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Managing Climate Change, One Person at a Time (Part 1)

Pam Sornson

Posted on July 10, 2019 13:47

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I'm crafting a series of posts about how and why every person should contribute to the solution to the climate crisis. While all these little efforts may seem trivial in the face of the enormity of the concern, the aggregate effect of millions of small actions can have immense consequences.

It's simply too frustrating to read about the governments and businesses around the world that are failing to reduce their climate-changing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Since I have no control over their actions, I can only sit helplessly and watch as their irresponsibility threatens everything I love.

However, I CAN take steps within my own life to reduce MY carbon emissions. It helps to actively engage in a solution; doing something proactive reduces the anxiety generated by all the ugly eco-news in the papers today.

Simple Steps Could Have Profound Effects
Imagine if every individual on the planet adopted a cleaner lifestyle by eliminating things that generate excessive and unnecessary carbon emissions, either directly or through their manufacture. Simply taking public transit instead of driving, for example, would have a significant impact on the volume of GHG's emitted in every city. Other choices closer to home can also have a tremendous impact, especially if they are adopted en masse.

So I'm compiling a volume of data and suggestions that most people (in the U.S.) can consider as they contemplate how to achieve a greener and healthier future.

Learn a Few Things
It makes sense (to me) to first investigate those solutions that offer the highest and best responses, and then tackle less (comparatively) significant options. To do that, I needed to know what those solutions were and how I could engage with them.

Luckily, the people at Project Drawdown have done the research and provide an evidence-based plan ('cuz science matters) to solve this problem. This quiz allows readers to test their understanding against what the science says regarding the best solutions for climate concerns. They can then determine what they can do based on which actions will have the most impact on the problem.

As for me, I did HORRIBLY on the test, despite my long-time research and attention to the subject. :-(. However, I learned a lot and am now making changes in my daily habits as a result.

For example, I didn't know that wasting food on a global level generates literally millions of tons of carbon, which adds up to eight percent - 8%!!! - of global GHGs. That puts food waste at number three - 3!!! - behind China and the U.S. as the world's biggest polluter. Yikes!

In response, I now intentionally either eat or compost my leftovers or 'old food,' reducing my level of waste and contribution to that 8%.

I also have added more vegetables into my diet, not just to keep my girlish figure, but because the production of plant-based foods creates fewer carbon emissions than the production of meat-based foods.

Take the Climate Change Solutions quiz and see how well you do. Then come back here next week for more information!

Pam Sornson

Posted on July 10, 2019 13:47

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