If you saw last week’s post, then you know that we talked about the ever growing problem of Climate Change. If you haven’t seen it, then you can check it out here:https://workingtosave.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/the-problem-part-1/. Anyway, this week’s post is focused on the possible solutions to Climate Change. Now that we recognize the problem, how can we fix it?
Well it’s easier than you think. Simple changes to our lifestyles and how we consume items can lead to a drastic change in the amount of greenhouse gasses produced throughout the world. I used to think that these solutions could only be achieved through a large business making a change, that someone higher up would have to make a change before I did. This is not the case, and in fact, the truth is the exact opposite. If we as the consumer start to make changes to which products we buy and how we use them, it can change how much big corporations pollute. By choosing to buy more eco-friendly products, such as foods that are not individually wrapped in plastic, it can force the hand of those who run the companies that make them. After all, we are the ones supporting these companies. Next time you head to a super-market to pick up groceries or necessary foods, consider this: If you purchase a certain company’s product, you say that you approve the product, no matter how it was made. By buying a product from a company that pollutes more than it should, you are saying that you support the means that company took to make your product. Always look for the more eco-friendly and healthy option when you are choosing which foods to buy.
Another simple solution to climate change comes through the way we use our devices. Many of them continue to use energy even when off, if not unplugged. So, instead of just turning off the computer or TV, make sure they are unplugged from any outlet. This can reduce the amount of energy we use drastically, and in turn, the amount of greenhouse gasses produced. This also applies to leaving lights, air conditioning, or fans on. If you don’t need them, turn them off! Many times we forget just how long we can leave on a light or device. By consciously thinking about when we need them, the time spent consuming energy is drastically reduced. And here’s and added benefit: by cutting down on how much you use electronics, it can save you money too! Using less electricity means a lower bill each month. With saving money and saving the world, there is no reason not to cut down on the amount of electricity we use.
There are two final solutions that would help with climate change, but it would require more work from everybody. The first of these is putting a limit on how many children you have in a family. This one is a little more controversial, but could really help in the long run. Some countries have already put limits on how many children you can have in a family, and in my opinion this is a step in the right direction. By only having one or two children to each family, we can not only reduce climate, but also decrease the ever growing human population. It may sound morbid, but with less people in the world, there are less people to use electricity. In turn, less electricity and production of artificial food products means less greenhouse gasses emitted.
The last solution I will talk about in this post is about electric cars.The amount of pollution created by motor-vehicles is astronomical. Almost everybody uses cars to get where they need to go. However, there are more economically-friendly alternatives to using cars, and there are even solutions if you NEED to use a car. The first option is fairly obvious. Walking or biking to somewhere you have to go is a much more eco-friendly alternative to driving. You don’t use any energy or pollute, and in turn I feel you can appreciate nature more. However, it also takes longer, and is not practical if you need to travel very long distances. So what if you need to use a car? Well, there are two possible solutions. First, you can invest in an eco friendly or electric car. These cars usually end up lasting longer, and if they are efficient, they can pollute less as well. However, electric cars aren’t optimal, as the energy needed to power the car has to be produced, and that also creates greenhouse gasses. A better solution to this problem is to carpool. If you and a friend need to get to the same place, take one car instead of two. This halves the amount of pollution you produce, and if you switch off regularly, can make both of your cars last longer.
In conclusion, simple changes to your lifestyle, if adopted by everyone, can make a huge change in the direction our Earth is heading. Please take these options into consideration when making a choice that could potentially effect the environment, even if it isn’t on a large scale. If you’d like to learn more about possible solutions to climate change, make sure to check out this blog: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/10-solutions-for-climate-change/. If you enjoyed this article and what I do, make sure to follow me for weekly posts about the environment. Thanks for reading!