For many readers, it doesn’t come off as news that all countries, particularly Africa, are and will be affected by climate change. There are many reasons for that, including continuous human activity that damages the earth and its atmosphere, greenhouse gases, increased surface temperatures, etc.
Simply put, climate change is widespread everywhere, and it would mean a lot to put words into action and start fighting climate change. There are ways for people to contribute to the fight against climate change, but the process is challenging and it requires the whole community to participate.
This article will go through some fundamental ways that can assist in battling this malicious global phenomenon:
Use Energy Wisely
We are all aware of the impact of carelessly using energy, so we need to find ways to stop polluting our environment.
We can do so by taking the following small steps:
- Unplug your electronic devices when you are not using them (TV, computer, washing machine, hair straightener, and so on);
- Wash laundry in cold water to save on electricity and dry it outside when you can;
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs;
- Change your gas stove for an electronic one — the pollution will be lower.
Aside from these tips, there are many others you can follow to use energy in your house wisely. Think of switching to 100% green-powered sources, such as solar power, wind power, and others. Whatever you can think of that falls into this domain of using energy smartly will significantly help the fight against climate change.
Change Your Diet
If you weren’t aware of the fact that your diet has an impact on climate change, you should read more about it. For example, meat and dairy products are responsible for more than 12% of greenhouse gas emissions. You can easily make the switch to a healthier alternative and help both the climate and local farmers.
For instance, climate change in Namibia is felt strongly since many farmers depend on rain to grow their crops. The temperature of the surface is overheating in this already predominantly hot country, making it impossible for any crops to succeed. Think about changing your eating habits to help fight this global issue.
Share What You Can
You are probably familiar with the expression sharing is caring. This saying is particularly applicable when talking about climate change. If people collectively managed to produce and use fewer products (especially those made from plastic), the world would save on resources.
By sharing, exchanging, and borrowing things such as tools and clothes, we can significantly decrease our use of energy and materials, which ultimately helps release less gas into our air.
Moreover, think about switching up your regular car commute. If possible, commute to work with one or two of your colleagues or try the bus or train. Even better, opt for a walk or bike ride. Whichever option you go for, it will significantly help reduce pollution and support the fight against climate change worldwide. Even though it seems impossible, one person can make a difference.