As our climate continues to warm, we see more and more extreme weather events take place all across the world, while sea levels rise and more and more plants, animals, and even human life becomes endangered.
Global warming has become such a global issue, that at times it can be hard to see what you – as an individual – can do to help resolve climate change.
In this article, we will summarize a few things you can do to help, however before jumping into them we want you to consider these two important points:
The first is that any movement to improve and help reverse climate change is sparked by and made of individuals. Mahatma Gandhi once said:
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
So while climate change and global warming are factors that impact the entire world, so can the things you do help to have a worldwide impact.
The second point is that today, there are many people, communities, and groups that take climate change seriously and work to take action.
“We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” – Sonia Johnson
So, with that in mind, here are some things you and anyone can do to help fight climate change:
- Look for ways to use less energy or use your energy more wisely. This not only helps reduce the amount of overall energy demand and so energy production, but it will also help you save money on energy costs. Installing and using energy-star appliances, a programmable thermostat, washing clothes with cold water, or hang drying clothes, can all work to help you reduce your overall use of energy at home.
- With a national push to use cleaner energy, there has never been a better time to switch to solar power. Solar power for your home not only helps you reduce your carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions, but it also saves you money on energy costs. Tax breaks and incentives also make it very affordable and convenient.
- If you are renting or cannot install solar power on your home, there are ways to contact your utility and ensure the power you use is coming from renewable sources and you can even get a certificate stating that the energy you use is green energy.
- Your diet can also help improve the climate change problem. What you eat and your diet can have a significant impact. Consider eating less meat, buying organic and local where possible, don’t waste food, and if you can, grow your own food.
- Talk to others about climate change. It sounds simple but it’s powerful. Often what you say can cause a ripple effect, because people listen to you. If you are taking action to reduce climate change, talk about it and let people know what you are doing and why. Family, friends, and co-workers will listen and perhaps start adopting some of the things you do and also get involved.
- Emissions created by the transport industry have a major impact on global warming. Consider ways to reduce the amount you drive or ways to commute greener. Many cities offer sustainable transport methods or special lanes for people carpooling. Electric vehicles are also more and more convenient as time goes on. Whatever the solution, see if you can reduce the amount of emissions created by your day to day transport.
- Use less plastic products and recycle more. Today, it’s very easy to find products that are not made of plastic or material that harms the planet.
- Support green movements and local groups that advocate green energy and climate change goals.
While there are more things you can do, these are 9 simple actions anyone can take to help improve the climate problem and do their part.
Ensolar specializes in solar installations for homes in the Pinellas County and Hillsborough area. With hundreds of solar installations under our belt, we are very proud and passionate about helping homeowners and business owners across Florida become more green, and save money on energy, through solar PV systems that not only help you create your own energy but every day make you feel great about the energy you use!
Senior Editor, Ensolar