Did you know that the climate action movement started in the 1970s? The climate movement is a global movement pressuring governments, companies, and individuals to intentionally make positive climate changes. However, it wasn't until recently that people started to pay attention to climate change as a serious issue.
Every year, more and more people are making an effort to start making small changes in their everyday lives to help reduce their carbon footprint. Unfortunately, many people know everything needs to change but don't know where to start. To fully grasp the scope of wasteful habits, it's good to look at more significant numbers and compare them with the benefits of making minor changes to your lifestyle.
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It's Time to Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and Its Impacts
The effects of climate change are everywhere, from the increased frequency of extreme weather events to the rising seas. It's not just happening in faraway places; it's happening here, too.
We've seen record-breaking heat waves in some parts of the world and devastating droughts in others. We've seen wildfires rage out of control, destroying homes and businesses. Unfortunately, the impact will only worsen as temperatures rise. Sadly, they already are.
We must take steps toward a better future for our children, grandchildren, and ourselves. We can't sit back while extreme weather affects our lives, communities, and the planet. We need your help to keep moving forward with a straightforward goal; a healthy planet for all life on Earth!
Impacts of Climate Change Are Already Here
We all know that climate change is a serious problem, but it can also seem far away. Far away as in not happening to you or your family today. The truth is the impacts of climate change are already here and now, but we don't always see them because they're small and slow-moving.
That's why it's important to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
With this guide, you'll learn how you can make a difference locally. Take small steps toward reducing your carbon footprint. Ultimately at the same time, being part of a larger community that works together to make significant changes.
This Is Your Opportunity to Get Involved With the Climate Change Movement
The Climate Action Summit 2019 is a one-day event that brings together representatives from all over the world who are working to address climate change. This is your chance to be part of this global event and make a real difference in fighting climate change!
On December 12, 2015, President Obama met with world leaders to secure a global agreement to combat climate change. In 2014, President Obama created a Climate Action Plan. His goal was to create a forum for leaders worldwide to come together and discuss their progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. As part of his plan, he also asked participants to submit new ideas on how we could increase our efforts even further.
This year marks another annual Climate Action Summit. This year's summit will feature speakers worldwide, including representatives from states, cities, corporations, nonprofits, universities, and more!
It's Time to Get Serious About Climate Change
The world is warming, affecting everything from the health of our oceans to the number of hurricanes we see in a particular year. We know this, and we want to do something about it. However, how do we ensure that our climate change efforts are sustainable?
We believe there are three things you can do today that will help put your climate change efforts on the fast track:
- Take action now. If you wait until tomorrow, it may be too late!
- Be realistic about what you can do. No one expects you to be an expert on climate change overnight!
- Make sure your efforts are sustainable. There are plenty of ways for people who care about the environment to make a difference without sacrificing their comfort or convenience.
Climate Action Matters
There's no question that climate action matters. We're all aware of the devastating effects of a warming planet and how it could affect us if we don't act soon. The question is, what can you do? How can you help?
The answer is simple: start now. You don't have to wait for legislation or regulations to change. Instead, you can start today by making small changes in your daily life that will collectively add up to a big difference over time.
You don't need to go out and buy a Prius or convert all of your energy sources to solar power, either! Although that would be ideal, it is not necessarily doable for every household. You can start with simple ways such as recycling more often or turning off lights when you leave rooms. These are just two examples, but they make a big impact. There are plenty more ways for individuals like you and me to impact our environment without completely overhauling our lives.
The IPCC Climate Report 2018 says the world needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 45% before 2030 to keep global warming below 1.5°C. This is a challenge for everyone, especially for companies relying on fossil fuels like coal and oil to power their operations.
The good news is that companies can still make climate change efforts on the fast track. Here are three ways they can do just that:
- Use more renewable energy sources (like solar) in their operations and facilities as much as possible
- Take steps to reduce the company's carbon footprint by ensuring employees use efficient technologies like LED lights wherever possible. LED lights use less energy than traditional bulbs
- Start investing in renewable energy projects such as wind farms or solar power plants
Protecting the Planet
When you think about it, there is a lot of pressure on us to do our part in protecting the planet. We hear about the effects of climate change all the time. From rising sea levels and extreme weather events to melting ice caps and species extinction, it's easy to get overwhelmed. With all these scary statistics, there are many things that we can do on an individual level to help slow down or even reverse these trends.
