How to economically help the fight against climate change

16 Oct 2019

Amid growing concerns about the future of the planet and its protection from climate change, countries have started to look at ways and actions that need to be taken. Canadian academic, David Suzuki had said, “In a world of more than 7 billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.” Climate change is not a challenge that we can overcome individually, but as a whole. 

Here are a number of ways of what we can do in order to help fight climate change: 

The climate has to be seen as a concern for the government in order to create initiatives that help the environment. It needs to be seen as a priority for politicians and country leaders. Emission reduction and building a strong and clean economy has to remain to be on the agenda.

You could also choose to help the environment and save from your expenses at the same time. Renewable energy sources allow for cleaner and healthier energy and work out in being economic as well. Staying away from the consumption and burning of fossil fuels as well as stopping investments in oil, gas and coal companies would minimise emissions which would then lead to cleaner and purer air quality. 

Closely linked to the previous point, is transportation. By reducing the number of cars run by fuel on the streets and using electrical vehicles more, less emissions are released, presenting a greener method of transportation. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also states that “More than a quarter of the vehicle-miles travelled by households are for commuting to and from work—usually with one person in the vehicle.” It suggests carpooling as an alternative to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted. 

Ever since we were young, we were taught on recycling and its benefits. It is truly important to not forget the basics. More awareness is now being made on the importance of waste separation, highlighted in the several initiatives that worldwide governments are making. The 3 R’s are easy to remember and follow – Reduce; carbon emissions, Reuse; anything that could be made use of again, extend the product’s lifeline, and finally, Recycle; states that we “can save over 730 kilos of CO2 each year just by recycling half of the waste at home.”