Having heard the news that the United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, you probably felt angry, disillusioned and helpless. It is a natural response, but ultimately the battle to prevent climate change does not stop with the actions of one person. We all have a role to play in preventing the catastrophic climate change that threatens the very existence of human life on Earth. So, what can you do to turn that passion into meaningful action? Here are just a few things that you can do:
Think about your consumption
1. Eat less beef
Beef results in 5 times more climate-warming emissions, requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water to produce than pork or chicken (source: The Guardian). We’re not saying that you can’t enjoy the occasional beef burger, but just reducing the amount of beef you consume by half can make a real difference.
2. Think about where your food comes from
When you’re next doing your food shopping, have a look at the country of origin when you’re considering what you buy. You’ll probably find that you can choose between apples grown in Britain or those produced on the other side of the world. If we all start to buy more locally, we can ensure that local produce is stocked in our supermarkets.
3. Be conscious of your behaviour
The next time you’re thinking of driving your car, considering whether you can be bothered to recycle that milk carton, or are contemplating turning your heating on, consider the environmental impact it will have before you do. Not only could you reduce your carbon footprint by changing your behaviour, but you can also save yourself some money!
Donate, campaign and fundraise for charities that are fighting to change policy and are seeking solutions to environmental issues. Here are some of the great organisations that you can support.
Friends of the Earth focus so much of their campaigning on the issue of climate changing. Donate today to help them continue and grow their activity, so they can hold world leaders to account.
Join 350, a global movement that aims to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of climate change. Send a message to Trump by signing this petition or even create or join a local campaign movement in your area.
Whether you’re into baking, running, cycling or swimming, the World Wildlife Fund have so many ways for you to raise money to fund their work to preserve the natural environment.
7. Create an event
Between 1-9 July the Climate Change Coalition are giving you the opportunity to organise an event in your local area and speak up to protect the things that you love from climate Change. Get creative and raise awareness in your area.
Pressure your politicians
There has been an incredibly unified response from leaders across the world in support of the Paris Climate Agreement since Trump’s announcement. However, this will only continue if we demand it from our politicians, so it’s time to keep up the pressure. Make this the first thing your MP hears about when they take office after the general election. Here is how you can do it:
8. Write to your MP
Ok, so it seems old fashioned and most of us never do it, but writing a short, personal letter to an MP can really make a difference. It shows what the people they represent really want. Here’s a great guide from RESULTS UK on how to write to your MP.
9. Go and speak to your MP
Following the general election, make the case in person by going to your MP’s surgeries. You’ll find all the details of how when and where you can speak to your MP here.
10. Become an MP
With this election soon to be completed, there’s no better time to get preparing for your own campaign for the next one! Here’s what you need to know about standing for an election. If you want your voice heard, there’s no better way than to be making the case directly. Go for it!
Climate change is too important of an issue for us not to act. We must not let the actions of one man make us despair at the enormity of the task ahead of us – we must use it to unify us in this common cause. If each of us just takes a few of these actions, we can make a real difference.
We are the last generation that can prevent catastrophic climate change. As a consequence, we will be judged, and we will ultimately judge ourselves, on whether we grasp this opportunity before it’s too late.
James Sancto, Co-Founder & CEO, We Make Change
At We Make Change our mission is to give you the power to change the world. Find out more here.