2018 has given us the direst warnings yet for the life of our planet if we don’t make some immediate and sweeping changes to the way we live. The thought of a time nearing when we have waited too long to reverse the effects of climate change and bring our world back from the brink is overwhelming.
Although the challenges are huge there is still time to create a thriving, sustainable future. Here are some of the things we can do.
Work together. The time has come for people to work together if we are going to meet the challenge of climate change. We can find strength in numbers by organizing with other individuals and groups – that can push for changes big enough to matter, from city-wide renewable energy programs to large-scale efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
Eat less meat. According to a 2018 report, reducing your consumption of meat and dairy products is a way to significantly reduce your environmental impact on the planet.
Cook from scratch. From farm to factory and store to table, processed, packaged convenience foods are the poster children for wasted energy, oil, water and trees. And, they have less nutritional value, and contain preservatives and additives you can do without.
Insulate. Relatively simple measures such as insulating lofts and draft-proofing doors and windows on a large scale would see a big drop in energy consumption.
Embrace clean energy. Switch to renewable energy wherever possible. Support the expansion of clean power.
Change how you get around. Walk or cycle where possible and where it is available and affordable – use public transportation. If your location requires a car, consider an electric one.
Swear off bottled water. Break your reliance on bottled water and carry your own. Get into the habit of treating your reusable water bottle like your keys or your wallet. Don’t leave home without it.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy fewer things and consume less. Recycle wherever possible and – even better – reuse things. Demand a low carbon option in everything you consume, from clothes to food to energy.
Vote. Mother Earth can’t cast a ballot to help create a sustainable, cleaner and more equitable global system, but we can, by supporting leaders that will put the environment at the heart of their economic and industrial policies. And it turns out, it is not only an environmentally sound approach critical to our survival, but it is crucial to a healthy world and a growing economy – that’s a WIN, WIN, WIN solution.