Fight Climate Anxiety with Eco-Friendly Initiatives

by Joe Rees

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Please enjoy this timely article by Joe Rees, founder of catastrophes.info, providing lots of detailed information on being prepared for most any kind of climate disaster. Joe’s website is jammed pack with tons of handy information necessary should catastrophe hit. So check it out now and be prepared. Don’t wait until the storm is upon you. Thanks, Joe. You are a true public servant.

Climate change poses a real threat with shrinking ice caps and frequent natural disasters. It’s no wonder that according to studies, 45% of people between 16 and 25 experience adverse mental health effects because of it. However, it’s not all bad news. By changing your lifestyle and taking a stand, you can fight against climate change. Here are some ideas:

Set a Corporate Example

Business owners can take the lead with environmentally friendly products. A premade marketing strategy template can help visualize your go-to-market strategy. This way, your small companies can successfully market its wares, streamlining launching. The process can be more complicated than many business owners anticipate, but a template ensures you don’t miss any steps.

Vote With Your Wallet

When you support green businesses, you signal that corporate waste is unacceptable. However, identifying eco-friendly companies is easier said than done, as some enterprises “green-wash.” Research a brand to determine if it’s actually sustainable before spending money.

Dublin transport © pam lazos

Rethink Transportation

Emissions from transportation contribute to global warming, but some forms are more wasteful than others. For example, flying consumes a great deal of fuel. To limit your carbon footprint, consider the following alternative transportation options:

  • Carpool
  • City bus
  • Trolley
  • Train
  • Subway
  • Bike

Make Changes at Home

You don’t have to live off the grid to make a difference — small, cumulative changes can also fight climate change:

  • Avoid one-use items
  • Don’t buy petroleum-based products
  • Don’t litter
  • Use LED light bulbs

Upgrading major appliances to Energy Star-approved models is another get step. You can also reduce your energy usage with the following good habits:

  • Use cold water to wash clothes
  • Take five-minute showers
  • Turn off the AC when you leave the house

Alter Your Diet

Beef production generates a significant portion of emissions, so cutting down on consumption can make a big difference. Limiting your dairy and other meat purchases also helps.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling reduces the need for fresh materials, preserving natural resources. Of course, not everything can be recycled, so you need to check which items your local processing center accepts.

You can also reduce your waste by only buying what you need. Look for products made from recycled materials and designed for repeated use.

Support Tree-Planting Initiatives

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, so reforestation efforts are essential in fighting climate change. However, not all tree-planting initiatives are created equal. Before volunteering or donating, make sure the organization also cares for saplings as they grow.

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Skip Fast Fashion

The fashion industry consumes a huge amount of water, and fast fashion is notorious for its waste. Avoid this pitfall by wearing clothes for as long as possible and shopping second-hand when you can.

Get Educated

Staying updated with the latest scientific data is just as essential as recycling. Sustainability research constantly uncovers new ways to fight climate change and identifies problematic practices. Reading the news and tracking sustainable initiatives can help you avoid potential pitfalls.

Make Your Voice Heard

National and local governments have the power to crack down on emissions and promote green energy. To encourage these moves, vote in every election and support candidates who protect the environment.

Take Care of Yourself

While working to save the planet, don’t forget to take care of yourself. When you start feeling overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, care for yourself with these simple activities:

  • Connect with loved ones
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Stretch

Battling climate change is a daily struggle, but individuals can make a real difference by changing their behavior. If the effects of global warming make you anxious, join in the fight to safeguard the future.

“Developed by Joe Rees, Catastrophes.info seeks to be your shelter in the coming storms. It is a go-to resource on how to protect you and your family as natural disasters grow in intensity and level of destruction.”

About Pam Lazos

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22 Responses to Fight Climate Anxiety with Eco-Friendly Initiatives

  1. Resa says:

    All great tips.
    I partake of all to a high degree.
    I could exercise more!
    Don’t own a car.
    Hate planes. Haven’t been on one for about 7 years, since mom passed.
    Been a veggie most of my life, since 17.
    Still, there must be more.
    I can’t afford to do a major overhaul of my home, including solar panels. That’s on my wish/to do list.
    Thank you Joe Rees!
    We should all care!
    Pam, thank you for featuring Joe!!!

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  2. Priti says:

    Beautiful article with lots of information thanks for sharing 😊👍

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  3. Ally Bean says:

    Good information. I didn’t know the term ‘green-wash’ but I have wondered about if that was happening. I am smiling at the suggestion to turn down your AC when you leave the house. I don’t know that I’ve ever not done that, climate crisis or not.

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  4. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Pam so much – I’ll definitely check out Joe’s blog but thanks for a lovely summary of it and happy to say I do my bit as much as possible xx 🙂

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  5. I do a few of these, but the anxiety and the feeling of powerlessness is real.

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      I hear you, Damyanti. It’s difficult to sit by and watch it all fall to crap, but the little things we do as individuals, while contributing to the whole, are not as important as what countries can do to shift the needle by passing comprehensive laws.

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  6. Linda Schaub says:

    Very informative tips here from Joe – thanks for passing them along Pam. I do a lot of these suggestions, except since I work from home, my heat/AC is not lowered during the day, but other than that, I’m good. I really like your picture up top – Spring never looked better!

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  7. Hi Pam. It’s such a daunting situation. I’m anything but an expert. But it seems that a very high percentage of electricity worldwide needs to be generated via wind or water or solar very soon. But there’s not much reason to think it will happen. I hope I’m wrong.

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  8. Great article, Pam. Thanks for sharing Joe‘s wisdom with us. It was heartening to see that I’m doing pretty well in some areas and to be reminded of where I can do better. I think climate change is the most critical issue facing the world today, but I fear it is too often obscured by war, pandemic, and social injustice, which may seem more immediate. They are ALL critical issues and I hope we can do a better job of addressing each and every one of them. Thanks for keeping environmental issues in the spotlight.

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  9. Pam, thanks for sharing Joe Rees’ article and the link to his website. With climate catastrophe already upon us, we have to be prepared to handle the fallout. I’ve just finished reading Deep Adaptation: Navigating the Realities of Climate Chaos Edited by Jem Bendell & Rupert Read (USA 2021). On March 6, I posted an overview of Part I, “Climate Chaos: Humanity’s Predicament,” and will post Part II this Sunday, April 10. They argue that we’ve got to make far deeper changes and adaptation than those recommended by Joe Rees, if we are to avoid the probability of societal collapse in your lifetime and mine. Change and adaptation must begin with each one of us. My reflections on my evolving identity is my first step in understanding who I am as a human in the modern world that we have created. Deep changes call upon us to question our deep beliefs.

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      It’s a scary and true thought, Rose and I worry mostly for my kids and the crappy world we’ll be leaving them if we don’t do something now. But that something is beyond you and me. Countries need to make sea changes in adaptive thinking if we are to survive, rather than kick the can down the road for another day. It’s pretty demoralizing when you look at what we’re up against.

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  10. Another excellent guest post my lady xxxxxxxxx

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