What We Can Do to Combat the Effects of Global Climate Change?
The world is undergoing some of its greatest changes since the demise of the dinosaurs. The population of the planet is increasing at an unprecedented rate, having gone from 1 billion people at the start of 1800 to 6.7 billion by 2000. As a direct consequence our climate is warming from the increased amount of greenhouse gases which are the by-products of energy production to service those 6.7 billion people. What can we do?
Can ordinary people help to slow global warming? If we act together, we can. To put less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, we should burn less fossil fuel (oil, coal, gas).
Here are a few ideas for starters:
- Plant a tree whenever you can
- We can all offset our carbon emissions by paying a small annual fee to support tree-planting programs. These trees may then take up the equivalent of your carbon emissions. Visit carbonfund.org
- Get the whole family to walk, ride bikes, and use public transportation whenever possible.
- Switch off electricity
- Spend less time on TV shows and computer games, and play more outside.
- Ask Mom and Dad to put in low-energy lightbulbs (and save money on bills)
- When it’s cold, instead of using central heating, wear a sweater.
Take shorter showers
- Save trees, especially rainforest trees
- Use less paper, and recycle the paper products you do use.
- Eat less meat.
- Ask your parents what they are doing to help slow global warming. Ask your teachers what your school is doing as well
Learn more about making a difference from Los Angeles Natural History Museum.