Climate change or global warming causes extreme weather conditions such as higher temperatures in the summer, heavy rainfall that causes flooding, wildfires, hurricanes and weather patterns that don’t fit with the season. Extreme weather affects plants, animals and humans.
Here in the UK climate change is becoming more noticeable with very high summer temperatures and heavy rainfall that results in flooding of homes and businesses. The levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have been increasing since the industrial revolution of the 1800s. However, in 2018 the highest levels of carbon dioxide emissions were recorded at 37.1 billion tonnes.
There are 2 main ways to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, both are needed to reduce climate change.
- Stop producing as much carbon dioxide this means switching to technologies that don’t produce carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases.
- Remove some of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stored it. This is known as carbon sequestration and there are natural processes that do this.
5 ways to reduce climate change
Climate change is a huge complex issue and these 5 actions won’t solve climate change, but if lots of people start taking action and doing things differently then over time carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere will reduce.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.Dr Jane Goodall
1. Change to a renewable energy supplier
Changing to a renewable energy supplier like Good Energy means that you will be supporting the renewable energy industry and reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity you use at home.
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2. Reduce Food Waste
Disposing of food in landfill means the food will rot and produce methane, which also causes climate change. Reducing food waste means you will save money as well as reducing climate change.
3. Buy Organic
Organic farming works to create a healthy soil which grows stronger plants, holds more water and carbon dioxide than soils farmed using traditional methods. Less chemicals and fertilisers are used both of which need energy and resources to make them and transport them.
Increasing the amount of healthy organic soils will act as a carbon sink and sequester carbon and store it safely.
4. Trees and Forests
Support charities that plant trees and protect forests. Trees like healthy organic soil take in carbon dioxide and store it in their trunks and branches acting as carbon sinks. My favourite charity is the Word Forest Organisation, they plant trees and build schools in Kenya.
5. Educate and Empower women and girls
Supporting charities and initiatives that educate and empower women and girls all over the world has many benefits to society and the environment. Girls who stay in education for longer are likely to have less children. Educating women smallholders means they have more productive farms and can afford to send their children to school.
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