One of the easiest ways to make a difference is by using less energy. The good news is that reducing your carbon footprint doesn't have to be complicated or expensive!
Here are some quick tips for putting your climate change efforts on the fast track:
- Reduce Your Electricity Use: Turn off appliances when not in use (like TVs and microwaves). Use power strips to turn off multiple devices at once when they aren't needed. You can also look into energy-efficient light bulbs, which use up to 75% less electricity than regular incandescent bulbs while providing bright light!
- Drive Less: If possible, ride a bike or take public transportation instead of driving your car daily. Not only will this save gasoline money, but it will also reduce pollution.
The Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is a global climate change agreement signed by 195 countries and the European Union. It aims to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It's a critical step toward ensuring our planet remains habitable for future generations.
The Agreement entered into force in November 2016, and its first meeting was held in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 7, 2016. The Agreement calls for all Parties to put forward their best efforts through "nationally determined contributions" (NDCs). The NDCs are not legally binding under international law; rather, they represent each Party's commitment to reducing their GHG emissions.
You Are One Person
We've all heard the news; climate change is real and happening right now. We are all thinking, "what can I do? I'm just one person!"
Guess what? You ARE one person, and that means you matter. When you make a difference in your own life, you're also making a difference for everyone around you. Plus, even if you don't have time to do everything on this list today, the more actions you take over time, the more impactful they will be!
Here are nine simple things you can do today to help reduce your carbon footprint and make your part of the world a better place for everyone.
- Reduce your meat consumption. Meat production is extremely resource intensive. Reducing how much meat you eat is one of the easiest ways to impact climate change.
- Eat less processed foods and more fresh fruits and vegetables. Processed foods have a greater carbon footprint than fresh produce. Processed foods have been shipped across long distances before reaching your plate, whereas fresh produce has traveled only as far as the nearest farm or grocery store.
- Choose local over imported products whenever possible. For example, choose to shop locally when buying food at the grocery store or clothes from an online retailer. These businesses directly employ people in your community, therefore creating less carbon emissions while contributing to your local economy.
- Invest in renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines rather than fossil fuels like coal or gas.
- Get a bike! You can ride it to work or just commute around town. They're convenient, cheap, good for your health, fast, and fun.
- Don't drive! If you must drive somewhere, carpool or take public transportation.
- Plant trees! Trees suck up CO2 from the air. Plant trees in your yard or community garden today. It's one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint quickly and easily!
- Reduce waste! Recycle everything you can
- plastic bottles
- aluminum cans
Compost food scraps instead of throwing them away. You can even find compost bins at most stores now).Take a step back in time.
- use cloth diapers
- avoid paper towels
- use glass bottles instead of plastic
- line dry your laundry
- play games instead of watching tv
- fix things instead of buying new
- fill up your sink with water instead of letting the water run to rinse off dishes
- make sure the washing machine and dishwasher loads are full
- don't let the car run idle while you wait
- use fresh air from open windows to cool your home
Climate change is a real threat to our planet, and urgent action is needed to combat it. If we don't act soon, we'll face devastating consequences. So what else can you do? The first step is learning more about climate change. How does it affect your community, and what actions are being taken locally to mitigate its effects? We can all play a part in helping to reduce the impact of global warming, but it's up to individuals and businesses alike to make a difference.
As business owners, we need to set an example by being eco-friendly. This means reducing carbon footprints and using renewable energy wherever possible. It also means educating employees about how they can do their bit too. By encouraging them to recycle more and use less energy at work, companies will be helping the environment and saving money!
The Time to Act Is Now
We need to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
The world's leading scientists have warned us that we are running out of time and must rise to the challenge. The world needs leaders who will take action, not just talk about it.
Climate change is a problem that needs to be solved now.
If you've been putting off your efforts to combat climate change, it's time to get moving!
- Start by educating yourself on the issue. Climate change doesn't have to be overwhelming or scary. You can learn more about it and its causes in just a few minutes!
- Get involved in local initiatives by joining your city council or volunteering with an advocacy group. You'll be amazed at how much good you can do when you set your mind to it!
- Take small steps towards being more environmentally friendly, like recycling and using energy-efficient light bulbs. It might not seem like much, but every little bit helps!
People are starting to realize that climate change is a significant problem, but they may not realize they need to act immediately. By taking these steps, both companies and individuals can accelerate the fight against climate change.
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