by Joe Rees
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.
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:
- City bus
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.
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.
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
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.