Things you should do right now for climate change

Regardless of whether or not you think the climate change is a hoax, you cannot deny that there are some serious, and pretty permanent, changes happening to the natural environment of the Earth in terms of its climate.

Did you know that a new geological era called Anthropocene, technically a human dominated era, has begun since 1950? It is said to take over the 12,000 year old era of stable climate called Holocene, where most of the human civilization was developed.

Did you know that from 1970 to 2010, there has been a 52% decrease in the animal population and that it is estimated to drop down to 67% by the end of 2020? This means that humans have led to the decrease of two-thirds of animal population in the world within a mere span of 40 years.

Did you know that the most significant contributor to climate change is the food we consume? Clearing, burning and plowing of land previously covered by forests has led to emission of more than 24% greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It is more than that emitted by air planes, cars and industries combined.

Did you know that you too are contributing to the climate change, rising sea levels and extreme climatic conditions around the globe? You are doing this by staying home and not doing anything to decrease your impact on the climate change; by not adopting these tips that will help to decrease the changing effect on climate.

Here are things you should do right now for climate change:

Be a green computer user

Get yourself a laptop instead of a desktop. If you do need to get a desktop, buy one with an LCD screen. Using a laptop consumes five times less energy than a desktop. Use the power management function and better yet, the speedstep power management function, if available. A screensaver does not save energy and switching the computer does extend its life, contrary to popular belief. Use inkjet printers instead of laser ones and make sure to print on both sides of the paper to save half the trees that go into making a sheet of paper.

Change your lights and electronics

Replace your home’s incandescent lighting with compact fluorescents (CFLs). CFLs use four times less energy while running eight times longer. So you save money on energy as well as on bulbs while helping the climate at the same time. Using efficient appliances will save ten times more energy and most efficient appliances are high quality branded ones, which also last longer.

Drive less

While you might be in a habit of using your car to run the grocery 4 minutes down the lane, your laziness is harming the planet. In a survey, it was found that using a bicycle releases 21 grams of carbon into the air as opposed to 271 grams for a personal ride and 101 grams for a public vehicle. This means that you can immediately contribute to climate change by riding a bike to school or office. Better yet, walk and reduce all carbon emissions that you produce by commuting.

Check your tyres

If you wish to drive none the less, you should definitely check your tyres. Make sure that you have your tyres inflated properly to increase the efficiency of your fuel. Every litre of fuel saved helps to keep 2.5 kg of carbons from being released into the air.

Use less water

Don’t shower or use a bath tub just because you have running water available. Use a bucket while bathing and a mug for other washing purposes such as brushing so that you reduce your water consumption. Using a bucket or mug helps in measuring the amount of water and reduces the intake. Try to harvest rainwater and use solar run heating appliances for hot water.

Plant trees

Plant as many trees as you can plant. Make a personal goal of planting a number of trees per year and stick to it. A single tree absorbs over a ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime and you can help the cause by planting more trees.

Use reusable bags

The most common source of plastic pollution is plastic shopping bags. Get yourself a reusable green bag and take it with you every time you go grocery shopping. This is the least you should do if you are worried about the increasing pollution of the atmosphere; keep plastics out of the system.

Remember to turn your electronics off

A simple tip mentioned in every science book as a measure of carbon emission control is to turn off the lights. It is true that turning the lights, electronic appliances, TV, music system, fans, etc. can help to keep the carbon out of the air in tons by the year.

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