Its hard to find someone unaware of the current global climate situation. Sensational journalists tend to focus on the negative effects of the warming trend along with all of bad news associated with this issue. For people who receive most of their news from popular reporting channels, this can leave them feeling that there is no upside to the situation.
Instead of singularly reporting that global warming is steadily becoming a more serious issue for our environment, news and media sources should focus on informing the general public about what they can do to help reduce the effects of global warming. The only way to reduce and/or reverse the damage we have caused is to educate individuals about what they can do to help in the fight against climate change. It is only after we empower the public to make lifestyle changes that we have a chance to make an impact in the struggle with rising global temperatures.
Make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of waste you create and the amount of energy you consume. Turn off lights when leaving a room, set your thermostat to more reasonable temperatures, cut out buying unnecessary items are a few examples of what can be done to reduce.
Get creative and think of alternative uses for items that you would have originally thrown away. Have fun taking advantage of the cost savings that come with finding new and interesting ways to re-use everyday items.
It may take some effort to find out how to recycle in your neighborhood, but it is definitely worth the time. Recycling allows companies to repurpose old items for new causes without having to seek out brand new materials for the same purpose.
#4: Buy Smarter
You may spend a little more money at the beginning, but new home appliances promise certain dollar amounts in energy savings over the life of the product. Do your homework and consider these instead of simply checking price tags.
#5: Alternate Energy Sources
Consider using an alternate energy source like geothermal, wind, hydroelectric, etc. to power your home or other energy requirements. If price is not an issue, consider buying a hybrid vehicle.
#6: Become a REAL Local
It takes a lot of resources to transport food from across the country, or across the world. Buying local, in-season goods, not only helps to stimulate the local economy, but also means that one less thing needs to be transported around the world.
#7: Meet Your Neighbor
Develop a carpool to and from work to save on gas and car emissions. Meet your neighbors and see if you can work out some kind of system that is better for the environment. (Carpooling youngsters to and from school is also a great way to reduce emissions and meet your neighbors!)
#8: Change How You Travel
Consider walking, riding a bike or taking public transportation to cut down on using your car. This will help reduce carbon monoxide emissions considerably over time.
#9: Become Unplugged
Unplug appliances when they arent in use. Even appliances that are off but still plugged into the wall use a small amount of energy. Over time this adds up. Not only will it save energy, it will lower your power bill!
#10 Spread the Word
Help to educate and encourage others to become greener! Organize community programs or get involved with existing ones to help spread the word. It is surprising how many people out there are not familiar with little things which they can do to help save the planet. Make your voice heard.