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Climate change has been a hot topic for several years now, and for good reason. Sea levels are rising just as temperatures are rising too, and it’s time for people around the globe to start paying attention to how our actions affect our environment.

If you’re hearing about the climate crisis and are wondering how you can help, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for a list of ways of how to fight climate change.

What Is Climate Change?

According to the UN, climate change is the shifting in temperature and weather patterns that we are currently experiencing.

Some of this change is natural, but humans have also hurried along climate change in a way that is harmful to Earth’s longevity. Our actions have an impact, and the more greenhouse gas emissions we create, the more our atmosphere is going to warm up.

How to Fight Climate Change: A Complete List

You might be thinking, How could we possibly fight climate change when so much damage has already been done? While thinking about the climate crisis can be overwhelming and depressing, there are still things we can do.

Since there are so many different factors that can contribute to climate change, this also means that there are a lot of ways you can help slow down its effects.

Get in Touch with Your Political Representatives

One of the best ways to help is by encouraging the people who can enact real change to take action for you (and the planet!).

Find out who your local and state representatives are and make a plan to reach out to them. This could be by email, phone call, letter, or even in person.

Letters can be an impactful way of letting a representative know how you feel about different topics and can be used to strongly urge them to work toward solutions that reduce climate change. You can find out where to address your letter by doing a quick online search.

Trying to arrange a meeting with your representative is another useful tactic. Think about what you’d like to say beforehand and have a clear message in mind so they know exactly what your goal is. Put pressure on them to truly do something about the climate crisis.

Drive Smarter, Not Harder

If you’re someone who has to commute to and from work or who spends many hours in the car, it’s time to rethink your travel methods.

A great way to drive smarter is to carpool with others who are going to the same places you are. For example, if you live near a coworker, you could take turns picking one another up for work each day.

It’s also a good idea to combine your errands as much as possible. Make a plan for where you’ll need to drive in a week and see how you can make the route more efficient.

When you are driving, be conscious of how your car impacts the Earth through its emissions. Try not to speed and avoid accelerating or breaking too quickly.

Better yet, ditch your gas-guzzling car for an electric version. While these are pricey, the cost of an electric car is continuing to decrease, making it a more viable option every year. If an electric car isn’t in the budget, look into getting a hybrid instead.

Better Yet, Don’t Drive at All

If you want to take Earth-saving driving transportation tactics to a new level, leave your car in the garage and opt for alternative transportation instead.

Public transit such as buses or trains is a good option if you live in a place that offers it. Biking or walking are also ways of getting around that won’t negatively impact the environment (and they don’t cost you much except time, either!).

And again, if biking, walking, or taking the bus isn’t an option, catching a ride with a friend to carpool is still a great choice.

Support Companies That Are Fighting Climate Change

There are lots of companies that are out there putting in the time, effort, and money to create positive change for the environment.

When you go to purchase something, try to know a little bit about the company you’re buying from and what their stance on climate change is. Are they creating their products in an environmentally friendly way? Are they donating money to efforts that are helping reduce our carbon footprint?

Finding out the answers to questions like these will let you know if they’re a company you should support or not. And if they’re not supportive of fighting climate change, find a different company that is and that offers what you need.

There are also companies that are fighting climate change in a more direct way, such as Direct Air Capture. Whether they’re removing CO2 from the air, installing wind turbines, or planting trees across the country, these companies are worth donating money to when possible.

Rethink Your Power Use

It takes a lot of energy to power our daily lives, especially when we’re living in a house. Everything from the refrigerator to the microwave to the air conditioning is using up valuable energy.

If you’re looking for a way to make your energy use more sustainable (while also saving money in the long run!), there are a few ways to do so.

Installing solar panels on your home’s roof will allow you to take advantage of the sun’s energy so you can power most of your home naturally. Turning things off when they’re not being used, such as the TV or lights, will also help you save energy.

Give Up Your Grass

A green lawn may be nice to look at, but it’s not good for the environment.

It’s said that US lawns require three trillion gallons of water a year in order for them to thrive, not to mention the 59 million pounds of pesticides that are used for them too. Not only is that a colossal waste of water, but all of those pesticides get absorbed into our soil and water.

Instead of spending your outdoor time cultivating perfectly green grass, consider getting rid of your grass for a more natural lawn. Putting down mulch is a quick and easy way to eliminate grass, and then you can focus on bringing in trees, flowers, and shrubs that are native to your area.

Not only will this help the environment, but it may be more interesting to look at too!

Reduce Your Food Waste

Food waste is a huge issue in the United States, with 108 billion pounds of food being wasted every year.

To reduce this, be more conscious of the food you buy, as well as the food you already have. Mark when you open things and when they go bad to be sure to use them all up in time, and share food with others if you don’t think you’ll be able to eat it all yourself.

If you’re able to compost scraps of food, this is another great way to reduce your food waste.

Shop Sustainably

A great way to shop sustainably (besides purchasing less stuff!) is to shop locally. Not only does this help support local businesses, but it helps reduce fossil fuel emissions from trucks or planes that have to transport the goods as well.

There are so many other ways to shop sustainably, like purchasing clothing that is made to last and skipping fast fashion, using reusable bags, and purchasing used or pre-owned things instead of brand-new ones.

When in doubt, go by the motto “Reduce, reuse, recycle!”

Eat More Plant-Based

There’s already a huge shift toward eliminating or reducing meat from one’s diet and leaning more toward plant-based foods. This is partially to improve people’s health, but it improves Earth’s health too!

The meat industry takes a lot of water and energy use every year – much more than is good for the environment. Plus, this industry isn’t always ethical, forcing animals into poor living conditions and treating them inhumanely to make a profit.

By reducing how much meat you buy, you’ll be making an impact in bettering the lives of animals as well as the Earth.

Make a Climate Pledge

When it comes to how to reduce climate change, having lots of ideas is great. But if you don’t turn those ideas into actions, you won’t have a positive impact.

To hold yourself accountable, make a pledge to do what you can to help the environment. Write down specific goals so you can keep track of them and sign your name under it with the date. Every now and then, check back in to see if you’re following through on your promises.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint One Step at a Time

One person won’t be able to fix the climate crisis, but they can make a difference. Now that you know so many ways of how to fight climate change, you’re ready to jump into action.

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