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How You Can Help Control Climate Change

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

Believing is good, but believing blindly in something that is merely an assumption causes us to take things for granted. This blind belief we have that someday things will become better for the planet, that one day forests will flourish again, that endangered species will no longer be struggling for survival, that the ice-caps wont melt and climate change will be a myth and a thing of the past, are things that we can only childishly hope for. What we need to realize that every drop makes an ocean and if we don’t pull up our socks and invest our 110%, then things might just become a little too late too fast. Climate change is a reality and a threat. It is not something that we should fear in our future, but the horrors of which we are currently experiencing in the present. Tackling climate change hands-on isn’t a trend that we ought to follow, it’s become a necessity. There are plenty of reasons (and more) why we should be terrified of this phenomenon, while we are one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, we also rank fourth in the list of largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters! And while it’s a little intimidating to think what can we, as tiny individuals, do to battle this ‘epidemic’, the fact is that every single individual counts. Given that the holiday season is around the corner and we’re all looking to do something nice for one another, why not make an impact on a larger scale and bring about a positive change in the world by doing our bit for the planet. Here are a few simple things that you can do every day to help control climate change and make this a better place to live in for you and the generations to come.

Every Drop Counts

Conserving water has a big part to play with respect to controlling climate change – it reduces energy requirements and carbon emissions as well. The amount of water wastage that happens in an urban household on a normal day is appalling and the best part is that we don’t even realize it. Make sure you regularly fix drips and leaks, install low-flow shower heads and remember to turn off the faucet when you don’t need it. You can even make it fun by challenge yourself to a speed shower.

Be Energy Efficient

How many times have you left a room with the lights still on? How many times have you turned on the air-conditioner even though it wasn’t that hot outside? The truth is that we’re all guilty of doing such things pretty regularly without understanding the effects it can have on climate change. Adopt energy-saving habits, become more energy efficient, unplug electronics, switch to compact fluorescents or LEDs and start using energy-efficient consumer products. Once you start saving, you’ll never go back!

Green Commute

One of the greatest threats to the planet as of today is excessive pollution and is a significant cause for climate change. Finding ways to reduce pollution has become critical and one of the best ways to do this by adopting greener (and leaner) means of commute. For example, instead of taking the car or the bus to work, you can cycle or even try walking, if distance permits. If you happen to say too far and neither of the two are viable options, consider pooling it with your colleagues who live in the same area, that way you’ll be reducing the number of cars out on the road and thereby pollution. Besides, if you have the option of making a difference not only to the planet but to yourself, health wise, then why not!

Reuse & Recycle

Reduce, reuse, recycle –  this phrase comes like a blast from the past! Remember Captain Planet and how he used to say this in every episode? Well, little did we realize what an important philosophy it was. One of the reasons behind climate change is waste and excess. When we begin to reuse and recycle things, the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites is reduced and given that there is no need for any extra amounts of energy for recycling and that others can benefit from your used items, it’s a win-win for all! Instead of discarding things try and reuse them as much as possible, segregate your waste into wet, dry and plastic at home so that you can enable the people who collects them to recycle better. Better late than never, right?

Get Involved

Last but not the least, behaving like an onlooker and speculating from afar won’t do anybody any good. If you want to be a part of this movement of fighting climate change and giving the planet a new lease of life, then you have to get your hands dirty! Form a task force and begin cleaning and purification drives, get in touch with legitimate organizations and donate, contact your local political parties and work together to bring about a difference in the neighborhood, conduct educational and informative forums where LinkedIn people can come and share their concerns and ideas. Remind people around you and yourself every day that it’s the little things that count and that the situation literally is a now or never. The only way to proactively help control climate change is to get involved ourselves. If we want to see the change then we must start by being the change!

This planet is our biggest gift and we should show our gratitude before it’s too late!

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