Climate change has been quite high on the news agenda across the world in recent times. Recently, there has been much said as governments everywhere look at ways to improve their commitments to reducing the devastating impact our actions over the centuries have had on the world.
There is a wide-ranging debate about where the responsibility for fixing the problem lies. Governments lay the infrastructure and legislate and have the most significant burden of responsibility. But then business and industry produces so much waste and generates emissions through production and shipping of products.
How much of this is their fault for getting greedy? While others argue it out, however, we should all as individuals be owning up to our previous actions that have caused damage. And once we’ve acknowledged that as consumers, we have contributed by creating demands, as well as being personally wasteful, then we can start changing our ways.
Here are three critical areas of your life that you could look at considering more in order to help turn the tide of the climate crisis.
Become Less Wasteful
We live in a throwaway culture. Everything that we buy is designed to be disposed of eventually so that we buy replacements. It’s a central element of the capitalist model. But all of this leads to a far more excessive level of waste. Slowing down the rate that we replace things within our lives is key to reducing this waste.
If you have a broken electrical item, for example, don’t just throw it away and buy a new one. Look at getting an appliance repair engineer to get it fixed. Not only will it save you money, but it will also be doing a tiny thing that will help the environment. If everyone does these little acts, they will build up. We all need to look for ways to reuse items in our daily lives.
Look at buying food that does not come wrapped in lots of packaging. And only buy what you will need too. The amount of uneaten food that gets disposed of has a wide range of impacts on the environment.
Switch Energy Provider
One of the biggest polluters is the energy industry. Many companies still burn coal to produce electricity, while also using mining for gas. There are, however, a large number of companies that will provide you with 100% renewable energy. The more people that shift to companies that offer this cleaner product, the sooner fossil fuels will be scrapped entirely.
If you’re buying a new car at any point in the future, make sure it has very low emissions. Look at getting a vehicle with a smaller engine, or even an electric, or hybrid model.
Thank about car sharing as much as possible. The fewer cars there are on the roads, the better. Not only does it save you money, but it will also help to reduce your impact on the environment.
Think about how you drive too. Using a more efficient style of driving will lead to smaller emissions.