We have been hearing about climate change, global warming, carbon emissions etc. many times. We all know how the earth is getting affected by climate change and governments across the world are working towards reducing carbon emissions and in turn global warming.
But have we wondered how as an individual can contribute to this serious issue? Fighting climate change is not just the duty of the governments but we as individuals make significant contributions towards this cause
It is very simple to remember that carbon dioxide is the main culprit that has caused climate change. Carbon dioxide is released when we burn fossil fuels in form of oil, coal, gas for energy. But using less of the energy from these sources and switching to other clean energy sources will help in reducing carbon emissions and in turn also save money.
Below are some simple and effective ways through which we can contribute our bit to fight this catastrophe of climate change.
Switch to Renewable energy sources:
One of the most effective ways to reduce the usage of fossil fuels is to switch to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, tidal, etc. Look at the green energy source wherever possible. Power up your homes with renewable energy sources.
Try to minimize the usage of cars and prefer using public transport. The pollution caused due to the vehicles on road is one of the major reasons for carbon emissions. Our aim should be to reduce the number of vehicles on road and use bicycles or prefer to walk and carpool wherever possible.
Use energy efficient devices:
Replacing the regular bulbs and lights with LED and energy-efficient devices will not only help in reducing energy consumption and will also help in saving money. It is the cheapest way and the easiest way to reduce carbon emissions.
Turn off electronic devices:
Turn off electronic devices like televisions, music players, computers, etc. when not in use. This will not only help to reduce energy consumption but can reduce thousands of tons of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.
Always prefer buying eco-friendly or recyclable products. Recycle the products with materials like paper, bottles, aluminum foils, newspapers, etc. Recycling will help in reducing the landfills and also the CO2 released into the atmosphere.
Landfills are the major source of methane and greenhouse gases. Also, the open burning of waste releases toxic gases into the atmosphere resulting in global warming.
The best method to reduce global warming is the plant more and more trees. Trees not only give oxygen but also absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A single tree can absorb up to 1 ton of CO2 in its life ton, hence we should aim to plant more and more trees and prevent the cutting down of existing ones.
Use less hot water:
Limit the usage of hot water in your daily chores like washing clothes, dishes, etc. Also, avoid taking frequent hot water showers or use less hot water. Such simple steps will drastically reduce energy consumption.
This is the most basic and important step that we all should be following and teaching our younger ones. Remember to close the taps while brushing your teeth and avoid going for long showers. Also, reduce the number of car and bike washes with water, instead prefer the dry wash.
It is very important to educate everyone about the consequence of global warming and how our simple steps can make a huge difference in saving our earth for our future generations to come.
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