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10 things you can do to tackle climate change

Big change starts small.

With the UN’s latest report on the environment, we’re reminded more than ever of the importance of our actions and how it affects the Earth we live on. The report released some alarming facts. Read it.

I personally found this news super over-whelming. How in 2018 can we still be making this problem worse!? Its disheartening and scary to hear that we’re basically heading towards a climate change genocide.

Despite the severity of climate change, there are things we can do that will actually make an impact.

You may think:

“I’m just one person… I can’t do anything”. Well to be blunt, you’re wrong. Its that mindset that contributes to the problem at hand now.

As consumers, it is our responsibility to change our lifestyle for the better.

Here are some simple ways that make an impact and tackle this problem of climate change.

  1. Avoid the car.

Utilize public transport, biking or walking! If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds (721 kilograms) per year. [EPA]

2. Buy local

Shop in your local area. Reduce carbon footprint by sourcing items that don’t have to travel by plane, train, boat or truck to get to you. Additional perk: you’ll be supporting your local economy.

3. Waste properly

It blows my mind that people still don’t dispose correctly. Actually recycle, compost and dispose of your waste properly. Pay attention.

I once had an employer that didn’t recycle. All the paper and admin materials from the office were just thrown in the garbage, aka landfill — not acceptable. I made arrangements and within two weeks we had recycling bins across the office and cleaners were disposing properly. Make a quick call — you can make a difference.

This can easily extend to compost, or reducing your use of waste in general. #ZeroWaste anyone??

4. Get a reusable bottle and coffee cup.

In the UK alone, 7 million disposable coffee cups are used everyday. That’s 2.5 billion annually, just for the UK. [Independent]

The problem with this is that the vast majority of cups consumed are not recycled and when recycled they are not processed as quickly compared to the demand of production. Same goes towards plastic water bottles.

5. Buy less, choose secondhand before buying new. So many products already exist in the world. Only 10% of clothing in thrift stores get sold. [The True Cost]. The rest gets shipped to developing countries or ends up in landfill.

Perk: buying secondhand also saves money.

6. Carry a tote or disposable bag. I have a small tote bag that fits in my purse. Whenever I pick something up, I never need a plastic bag. Do you do this too?

7. Use biodegradable garbage bags.

Try using compost bags or paper bags instead of plastic bags. Plastic takes 450 years to decompose while paper is approx 4–6 weeks. Simple as that. [The Balance]

8. Don’t buy fast-fashion. Buy second-hand and find some amazing pieces in the process while also saving bank. Try shopping your wardrobe, seeing what’s in your closet before thinking you require something new.

9. Use energy wisely — and save money. Wear an extra sweater, use a blanket, hang-dry your clothes… so many little things that reduce your energy usage. By being energy efficient, you’ll pollute less and save money.

10. Eat less meat. Huge reductions in meat consumption need to happen. Shifting to a “flexitarian” diet is needed to keep climate change under 2C, not even the necessary 1.5C. The average human needs to eat 75% less beef, 90% less pork and half the amount of eggs. [The Guardian]

BONUS 11: Start a conversation. These topics need to be encouraged. Ask questions. Change starts small — in our communities, in our lifestyle.

How are you working towards climate change? Have you tried any of these tips? Tell me in the comments below. If you enjoyed this read, give me a clap!

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