Earth has been struggling for a long time but recently it has become clear that if changes are not made, our planet may not survive. Activists such as Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old who is working to combat climate change, are people who are really making a difference. But, you can make a difference, too! By doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint and be more eco-friendly, you can help save the planet and preserve it for thousands of years to come.
An easy way to get involved in combating climate change can be by simply making your commute a bit more green. By taking the subway or biking to work instead of driving your car, you could drastically reduce your emissions. If either of those isn’t an option for you, then switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle could help you make a difference as well.
Change Your Diet
The agriculture industry contributes to 42% of the United States’ yearly emissions, according to an article by The New York Times. Two-thirds of these emissions are byproducts of cows, buffaloes, and sheep, meaning that animal agriculture is a major contributor to America’s footprint. You can help decrease this by reducing the amount of meat you consume while not going completely vegetarian. Becoming a “flexitarian” might be the best choice for you since you can reduce your meat intake overall while still enjoying it sometimes.
Rather than purchasing produce from your local grocery store, head over to a farmer’s market and stock up on organic fruits and veggies. When buying groceries from stores, all the products have “food miles” since they have traveled a greater distance than locally grown foods. This results in that store bought apple grown across the country having a higher footprint and the apple you bought from the orchard a few miles away.
Rather than leaving the tap on when brushing your teeth, turn it off to do your part. By reducing the amount of water wasted, less water needs to be filtered and transported. You can also help by taking shorter showers, avoiding soaps with toxins, and only watering your lawn when it needs it. These small, simple changes may not seem like much but will make a huge difference in the long run.
Call Your Reps!
Send a letter or make a call to your state’s representatives to make change happen. By alerting your government that you are a climate change activist that wants the United States to reduce its carbon footprint, you can make a big difference. Along with this, make sure to keep up with politics and vote for people that support this cause. Voting is the best way to make long-lasting change and send a message to the government that climate change is an issue American needs to tackle head-on.
From eating less meat to buying local, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help combat climate change. These small changes may not seem like much but in reality, they can help you do your part to save the planet.