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Climate change is upon us. And, every year that we continue to shut our ears and eyes to the signs, we fast-track our own calamity. Already, plants and animals are feeling the heat, with a good number facing extinction if global warming goes unchecked.
The sad reality is that human activity is the top contributor to CO2 emissions responsible for climate change. According to data from Statista, the global CO2 emissions stood at a staggering 36.44 billion metric tons, far more than the average emissions in the pre-industrial era.
That said, many organizations and countries have started to wake up and take action to prevent, or at least slowdown, climate change. As a student, you can, too, in your small way. Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Ditch Single-Use Plastic for Recyclables
Plastic is one of the biggest problems facing the environment today. That’s because plastic isn’t organic and doesn’t decompose. That means every single piece of plastic you ever used and disposed of is still somewhere in the environment. So, to conserve the environment, reduce your use of plastic as much as possible. If you have to, go for recyclable plastic rather than single-use.
2. Switch or Go for Energy Efficient Appliances
Now, we all use appliances in our homes or apartments. They generally make life much more bearable. However, you can save the environment a ton of energy emissions by choosing energy-efficient refrigerators, vacuums, washing machines, and other day-to-day appliances.
3. Use Water Consciously
Conserving water is another way to contribute to the fight against global warming. Why? The water you get in your dorm or apartment has used a lot of electric power to get there. On top of that, you sometimes use more energy to warm it up if, say, you’re taking a shower. According to data by EPA, the average family can waste about 180 gallons of water a week from leaks!
So, seal any leaks, no matter how small. Consider conserving water by cutting down your shower time too.
4. Go Paperless
That’s right, reducing the amount of paper you use saves trees. And as you know, trees help reduce the amount of CO2 in the environment. Some way you can get rid of paper is:
- Writing down your notes digitally, i.e., on your phone, tablet, or computer
- Going for digital books as opposed to physical ones
- Using online tools to facilitate your studying
- Cancelling any unnecessary mail that comes to your mailbox
- Managing and paying your bills online
- Storing your documents digitally
And, rather than struggle with an assignment, while wasting a lot of paper, you can also hire an essay writer. Such professionals will handle your paper or essay digitally- no paper and definitely, no waste.
5. Cut Out Food Wastage
Track the amount of food your throw in the bin every day, and you’ll be amazed at how much it can accumulate in just a week. Aside from the fact that the food you buy at the grocery store has used power in the growing, processing, packaging, and transportation processes, what you throw away ends up in landfills as well. So, buy what you know you can eat, making sure to eat everything you buy. Also, cut down on dairy and meat, which use a lot of energy to process and store.
6. Change Those Bulbs
One of the best- and easiest- ways to reduce your carbon footprint is switching to energy-efficient bulbs. According to the International Energy Agency, if everyone switched to energy-efficient lighting, we can save the planet billions of tons of carbon in the next couple of years. Conventional bulbs typically consume several times the energy that an LED bulb consumes. So, apart from conserving the environment, you’ll actually save money in the long run.
7. Walk or Use Public Transport Whenever Possible
When you consider carbon emissions, walking is the best way to move from one place to another. But walking isn’t realistic in some cases because of distance. In such cases, choose public transport instead of driving your car to reduce your atmospheric carbon contribution. Consider cutting down on flying, as flights are the most significant carbon emissions contributors in the transport sector.
8. Start the Conversation by Raising Your Voice
Apart from adopting these small changes in your life, you can also do a lot of good by simply speaking out. Educate yourself and then share that knowledge with others too. Consider using your social media handles to reach out to a bigger audience.
Saving the Environment and Delaying Global Warming Depends on Everyone’s Actions
We all contribute to environmental degradation through small daily actions, like taking a shower or driving to class. So, we can also combine efforts to save it. Rather than sit and wait for the worst to happen, you can join in the fight with these eight tips. Finally, keep learning about other ways you can help.