How are you helping to fight the climate crisis?
There is a great deal in the news lately about climate change. While there has been a lot of changes made, and a much deeper awareness of the problems that humanity is collectively facing, there is still much that needs doing.
Many people will debate who is responsible when it comes to making the changes that we need to avert the climate crisis. Some will say that it is for governments to legislate and provide the structure and support to make the changes. Others will put the blame firmly at the feet of business and industry. With consumer demand so high, capitalism has created a disposable culture where we throw away anything that we don’t want anymore. Businesses use too much packaging or burn resources during their production. The food industry puts pressure on agriculture which causes deforestation and over-farming, which hurts the environment.
While world leaders and big business thrash it out to decide what their commitments should be in reducing the world’s collective carbon footprint, there is a great deal that the individual could, and should be doing to stem the tide of the climate disaster. Here are a few things that you might want to consider doing yourself if you are not already doing so. Helping the world out of this problem will require a collective effort, and there is not an option to opt-out of being part of the solution.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The major thing that you need to be doing within your life is asking yourself if you need to buy a new item. Do you need this item of clothing? Will you wear it? Disposable fashion has a host of negative impacts on the environment, from the farming of cotton through to international shipping. The cost of the item might be small on your purse, but it has a far greater cost in terms of the world.
If you can buy a second-hand item, you should, as it saves waste and overproduction. Similarly, if you have broken electrical items in your home, instead of throwing it away have a look at sending it to an appliance repair company.
Look for ways that you can reduce the amount of waste that you are sending to landfill. Make sure that you are separating your rubbish for recycling, and wherever possible, selecting to buy packaging-free products.
Think About How You Get Around
If you are a driver, look at ways that you can reduce your carbon emissions. If you are getting a new car anytime soon, look for one with a smaller engine or get an electric or hybrid vehicle. Check the emissions information of a number of models and compare them. Make your decision based on environmental concerns.
If possible, make fewer journeys. If you can share rides with people, this is a better option as it will keep more cars off the road.
The Environment And Diet
There is considerable research that indicates to the animal agriculture industry being responsible for a large amount of damage to the environment. This is partly due to the deforestation of vast areas to grow crops for animal feed. The impact of this is less plant photosynthesis and less natural C02 reduction. There are also concerns about the volume of methane produced as well as soil qualities and run off into water systems.
Many people apply the logic that there is a false economy when it comes to food production for humans. When we give over so much land to grow crops for animals to eat, we are getting our calories and nutrients second hand from their meat. It is argued that if there was less meat consumed, the world’s farming industry would take up less space and produce more food.
With that in mind, a large number of people have shifted towards flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets to minimize their impact on the environment. Many companies are waking up to this fact, and food production is slowly starting to change with a lot more meat and dairy-free options available on the supermarket shelves.
If everyone reduced their meat intake, then this would reduce their environmental impact. If you do choose to continue eating meat and dairy, you should make a concerted effort to source local produce from farms that have transparent environmental policies.