Lake Marion is below average levels for this time of year. (Lisa Ellis)
Lake Marion is below average levels for this time of year.

Lisa Ellis

Reversing Climate Change

This article is part three of a three part climate change series.

November 1, 2019

While the effects of climate change are frightening, all is not lost.

“The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth.”

— Chief Seattle

Earth is very delicate and needs to be taken care of. There are many ways people can help reverse the effects of climate change. These steps can be taken right at home and are things you can add into your daily routine.

Nation Resources Defence Council states, “Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining-room table. Nations around the world are upping their game in the fight against climate change.”

According to NRDC, here are a few ways you can fight climate change:

Use your voice. Speaking up about climate change is the single best way you can make a huge impact on climate change. Raising awareness and speaking up gets the word out that climate change is serious and action needs to be taken place. Speaking up can look like many things. It can start as something as little as mentioning it in a conversation with your peers, posting about it on your social media accounts, or even attending/supporting events directed to climate change.

Don’t waste food and cut back on meat. Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food—about 40 percent of which just ends up in the landfill. Wasting less food helps cut down on energy consumption. Eating less meat also helps cut down on energy consumption. Foodtank.com states, “The total amount of water needed – to produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons of water; one pound of pork takes 576 gallons of water.” Cutting out meat 1-2 meals a week, would drastically limit its impact on the environment.

Start to rethink planes, trains, and automobiles. Fuel causes a lot of pollution in the air, so cutting down on fuel is very important. Try to take public transportation as much as possible to minimize your carbon footprint. For example, buses and trains are a great way to help cut back on air pollution.

Make sure to pull the plug(s). Don’t leave fully charged devices plugged into your home’s outlets. Unplug rarely used devices or plug them into power strips and timers, and adjust your computers and monitors to automatically power down to the lowest power mode when not in use. Pulling plugs helps reduce the amount of energy being used, since electricity dependent items use energy even when they’re not on.

Those are just a few ways that can help reduce your impact on climate change. Try doing some of these whenever you’re in the house, and share your conservation stories with others to increase the impact.

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