panel system if you replace it with zero-emission, renewable energy!
Remember that putting solar panels on your roof is not the only way to go solar; if you may not or do not want to do so, check to see if your city has any open community solar projects. You may not need to sign a long-term contract, pay any upfront fees, or join a cooperative solar farm in your area – what you need is an electric bill. Any new community solar subscription also helps create local renewable energy jobs by supplying the capital that solar developers need to construct further projects that will help to decarbonize our electric grid.
Invest in energy-saving technologies
Yeah, the insulation, appliances, and lighting! You should get your feet wet for specific energy-saving programs if you are looking for one of the simplest ways to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
Any energy-saving initiative, from weatherization to replacing conventional lights with LEDs to purchasing ENERGY STAR appliances, aims to reduce energy usage. As previously said, something you can do to reduce energy consumption–both electricity and gas–assists in lowering total use and dependence on fossil fuels, which contribute to global warming.
Are you stumped as to where to begin? Begin with an energy audit performed by an expert. This will assist you in determining the most effective energy-saving options in your household.
Make the commute more environmentally friendly.
Do you commute to work every day in a gasoline-powered vehicle? You are not, by all means, alone. In particular, transportation accounted for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018. (28 percent). And it is not shocking, given that the average passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of CO2 per year.
We must make major improvements in how we get from point A to point B if we are to reach net-zero pollution by 2050. Choosing all-electric or hybrid vehicles is beneficial (Note: You should use the Carbon Counter tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to assess the environmental benefit of that transition.). However, if necessary, strive to go a little better and use public transit, as well as walking and biking.
Spread the word
What actions do your friends take to combat global warming? Is there someone in your family? Climate change awareness is spreading quickly, but not quickly enough; The percentage of Australians who think climate change is now occurring has risen by 15 percentage points in the last five years. According to the survey, the rate of Australians who believe we are facing “a lot” of the effects of climate change has risen from 33% in 2016 to 48% in 2020.
You may take any steps to reduce your climate impact, but it would not matter if anyone else is doing the same thing – we all share one environment and one climate because we are all in this together. Do what you can in your areas of power to support climate change action.
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