How to Help Stop Climate Change
By Ryan Hagen
You’re here because you:
- Know climate change is a serious threat to humanity.
- Understand we need to eliminate our greenhouse gas emissions ASAP.
- Know that your choices as an individual actually do make a difference.
- Want to contribute – to do your part in transforming society towards a better future.
Helping to stop and reverse climate change is straightforward. We have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. To do your part, follow Gandhi’s simple, timeless advice: be the change you wish to see in the world. This can be boiled down to a two-pronged approach:
1. Minimize your carbon footprint (aka personal footprint), which is defined as the amount of greenhouse gas emissions directly or indirectly attributable to you.
2. Initiate and support sustainable efforts that minimize greenhouse gas emissions outside of your personal footprint. This is done in whatever ways make the most sense to you. It could include talking about the issue with others, promoting sustainable projects within your community or company, getting involved in sustainable organizations, voting, speaking with representatives, attending events, picking a sustainability-oriented career, etc. Help reduce emissions by being a part of something bigger than you. Team up with others, throw some ideas around, and ask a lot of questions to see what is possible!
My philosophy on reducing carbon footprints
1. Focus on one thing at a time.
Baby steps. There are thousands of different actions you could take to reduce emissions, but keep it manageable. Rather than getting overwhelmed by all the options, set yourself up for success by focusing on one at a time.
2. Prioritize by impact and ease.
Ask yourself this question before deciding what to focus on first: What can I do that will significantlyreduce my emissions and is easy for me? Actions that combine impact and ease should come first because it maximizes carbon reductions and the chance you’ll succeed. Prioritization will vary from person to person depending on your current footprint and personal preferences. For example, if a hamburger has this uncontrollable effect on you…