Global warming: What can I do about it?
Check out these ten things that you can change in your daily life that will contribute to combat global warming and help save our planet.
The unrestrained increase in greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. With a life standard increasingly linked to the emission of pollutants, humanity puts the planet and the next generations at risk.
According to the Climate Observatory, in 2019, Brazil saw a 9.6% increase in net greenhouse gas emissions, although there was only a 1.1% increase in GDP (Gross Domestic Product); there was low economic growth and high levels of pollution.
The change we want to see depends on each one of us. We have listed ten simple things that you can change in your daily life that will contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and, consequently, to the reduction of global warming.
1 – REDUCE YOUR ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
The production of electric energy is one of the main sources of carbon dioxide emissions. Although we have many options for clean energy (as we have discussed in this blog post), a good part of electricity production still emits a large amount of greenhouse gases.
These small actions can reduce the consumption of electric energy: turning off the lights when leaving a room; disconnecting electronic devices from outlets when not in use; observing efficiency labels when purchasing electronics, prioritizing those with lower consumption.
2 – LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME
Going to work in a gas-powered car is harmful to the planet, due to the large emissions of CO2. Using public transportation, walking, carpooling and using a bike can help save the planet.
3 – CHANGE YOUR EATING HABITS
Livestock is a major contributor to the emissions of greenhouse gases, so, if possible, reduce meat consumption. Also avoid processed foods (like chips and sodas) and give preference to locally grown products or create your own organic garden. Remember that the emission of pollutants involves the entire life cycle of the product.
4 – PAY ATTENTION WHEN BUYING FURNITURE AND WOODEN OBJECTS
Always check if the wood is certified; this guarantees that it was handled correctly and not illegally extracted from forests. Depending on your location, there are different documents to certify the compliance of the wood your furniture was made with.
5 – IMPROVE YOUR CONSUMPTION: AVOID WASTE AND OVERCONSUMPTION
Our consumption patterns are largely based on advertising and on the consumption of products that often are superfluous. It’s important avoid wasting food and to give preference to products with high durability. A simple tip is to never buy clothes that won’t be used frequently.
Always read the labels and search for the origin of the product, in addition to researching the production process.
6 – REDUCE YOUR PAPERWORK
When printing, use the front and back of sheets, opt for digital accounts and refuse any and all useless paper such as physical invoices, payment receipts and paper bills.
7 – RECYCLE
Whenever possible, reuse packaging and objects. Set aside plastic bags and always aim to use reusable bags. If possible, give preference to recycled products.
8 – FIGHT FOR PUBLIC POLICY
It is necessary to push government officials toward public policies that consider reducing greenhouse gas emissions. From the national level, like ensuring adherence to international climate agreements (such as the Paris Agreement) to local measures, such as the construction of sanitary landfills and selective garbage collection throughout your city. The existence of open-air dumps and the irregular burning of waste are still responsible for a large amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
9 – TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARBAGE
As we said earlier, the correct treatment of waste is fundamental for planet survival. Separate organic and recyclable waste and dispose correctly differentiated items, such as batteries.
10 – BUY CARBON CREDITS
One of the ways you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions is by buying carbon credits. Each carbon credit means that a ton of carbon equivalent is no longer emitted into the atmosphere, because these credits come from forest conservation projects that can offset tons of carbon dioxide.
Do you want to read more about how to buy these credits? Click here to learn more about it and see the step by step guide on how to buy them.
These are simple attitudes that we can take today, but they will help us guarantee the health of our planet for future generations. We can (and should) create a better world for ourselves, for the environment and for our children and grandchildren.