Combat Climate Change
What is Climate Change
Whilst climate change falls under many areas, including Conserve and Protect our Natural Environment, thought it deserves its own category and focus, as there is much we can do at individual level to help contribute in reducing climate change.
Climate change is the long term change in the average weather patterns across earth, which over the 20th century the globe’s increase in climate temperature and weather patterns are primarily driven by human activities. Such human activities include burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas to produce electricity), which produce carbon emissions. These carbon emissions (i.e. greenhouse gas emissions), made up predominantly by Carbon Dioxide CO2, along with Methane CH4 and Nitrous Oxide N2O, release gases into the atmosphere during transportation, electricity production, industry/manufacturing, agriculture, and forestry. These emissions trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, raising the planet’s average surface temperature, hence a major contributor to climate change.
Every person contributes to the world’s carbon emissions
Some people contribute more than others depending on where they live or their living behaviours and personal circumstances. Most people are unaware of how they contribute to climate change, and are not sure how they can positively impact the combat of climate change.
Mother Nature no longer completely controls the weather, we humans now contribute to our weather conditions and patterns.
How can I Help?
The first step of reducing climate change is to
understand your carbon footprint
To guide people on their impact and learn of your current carbon emissions, there are many tools and calculators to use to determine your contribution. The global average carbon emissions per person is 4.8 tonnes (based on 2017 data). How do you compare?
Once you are more aware of your contribution to global emissions, then the next stage is to
make conscious efforts to combat it
It may require changes in your living standards, how you travel or how you eat. Yet the planet is relying on these positive changes to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
It could mean more planning up front for your trip, choosing an alternative transportation method, even though it will mean your trip is longer in time. It could mean cutting out the fast food chain in the cities you rely on, instead looking for a local cafe to grab a bite.
Once you open your mind and gain awareness to your carbon emissions generated, then the journey begins to live a sustainable future, for your life now and your future generations who want to travel just like you.
Being more conscious of your trips, how long you travel for, the modes of transportation you take, how often you travel and overall how you can travel with more awareness to ensure a sustainable and healthy planet.