Despite what you might have heard, climate change is very real and very serious. Scientific studies have proven the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Storms like hurricanes are getting more and more severe. We’re seeing normally warm weather events like tornadoes in the middle of winter. The polar ice caps are melting and as a result, sea levels are rising. If the trend continues, we face the very real possibility of several east coast cities eventually being partially or completely under water.
So what can you do? Plenty. Write to your representatives and senators to urge them to support climate change regulations. Donate to scientific organizations dedicated to fighting and educating about climate change. Talk to your friends and get them involved as well.
Other ways you can help include changing your commute. Cars contribute a tremendous carbon footprint, which contributes to climate change. Take public transportation, ride a bike, or get together with coworkers to create a carpool. Even better, see if you can work from home a few days a week.
Buy environmentally friendly products. Avoid those with excess or non-recyclable packaging. Avoid all types of Styrofoam, including packing peanuts. The manufacturing process contributes greatly to air pollution and the product itself is not biodegradable. Instead it sits in landfills for many years. Landfills are a huge contributor to climate change due to the massive amounts of methane gas they produce. To avoid adding to them, recycle as much as possible. Many cities encourage and even require recycling of paper, plastic, glass and metal. If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers instead of disposable. Buy a steel or plastic water bottle that you can refill instead of buying packs of bottled water. Those plastic bottles build up in landfills and take many years to breakdown.
If you are really serious about fighting climate change, consider getting a degree in environmental science, meteorology or engineering and make climate change research your career. You can get started at online-engineering.case.edu. If you don’t want to make that kind of commitment, volunteer for non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental protection or climate change. Education is the strongest weapon of all.
Talk about climate change on social media. Direct people to solid, legit information sources and away from the plethora of fake news and propaganda sites. Don’t be afraid to correct misinformation or educate people.