Scientists have recently figured out that more than 100 species are going extinct every year. Bees are expected to die out, which will cause a huge setback for plant life. This causes legitimate concerns since it points to the fact that we are now entering the 6th phase of mass extinction. The last phase happened about 65 millions of years ago when a meteor strike wiped out the dinosaurs. This time, human activities have numbed the environment and caused a huge predicament in matters of climate change.
Over the years we have seen non-biodegradable waste build up in the environment. Our unstoppable addiction to oil has led to major crisis, like oils leaks in oceans. These events have caused a huge damage to ocean life, and that has indirectly affected human lives. Our environment is very fragile because it depends on a number of factors to balance itself. If one element slips out of place, there will be a domino effect which will topple the whole natural hierarchy and end life as we know it. To stop such a butterfly effect from taking place, we need to immediately sit up and take notice.
However scientists say that hope is not lost. We still have a window of opportunity to reverse the climate change. Here are 40 solutions that can make it happen:
- Eliminate subsidies for carbon fuel energy that causes air pollution and creates the greenhouse effect on Earth. This basically implies cutting ties with fuel, coal and natural gas. This will put an overall demand on the need for clean energy that can power up our resources and not cause any more damage to the climate conditions of the Earth.
- Raise awareness about the dangers of geo-engineering. David Keith is a geo-engineer who has made an outrageous proposal of spraying nanoparticles of Aluminium, Barium and Sulphide in the upper stratosphere in order to reduce the amount of light that our Earth’s surface receives. But these elements sink down to the lower atmosphere and affect the soil, water and eventually human lives. Also, this method is concerning because it can trigger a change in the climatic conditions which will be beyond out control.
- Stop deforestation. Cutting down trees causes more carbon dioxide to build up, and since trees take in Carbon dioxide in the air and turn it into oxygen, they are extremely necessary in preserving a balance in our atmosphere.
- Reduce the subsidies given to agricultural farms that run on carbon fuel. The US Government gave as much as $292 million to industrial farms which run on petroleum products. This is like stoking fire which will cause more damage to the environment in the long run.
- Reduce unwanted pregnancies with the help of more advanced modern contraception devices. Birth control could indeed help the environment, scientists say. Studies estimate that about 15% of carbon dioxide emissions are related to a high population. By reducing the chance of unwanted pregnancies, the toxicity in the atmosphere will be controlled (read more).
- Educate people all over the world about the benefits of family planning. Having few births in every household will stop the excessive consumption of carbon-sourced resources.
- Utilize menstrual cups instead of pads and tampons which are made of materials that are non-biodegradable and are toxic for the environment. These cups are meant to be reused and have to be thrown out once in every 2-10 years. This means less waste and low buildup of toxicity.
- Use CFC-free devices like non-CFC fridges and air conditioner. CFC is a harmful gas that depletes ozone layer. The CFC free devices might be a bit more expensive, but are absolutely worth it because they do not damage the environment.
- Use recyclable cups and plates in the restaurants or any eateries outside. This will prevent cutting down trees and aid in reversing climate change.
- Always remember to pull the chargers off the wall and keep your laptop in total shut down mode when you are not using it. Otherwise, these will cause “phantom load’ that is responsible for 10% of the electricity bill. The less electricity you use, the less of a strain you put on the climate.
- While buying appliances, choose the ones that are energy-efficient. Appliances, which drain more electricity, are not safe anymore for use. They also are responsible for a huge spike in your electricity bill. If possible, go for devices that operate on solar power. There are some really good appliances which work on solar energy and are extremely quick in producing satisfying results.
- Use energy efficient light bulbs. Instead of using incandescent light bulbs, go for the CFLs. These are the Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs that last for as many as 10,000 hours and use less than 66% of energy. While they might be a bit more expensive than regular bulbs, they will actually save you a lot of money in the long run and are a good alternative to keep the environment safe.
- Try to conserve hot water to save energy. You can set the temperature of the water to about 120 degrees. Also install low flow showerheads. Try to wash clothes in lukewarm water instead of boiling hot water. This will reduce the amount energy that is used.
- Use laptops more often that desktop computers. Laptops are 90% more efficient in conserving energy. Always keep your computers or laptops in low energy mode when you are not using them. This will enhance power management.
- Contact your utility companies to get energy which is obtained from more environmental friendly sources. This might cost you some more money, but you will be helping the environment from a huge climate crisis.
- Use your own garment bags to carry your clothes to and from laundry. This way you will not be wasting paper bags which are usually made from trees.
- Make a shift to kindle. This device is absolutely great as it can store many books in its memory which you can read whenever and wherever. You do not even need to be connected to the Internet for reading on kindle. This will save trees, as fewer books will be printed once people start reading on digital devices.
