Climate change is the biggest issue of our times and the scientific evidence to support it is overwhelming. The title of Leonardo di Caprio’s recent documentary about climate change is indicative of our current situation: Before the Flood.
Even if this issue might feel too big to tackle individually, there are a number of small things we can do in our daily lives that would make a significant contribution.
Here are some really high impact changes that almost everybody can do:
1. Eating less beef
This is number one! Livestock emissions make up anywhere between 14.5 and 18 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Comparably, the transportation sector is responsible for around 14 percent of emissions. By those numbers alone, our current system of meat production is extremely damaging. Perhaps more dangerous, however, is that while transportation creates CO2, the beef industry is hugely responsible for producing methane, which is 23 times more potent when it comes to warming the planet. Switching from beef to chicken is a good way to go.
2. Using fewer palm oil products
One of the lesser known reasons for climate change is the production of palm oil. When tropical forests are cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas that is the leading cause of global warming; tropical deforestation accounts for about 10 percent of total global warming emissions. It’s time to check the label!
Some examples of brands we buy a lot, whose products contain palm oil: Colgate, Gilette, Dove, Pringles, Mars, Palmolive, and many more.
3. Planting trees
Entire forests are disappearing, so every tree planted is a huge deal. Join volunteer groups and/or donate to organizations like One Tree Planted and have them plant it for you.
4. Getting an eco-friendly car!
If you can afford it, contemplate buying a car like Tesla, whose sole purpose is to put gas consuming cars out of business. With the giga-factories they build all over the world, their prices will soon be low enough for more and more people to be able to afford them. Other than that, most car manufacturers already have electric and hybrid models to pick from.
Giving time, money or things to organizations fighting climate change is one of the biggest ways we can help. Some examples of NGOs doing cool stuff:
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