Saturday, June 18, 2022
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Your Decisions Matter
Help Slow Climate Change
It’s all about community-level change, and the role we can play as consumers, professionals, and influencers.
We CAN help limit climate change. The Climate report makes it clear that the technology and solutions are available to rein in emissions but we are rapidly running out of time to deploy them. We need to take action now. From the way we travel to the electricity we use and the food we eat, we can make a difference.
1. REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR & RECYCLE
Electronics, clothes and other items we buy cause carbon emissions at each point in production —from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing and transporting goods to market. To protect our climate, buy fewer things, shop second-hand, repair what you can and recycle.
2. EAT MORE VEGETABLES
Eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and less meat and dairy can significantly lower your environmental impact. Producing plant-based foods generally results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and requires less energy, land and water.
3. THROW AWAY LESS FOOD
When you throw food away, you're also wasting the resources and energy used to grow, produce, package and transport that food. When food rots in a landfill, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that warms the atmosphere and adds to climate change. So use the food you buy and compost any leftovers.
4. WALK, CYCLE OR TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The world’s roads are clogged with vehicles, most of them burning diesel or petrol. Walking or riding a bike instead of driving will reduce greenhouse gas emissions — and help your health and fitness. For longer distances, consider taking a train or bus and carpooling whenever possible to reduce your carbon footprint.
5. CHOOSE ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Everything we spend money on affects the planet. You have the power to choose which goods and services you support. To reduce your environmental impact, buy local and seasonal foods, and choose products from companies that use resources responsibly and are committed to cutting gas emissions and waste.
6. SAVE ENERGY AT HOME
Much of our electricity and heat is powered by coal, oil and gas. Use less energy by lowering your heating and cooling, switching to LED light bulbs and energy-efficient electric appliances, washing your laundry with cold water and or hanging clothes to dry instead of using a dryer.
7. CHANGE THE WAY YOU TRAVEL
Airplanes burn large amounts of fossil fuels, producing significant greenhouse gas emissions. That makes taking fewer flights one of the fastest ways to reduce your environmental impact. When you can, meet virtually, take a train or skip that long-distance trip altogether.
8. SWITCH TO AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
If you plan to buy a car, consider going electric, with more and cheaper models coming on the market. Even if they still run on electricity produced from fossil fuels, electric cars help reduce air pollution and cause significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than petrol or diesel-powered vehicles.
9. CHANGE YOUR HOME'S SOURCE OF ENERGY
Be aware of where your home energy comes from oil, coal or gas. If possible, see if you can switch to renewable sources such as wind or solar or even install solar panels on your roof to generate energy for your home.
10. SPEAK UP - BE A VOICE IN YOUR COMMUNITY - TAKE ACTION!
Speak up and get others to join in taking action. It's one of the quickest and most effective ways to make a difference. Talk to your neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family. Let business owners know you support bold changes. Appeal to local politicians and world leaders to act now. Or better yet, organize a local beach clean-up in your local communities.