Five Ways Households Can Help Fight Climate Change

Societyby Ankita Tripathy04 October 2023

Households Can Help Fight Climate Change

The Earth is getting warmer, glaciers are melting in Antarctica, and deadly wildfires are now a sadly familiar occurrence in many places. Clearly, change is needed. These are the signs of environmental degradation as a result of decades of reckless industrial and corporate actions.

Policymakers have been too slow to act, and this has meant that many countries have consistently failed to meet their emission targets. Science now stresses that meaningful action in the next few years is essential if society is to prevent further catastrophic ecological damage.

However, it is difficult to know where to begin when thinking about making positive climate changes. With so many issues, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

Popular Examples All Across The World… 

Thankfully, the media upholds examples of people making heroic efforts to combat climate change and large-scale philanthropic work such as that of the JPB Foundation or the Ford Foundation. Barbara Picower, in particular, is an amazing example of how a philanthropist can commit to making a difference in fighting poverty and protecting the environment.

These valiant individuals and groups work with a multitude of agencies, charities, and organizations to empower communities, fund research, and provide resources. Ordinary individuals may look at these powerful figures and wonder how their personal actions can fit into them and aspire to make a difference.

It is true that individual efforts are a drop in the ocean of what can be done, and it is certainly only when people come together collectively that the biggest changes can be made. The climate emergency requires a large-scale social movement akin to the great social movements of the past, such as the Suffragists or the Civil Rights movement.

This collective action can come from citizen groups, from activism and lobbying, and also from the philanthropic efforts of charitable organizations. However, it is important to remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and that the ocean is made up of a million drops, each counting in its own way, towards a greater good.

This article will cover some of the ways individuals can begin to take their first steps in becoming climate activists!

Five Ways To Impact Climate Change

There are many ways to contribute to a healthier environment. These are five efforts individuals can incorporate into their daily routine.

Use Clean Energy

Use Clean Energy

Humans generally have a high carbon footprint, whether it is from generator fumes or carbon monoxide gas from automobiles. Switching to renewable energy sources can significantly reduce this carbon footprint. For example, a home can use solar power to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Some regions, like the US and China, also use wind energy. Many utility companies provide green energy alternatives.

Manage Household Waste Responsibly

How homes dispose of waste can reduce landfills and minimize resource wastage. One effective disposal method is recycling. Separating recyclables, like papers, glass, and certain plastics, is essential. Materials should also be cleaned properly before recycling, as contaminated recycling can be sent to landfills. Once recyclables are separated, organic waste is next. Vegetable peels, fruit peels, and bread can be composted to provide natural fertilizer.

Engage With The Community

While doing these activities alone may seem to have little impact, community efforts can amplify individuals’ actions. Households can join a community in their endeavors to sustain the planet. They may partner with local groups to participate in tree planting initiatives, like the One Tree Planted, for example.

Support And Collaborate With Organizations

World Wide Fund for Nature

Besides joining a community, several organizations are also dedicated to climate change mitigation. Organizations such as Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) often need volunteers to help with clean-up drives and awareness campaigns. They accept donations too. Financial contributions can help these organizations expand their reach and influence.

Incorporate Additional Personal Changes

Joining community initiatives and reducing a carbon footprint aren’t the only ways to conserve the environment. The little things individuals do at home also matter.

Water conservation, for example, prevents water wastage. This involves fixing water leaks, whether it is a sink or overall plumbing issue. Households can also use water-saving appliances, like water-saving aerators, and reduce shower times.

Another way is to use sustainable transportation, such as a bicycle, or walk short distances to avoid increasing a large carbon footprint. If affordable, electric vehicles are also a better alternative to fuel-powered cars.

Individual efforts to make the environment cleaner, coupled with community, foundations, and organizations’ work, can make a huge difference. Ultimately, this can safeguard the planet for future generations.

Climate Change: What Can An Individual Do? 

A state, a country, or a demographic- all have their own share of climate change efforts. But have you ever wondered what you can do as an individual? Climate change is not just a concern now; it is a responsibility, too. Here are a few things every individual can do: 

  • A Look Into Household Energy Consumption

Apart from electricity and coal, there are other things in a household that consume electricity. While a household can work on limiting energy consumption, you can make an effort, too. All you have to do is reduce your needs and, ultimately, the waste. Working on this initial step will actually make other tasks easier. 

  • The Big EV Transformation

Are you planning to purchase a car? Make sure to go electric and save not just yourself but also the environment. A number of electric cars still operate on electricity that is produced by fossil fuels. Hence, it has a less negative impact on the ecosystem. Climate change is controlled to a large extent if you can control environmental pollution. 

Conclusion

As already mentioned, climate change is a threat to humanity. Working alone toward the cause might not change the problem. But a small step can make big differences. Hence, the purpose of this comprehensive guide was to entail the five ways in which every household can reduce the harmful impacts on climate. 

Thank you for reading till the end. I hope the article imparted a clear message to all my viewers. Don’t forget to share your opinions, too. So, comment below!

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Ankita Tripathy

Ankita Tripathy loves to write about food and the Hallyu Wave in particular. During her free time, she enjoys looking at the sky or reading books while sipping a cup of hot coffee. Her favourite niches are food, music, lifestyle, travel, and Korean Pop music and drama.

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