Climate change is sometimes misunderstood as being about changes in the weather. In reality, it is about changes in our very way of life. – Paul Polman
I’ve been watching the news lately, and it breaks my heart to hear that someone drowned inside their apartment due to a flood. It’s also terrifying to see some families looking at their ravaged properties due to the typhoon, which they’ve worked hard on for years. Unfortunately, these events happen very often nowadays all over the world. Even massive dead people recovered due to the worst earthquakes, some drought, and so on. These occurrences inspired me to write this blog.
It’s heart-wrenching! But what are our options available? Is this a result of climate change? Unfortunately, many people continue to deny climate change. Some people simply do not believe it. Others disregard it due to the massive changes required to address the climate change problem.
An article explained that climate change is referred to as the rise in global temperatures from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Climate change is defined as the long-term alteration of a location’s temperature and typical weather patterns.
For example, in the Middle East, given that I am in Dubai, a desert location, the climate is expected to be humid and hot. However, I noticed that the humidity is increasing every year and lasting longer and longer than usual.
There are several debates about this, but many world leaders are already taking action to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. And of course, they need our help!
We currently have only one Earth. And I believe we can all agree on the importance of taking good care of our home. So, I’m passionate about sharing with you the simple ways we can all work together to combat climate change!
Ways We Can Do to Help Combat Climate Change
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1. Refuse what you don’t need.
You are reducing waste generation by doing so. Every item that is refuse minimizes the demand for that item’s production. As a result, GHG emissions associated with the item’s production, transportation, use, and disposal are avoided.
One thing that can genuinely help you with this is avoiding being an impulsive buyer. At times, we think we need it, but in reality, we don’t! Trust me. I’ve been there.
2. Reduce what you do need.
Some things are unavoidable, but we can reduce our reliance on them—for instance, purchase goods in bulk rather than individually packaged items. Creative thinking like this will reduce the amount of waste that needs to manage, lowering GHG emissions.
To be honest, reducing is a significant challenge, particularly for those living in developing countries. For example, in my home country, the Philippines, they are fond of producing items in sachets because those are the items the general public can afford most of the time. As of the moment, I can only hope that sooner, more and more people will afford to buy in bulk when replenishing their pantries.
3. What you can’t reduce, Reuse.
Doing this prevents the carbon within the materials from returning to the environment for as long as possible. Reusing items also reduces the demand for new raw materials, lowering the climatic impact of this and associated material transportation.
Reusing is my personal favorite! I usually reuse the takeaway containers we receive when we order some food online. I use them as containers for my raw meat when making some portions or keeping some leftovers.
4. What you can’t reuse, Recycle.
Recycling is less effective than reducing or reusing waste because it requires waste to be transported to a processing facility where its original raw materials are extracted – all of which produce GHG emissions. It does, however, avoid the GHG emissions associated with the extraction and processing of virgin raw materials.
My parents always separate our trash from the bottle and plastic containers and other recyclable materials. It had become a practice, especially after we met this elderly lady who requested old bottles and plastic containers. We discovered that she sells them to a junk shop to make a living. So, as a result, we give her our recyclable materials to help her and, of course, protect our environment.
5. What you can’t recycle, Recover.
The term “recover” refers to activities that convert waste into a usable form. Examples include waste incineration and heat harvesting to generate electricity. The electricity generated from incinerated waste avoids the use of fossil fuels in the production of electricity. Thus, recovering value from waste reduces GHG emissions.
Actions We Can Do to Take Good Care of Earth
- Do not litter.
- The use Ecobags.
- Avoid smoke-belching.
- Avoid burning plastics and tires.
- Plug off the unused electric appliances.
- Converse energy.
- Support governments’ climate change projects.
- Become an environmental advocate by spreading awareness.
- Support businesses that promote green programs.
- Respect nature
We can mitigate the adverse effects of climate change by changing our lifestyles. I understand that most of these changes are difficult for us because we have grown accustomed to them. But the challenge has begun! We only have one Earth, and it is our responsibility as humans to do our part in protecting and preserving our home, not just for today but for future generations as well.
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