5 Ways you can help stop global warming as an individual
1. Actually eat the food you buy and make less of it meat.Approximately 10 percent of U.S. energy use goes into growing, processing, packaging, and shipping food and about 40 percent of which just winds up in the landfill. If you’re wasting less food, you’re likely cutting down on energy consumption And since livestock products are among the most resource intensive to produce, eating meat-free meals can make a big difference, too.
2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances.
Since they were first implemented, efficiency standards for dozens of appliances and products have kept 2.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide out of the air. That’s about the same amount as the annual carbon pollution coughed up by nearly 440 million cars! When shopping for refrigerators, washing machines, and other appliances, look for the Energy Star label. It will tell you which are the most efficient.
3. Buy better bulbs.
LED lightbulbs use up to 80 percent less energy than conventional incandescents. They’re also cheaper in the long run: A 10-watt LED that replaces your traditional 60-watt bulb will save you $125 over the lightbulb’s life.
4. Wash clothes in cold water.
They get just as clean with today’s detergents. But hot water washes use five times the energy—and create five times the emissions. This could save you nearly $100 a year. AND You're helping the environment! Look at that!
5. Speak up! GET INVOLVED.
What’s the single biggest way you can make an impact on global climate change? Talk to your friends and family, and make sure your state reps are doing the right thing By voicing your concerns—via social media or, better yet, directly to your elected officials—send a message that you care about the warming world. Encourage Congress to enact new laws that limit carbon emissions and require polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. And if they wont help? Join the billions of americans marching for human and eco rights, Donate to organizations that are helping the world become a better place. They need your help!
In all, The best way to help out with the current eco crisis is to get involved. Yes, Its easier to stay home or focus on mundane, everyday happenings. But what the world needs is for us to stand together and pave the way for the future.