- Try to use recycled toilet paper. These are processed and cleaned and sterilized with anti bacterial solutions. To buy new un-recycled toilet paper, virgin trees are cut down. These virgin trees are the ones which belong to forests untouched by man so far. They are extremely precious to our ecosystems.
- Use garment bags, jute bags or any other type of reusable bags instead of using plastic materials to carry your items. Plastic are non-biodegradable items which are extremely toxic for the environment. They clog up and affect the climate change for the worse.
- Use re-usable coffee filters instead of paper ones. This will also reduce the number of trees that are cut down everyday to make such frivolous items that are not exactly necessary for mankind’s survival.
- Try to plant trees wherever you can. You should do your part to make sure that the balance in the environment is restored. Afforestation is clearly an important step to ensure that our climate stays stable.
- If it is possible, try to use clean modes of transportation. It can be a major hassle time-wise, but often cycling is a great way to move around in the locality. This will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions in the air, and make it a cleaner environment for all.
- Buy cars that have more gas mileage (high MPG) in order to save fuel. Also, this is a great choice since it also causes less carbon dioxide emissions. Making smarter choices in buying vehicles will go a long way to help you to avoid climate crisis.
- A lot of forests are usually cleared up in order to expand farms to create more grazing pastures for livestock. If you can, try to lower your consumption for meat. This will reduce deforestation.
- Reducing air travel even by one or two flights is going to help in conserving energy and in lowering emissions of harmful gases into our upper atmosphere.
- “Reduce, reuse and recycle” is the mission statement that you should adhere by. Try to use items that can be recycled and reused without any hassle. This will save our natural resources more.
- Try to use compost to enrich the soil of your garden instead of throwing it away. If compost ends up in general trash, it is thrown and buried in the soil. Without enough oxygen the compost will not break down. It will produce methane which promotes the greenhouse effect. So try to use your compost by putting in your garden bed because this way it will fertilize your soil and create good produce. Also, this will enhance your ability to make your own vegetables, which will cut down your dependency on the industrial farms which use chemicals and carbon fuel that is not good for the environment.
- Support your local farmers by buying local produce. Often people buy from grocery shops which get food items shipped or flown in over 1200 miles. This leads to more unclean energy consumption.
- Try to drive smarter. A car’s fuel economy drops when you drive above 55 mph.
- Raise awareness and knowledge about our consumerist mindset. We have become a generation of excess where our buying options are unlimited. By economizing what we truly need, and understanding how everything in the market is made, we can make safer choices for the environment.
- Educate people on climate change so that they also make lifestyle changes, reducing the burden on the environment.
- Make sure that you set up the temperature of the AC higher than usual. This will lead to less energy consumption.
- Improve the insulation of your house to reduce heating bills and reduced energy consumption.
- Practice carpooling to reduce the number of trips made by vehicles, resulting in a reduction of Carbon dioxide emissions.
- During winter, you can lower the thermostat settings in the heater so that it consumes less energy and lowers the amount of production of greenhouse gases. Making responsible choices withe appliances in your home is a great way to avert climate crisis. Also, buy appliances that have the “Energy star” on them. This is a sign that such appliances are specially designed to be more energy efficient and they do not release any harmful gases as byproduct which could create a major climate issue.
- Consume less water. Approximately three percentage of the energy produced in USA is used for treating and pumping of water. Reduced water consumption means lower bills, reduced energy requirements and lower impact to global climate.
- For commuting daily to office, try to use public transports. They are much more efficient than individual vehicles. Also, this would mean that there will less vehicles on the road, which will decrease traffic surges and you can reach your office on time always. The energy consumption overall will also decline all over the world, thereby reducing air toxicity by a large percentage
- Keep car tires inflated at the right pressure so that your car consumes less fuel and produces less carbon dioxide.
- Always remember to turn off the lights and any gadgets when they are not in use.
- Try drying your clothes outside on clotheslines instead of using automatic dryer which uses large amount of energy and contributes to global warming.
These 40 solutions will help to avert climate crisis. The major solution lies in creating more awareness amongst people so that we all can take necessary steps to balance our environment. One of the main reasons why we are in this mess today is because people have stopped paying attention to their environment. Since we get everything we need in super markets, we have lost touch with nature, and most people belonging to new generation think that they are not connected to the ecosystem. This is where the main crisis lies. So when our activities affect the environment, we think that we need not bother because we will still get things we need from these supermarkets. But if they are made aware of facts that show where the food comes from, and how everything is made, they will have a better idea to make smarter decisions.
Everything starts with proper education. So educate people about the climate crisis, and once they know the real danger we are in, they will voluntarily step up to make a positive difference.