It is hard to ignore that flooding, tornadoes and other “natural” disasters seem to be a regular occurrence. Some of the top scientists in the world agree that climate change is indeed real. But what is difficult to determine and where disagreements continue, is whether the climate change problems are a natural occurrence or if they are man made. That is still an ongoing heated debate both scientifically and politically and a conversation for another day.
The Big Debate
Most scientists agree that fracking, drilling for oil and the increase in CO2 are causing global warming, And a few folks do not believe that climate change is happening so the big debate goes on while many people in spite of the arguments are looking at ways to mitigate the effects of global warming. If you follow the research and proposed solutions it can be pretty overwhelming. How can we just sit around and wait for the debate to end for someone to really take massive action? How can we become part of the solution instead of part of the problem?
It Takes a Village
While individually we can’t find a solution for climate changes, there are some steps we can take now and in the future to do our part and as a collective consciousness there are small steps that we can start doing that will have an impact on the world we live in.
- Buy minimally packaged goods
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal. Reuse, mend, and repurpose things to save money and divert waste from your local landfill
- Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
- Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models.
- Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water
- Run dishwashers only when full and don’t use heat to dry dishes
Yes, climate change might seem insurmountable but one by one if we join together, we can make a difference. It really does take a village. Are you in?