We know climate change is an enormous issue. We know our government isn’t doing anything to fix it. So what can we do as individuals?
- One of the most important things you can do to combat climate change is talk about it. In a recent study done by CBS, it was found that 75% of average Americans didn’t talk about global warming more than twice a year. Your voice matters, so use it.
- Solar panels. Get them. Not only do many states offer tax cuts if you have your own solar panels, you’re also saving the environment and cutting back carbon emissions. You can even make a profit by selling the power you generate with the panels and don’t use to your town.
- Carpool or use public transport. This will cut back your individual carbon footprint and reduce the burning of fossil fuels. By carpooling just twice a week, 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases can be kept out of the air each year. Walk when you can.
- Stop eating red meat! In the United States in 2014, carbon emission from animal agriculture was 18% of the total carbon emissions of the country, less than the 13% of the transportation sector. Of that 18%, two thirds of the carbon released was from cattle farming. Even if you cannot stop eating meat entirely, cut back on how much beef you purchase!
- Make sure your house is insulated and sealed so that during the winter, you use less oil or gas fueling your home, and vice versa during the summer. Open your windows instead to keep cool!
- Eat locally grown and produced food. This way, not only will you be supporting local business but also saving the environment. The transportation of food from one area to another, whether it be by plane or truck, emits vast amounts of carbon
- Stop shopping fast fashion.
- Drive more efficiently. Speeding and driving recklessly not only endangers everyone on the road, but also wastes about 30% of your mileage.
- Call your senators and representatives. Ask them why they aren’t doing anything to create legislation to combat climate change. Ask them why it seems like science simply doesn’t matter to the federal government. Ask them why they are destroying the planet that their children and grandchildren are going to have to live on.
These are just a FEW tips. There are many more things you, as an individual can do. Unfortunately, without the support of the federal United States government, we are severely limited in what we can do. But do not give up hope, and keep fighting. Resist.