What you can do to help the environment and fight climate change
Climate change is very negatively affecting the Earth. Some gases in the Earth’s atmosphere act a bit like the glass in a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat and stopping it from leaking back into space. Many of these gases occur naturally, but human activity is increasing the concentrations of some of them in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide levels today are the highest they have ever been, and a root change in how we live is critical if we want to save Earth, for instance.
Burning coal, oil and gas produces carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Additionally, deforestation is another great responsible for climate change. Trees help to regulate the climate by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When they are cut down, that effect is lost and the carbon stored in the trees is released into the atmosphere, adding to the greenhouse effect. Increasing livestock farming is another cause of climate change. Cows and sheep produce large amounts of methane when they digest their food. Methane is known to be one of the worst greenhouse gases for the planet.
Critical action is needed in order to help save the Earth. The number of people living on our planet is constantly growing, so each and every one of us needs to take action. Here are some things you can do to help save our planet:
- Walk, use a bicycle or public transport / an electric vehicle. One of the most efficient ways of lowering your environmental impact is by traveling responsibly, and thus decreasing the greenhouse gas emissions in the planet. If you need to use a private vehicle as a means of transport, consider using an electric one (companies such as Volkswagen or Tesla already have really pretty decent electric vehicles).
- Eat sustainably. Food production is a major driver of wildlife extinction. What we eat contributes around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and is responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss. Farming animals for meat and dairy requires space and huge inputs of water and feed. Today, one of the biggest causes of forest loss is the expansion of agricultural land for animal feed production, such as soy. And producing meat creates vastly more carbon dioxide than plants such as vegetables, grains, and legumes. Moving away from a meat-dominated diet towards a more plant-based diet can lower your impact on the environment. Vegetarian and vegan foods are massively on the rise and becoming far more common.
- Recycle. We need to make wasting our resources unacceptable in all aspects of our life. Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly clear, having drastic impacts on marine life. Recycling what we can reduces the amount of new materials we are making.
Here at Internxt, we try our best to help fight climate change. By using Internxt’s X Cloud, you are reducing the number of resources used in keeping your files on the cloud. With X Cloud, your files are fragmented, encrypted and stored in other people’s machines all over the world. These machines usually host these shards in the background while being used for other tasks (work, studying), thus no additional energy is needed to host your files. Additionally, since our network leverages unused storage space from these machines, no new hard drives are needed to host your shards. That’s the philosophy behind X Cloud. Empowering people’s already available resources to host your files in an economical and private manner. At Internxt, we’ll keep working towards increasing our positive impact on our planet.
Additionally, by using services such as Ecosia, you’re also having a positive impact on the planet. Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees with the ad revenue it generates while you browse the web. Public institutions such as the European Union or organizations such as WWF or Greenpeace (to which you can consider donating or helping out as a volunteer) are also trying really hard to enforce a change in order to improve our planet’s climate crisis.