Can one person help stop global climate change?

Globally, climate change has been recognized by the U.N. Security Council as a menace to international peace and security and a threat to humanity.

But can only one person contribute to facing the global climate change? Yes! And you can be that person if you follow these few simple rules:

Eat wisely

Buy organic and locally grown foods and avoid processed items. Since 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production, try to grow some of your own food and eat low on the food chain.

3Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Therefore, more you trim your waste, more you contribute to cut the emission of methane. To trim your waste you can follow the rule of 3 Rs:

Reduce: Reduce the amount of new stuff you buy and buy things that have less packaging.

Reuse: Try to borrow or rent things you only need for a short amount of time, and reuse the things you already have. Use reusable bags when you go shopping.

Recycle: Remember to recycle whatever materials you can, like bottles, cans, and paper, so they can be collected and remade into new products.

Switch to clean energy

Choose green power and generate your own power. Think with your community about the possibility of installing solar panels, a solar water heater, or even a wind turbine.

Travel Green

Cars, trucks, airplanes, and other kinds of vehicles are responsible for about one–third of the greenhouse gas emissions. Smart transportation choices can make a big impact on reducing emissions. Walk, bike, skateboard and consider sharing rides with others, and use public transportation like buses or trains whenever you can.

Watch Your Water Use

Saving water saves energy, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. It takes a lot of energy to treat the water you use every day to make it safe to drink and to deliver it to your house. It takes even more energy to turn it into hot water. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth, and try taking shorter showers.

Cover credit: National Geographic


Christina Boutros