In case you haven’t thought about it, climate change can be pretty much scary. Yes, a lot of people do not fear the caution right at this moment, and that is entirely understandable. Maybe they still haven’t seen any Earth proven destruction that can alarm them at an extreme level. Some of them may know a thing, but not until they witness it with their eyes; the damage of climate change will remain as a thought. Psychologist Oumar Konare says, “Nowadays, global climate change and environment and wildlife protection have never been more talked about, with the prospect of humankind irremediably damaging our Home. At the same time, this destruction of our environment is taking its toll on us: some natural resources such as oil, soil, and fisheries are being used up, and subsequently conflicts and entrenched hunger are being exacerbated by this scarcity.”
In case there is a slight concern left, let’s find out how we can be proactive in addressing the situation.
How To Help
One way to help in addressing climate change is driving less when we can. If the destination is not that far and is close enough, it might as well consider taking an alternative. There is walking or riding a bike, which is both beneficial for our health, by the way. If in case the location needs vehicle travel, instead of driving our car, we can choose to carpool instead. It might be useful if we use public transportation too. With this simple approach, we get to help reduce vehicle consumption along with its carbon dioxide emission.
This is important because environmental changes affect teens and children as well. “The brains of children and teens are still growing and developing,” notes Lise Van Susteren, a psychologist. “Those growing brains make young people “particularly vulnerable to environmental stressors,” she adds.
One known method that we need to practice diligently is recycling and reusing things when we can. Recycling can impact climate change a lot because recycled products can help save production energy. It can include the production of our food, plastics, cans, gadgets, furniture, etc. Yes, we sometimes excuse ourselves from throwing away stuff because we do not need them anymore. Occasionally, we get no chance of even using it again. But instead of throwing it all out, we can always donate it to charity if the product is still in good condition or give the recyclable materials to recycling companies.
Diet can also create a massive contribution to addressing climate change. Yes, eating less meat is a plus point. As the animal agriculture industry emits large portions of greenhouse gases, frequent consumption of the meat will negatively sustain the emission. No, eating less meat does not necessarily mean we have to go vegan or vegetarian. Allowing a simple meat-less day or using a plant-based option meal once in a while can help a little bit.
The most important thing to do in helping to save the Earth is going through inspiring others. Providing people the right information that helps boost their environmental awareness can create a huge impact. Not only it will cater to the need of understanding climate change, but it also allows the solution to community problems. Some of these are proper waste management disposals, electric reservations, adequate water consumption, and so on.
“Nonetheless,” says Sander van der Linden Ph.D., “the finding that people derive and anticipate internal pleasure from helping to save the planet, even just a little, is something to be harnessed, nurtured, and celebrated.”
The process of spreading the word in the motive of helping the Earth can be as easy as talking to family and friends about climate change issues. We can all work together in building groups and small organizations that allow the local community to partake. As long as we look forward to a healthier and greener future, each of us can help and make a difference.