Climate change is a global problem and yet each one of us has the power to make a difference. Even small changes in our daily behaviour can help prevent greenhouse gas emissions without affecting our quality of life.
So, what can you do to combat climate change?
Learning about the environment is very important. There are many good books that will help you learn. To get started, ask a teacher or a librarian for some suggestions. You also can look at the links page to find good web sites with information about the environment and climate change.
2. Talk to your family and friends
Talk to your family and friends about climate change. Let them know what you have learned.
3. Save electricity
Turn off lights, televisions and computers when you are not using them. This will reduce green house gases emissions into the air. Better rely on natural lighting and leave classroom windows open.
4. Bike, bus and walk
You can save energy by sometimes taking the bus, riding a bike, or walking to school. It can reduce pollutants emitted from motor vehicles.
Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags and newspapers. When you recycle, you send less trash to the landfill and you help save natural resources, like trees, oil and aluminium. Products made from recycled paper, glass, metal and plastic reduce carbon emissions because they use less energy to manufacture than products made from completely new materials. Recycling paper also saves trees and by saving them, climate change can be reduced naturally as trees remove carbon from the atmosphere in the forest.
6. Plant trees
Planting trees is fun and a great way to reduce greenhouse gases. Trees absorb carbon dioxide; a greenhouse gas, from the air and use it as their energy source, producing oxygen for us to breathe. Trees store carbon and help to combat climate change.
7. Use rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable batteries can be recharged many times for using, while single-use batteries are “once and done”. You also can switch to solar powered calculators.
8. Act globally, eat locally
If you shop at a supermarket, the food you buy may travel in a plane from the other side of the world, burning fossil fuels the entire trip. Shop at local farmers’ markets and you will find fresh and healthy food and help save our climate. You may bring your own food to school as it is healthier, cost saving and cleanliness is ensured.
9. Join global or local campaigns
There are a lot of agencies that conduct campaigns towards preventing climate change. You can helps the agencies by joining the campaigns. Ask your friends and family to do so.