As I write this article, we are halfway through the COB 26 climate change conference in Glasgow, and the metronome clock in New York reads: 7 years, 84 days until the Earth experiences something irreversible. “Time 34 minutes 11 seconds” is displayed. Damage caused by global warming. It’s time for all of us to take action, and we all have something to do now.
Of course, the biggest efforts in the fight against climate change will have to take place at the government level, but there are things we can all do to reduce the impact and help fight climate change. The good news is that taking action doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.
Here are nine ways you can start protecting the environment today.
Please travel responsibly. The transport sector is one of the most polluting sectors in the world. Reduce your impact on the environment by walking or cycling instead of driving, choosing trains instead of planes, and vacationing closer to home. Since working from home has become easier than ever, we rarely travel anywhere for business (especially on planes).
Vote and advocate. Vote for people who represent your values and put the environment first. Call or write a letter to hold your local and national politicians accountable. Attend your constituency meetings and speak out on social media about important issues.
Stay informed. Staying up to date with the latest news on the state of the natural world gives you the information you need to have important conversations with friends and family.
Eat less meat. As a family, we now eat vegetarian and vegan food more often than we eat meat. And even for those of us who eat meat, you can find veggie burgers and other alternative proteins everywhere these days. And they come closer to the taste and texture of meat than ever before, and some are even better.
Please watch your wallet. Check out the brands you buy and find out how their products are sourced. If you want us to make a change, send us an email or use social media to make sure we understand exactly what you’re looking for.
Sign up for your utility company’s green pricing program. Some power companies allow homes and businesses to choose electricity from clean sources. Check with your local energy provider to find out if this is available for your home or office.
Reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Install smart thermostats, buy efficient appliances, consider heat pumps, and ensure proper insulation.
move to green bank. Choose a bank that reflects your values and makes the types of investments you agree with. Opting out of funds that invest in fossil fuels or socially irresponsible companies.
Reduce consumption and waste. Reduce your use of single-use plastics and buy less ‘fast fashion’. Buy second-hand when possible, avoid food waste, and repair household items rather than replacing them. One very simple thing our family has done is cut out the shower gels and shampoos that come in plastic bottles. I use soap or shampoo bars instead.