Six everyday habits that can help combat climate change

“If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things.”

Pete Seeger

“This is not just a forest that is burning,” said Rosana Villar of Greenpeace, who helped CNN arrange its flight over the damaged and burning areas. “This is almost a cemetery. Because all you can see is death.”

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Climate change is a reality

Whether you are a tea farmer or a homeowner, climate change will have a significant impact on your life, and vice-versa. Our actions will also influence this change, either for the better or for the worse. Searing heat, raging storms, ferocious fires, punishing floods, and extinction of some plant and animal species are already happening all over the world. Given the gravity of the problem, scientists have extensively evaluated the natural factors contributing to climate change and have undoubtedly suggested humans as the culprits.

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Walk on the road towards transition

Now, the question is what can we do as an individual to curb the exponential rise in climate change anticipated in the coming decades? Here is a simple yet impactful guide that you can integrate into your daily routine to make a difference.

Reduce meat intake

Reduce your meat intake and shift your diet towards increase fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You don’t have to be a vegan and quit meat entirely. If you just make some diet adjustments and become a flexitarian, you can help the world move towards sustainability. Also, try and eat food that is local and seasonal, and avoid eating packed foods.

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Save energy

  • Ditch traditional light bulbs in favour of LEDs as they last longer and may use up to 80% less energy.
  • Adjust the washing machine settings to get cold or warm water as heating water consumes a lot of energy.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. It will not only help in saving energy but also provide a benefit of a cheaper electricity bill.
  • Unplug TVs and computers when not in use.

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Be water smart

You can do your bit by:

  • Taking shorter showers
  • Purchasing water-efficient fixtures
  • Washing clothes in a machine when it is fully loaded.

Go car-free!

Be kind to the Mother Earth and save a few bucks – A win-win! You can chip in by:

  • Car-pooling
  • Walking wherever you can
  • Riding a bicycle
  • Taking public transit.

Turn away the plastic tide

Make a change by leading a plastic-free revolution. Start by carrying reusable bags to the grocery store or keeping one water bottle for yourself instead of buying one every time you go out.

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Spread the word: collective action matters

Social scientists have disclosed that people are likely to be influenced by the actions of others. For instance, when one person takes an environmental-oriented decision, like conserving energy, others tend to follow.

Think globally, act locally.

 

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