Climate Action Together: How Can Our Local Communities Become More Eco Friendly?

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Welcome to Climate Action Together! See below for an introductory video.

Why should we care?

Yes, to an extent we all feel the effects of climate change, which that will only worsen with time if no action is taken. However, It can be easy for us to care about climate change for a couple minutes and then forget about it a couple days later, but for the 800 million people currently living in extreme poverty who are the most affected, this is their reality.  The most vulnerable people living in the poorest countries bear the burden of our warming planet. Climate change and poverty are deeply and intrinsically linked, in fact, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “the world’s most vulnerable people—those with fewest resources and options—will suffer the most.” If you have the privilege to do so, it is your moral responsibility to change your lifestyle to protect the defenseless. Change is hard to achieve because of convenience . It’s convenient for us to continue on enjoying our favorite foods and environmentally unfriendly habits, but this self-centered enjoyment can no longer be afforded. 

Raised temperatures lead to excruciating heat waves, prolonged droughts, widespread crop failures, and more. Because many of those living in poverty rely on agriculture to survive, the unreliable crop supply has led to price spikes of goods as well as food shortages. High air temperatures can cause heat stroke and dehydration, and affect people’s cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems. 2.5 billion smallholder farmers, herders and fisheries depend on the climate and natural resources for food and income. The number of undernourished people has been skyrocketing- around 690 million. Mercy Crops states that ” Much of the increase is linked to progressively extreme weather and the growing number of conflicts, which can be driven or exacerbated by climate-related stresses. The 2020 Global Report on Food Crises recently reported its highest number of acutely food insecure people on record, some 135 million people across 55 countries and territories, in part due to climate shocks and natural disasters such as flooding, erratic rain, climate-induced displacement and the devastating locust invasion in East Africa.” 

Only SOME Examples of everyday activities YOU do that contribute to climate change- be aware and learn how you can be a part of the solution!!

  1. Driving by yourself- 73.6% of Americans commute to work by private vehicle every day!

Contributing to one-fifth of the United States’ total warming pollution, car pollution is one of the major causes of climate change. Transportation is California’s largest source of carbon dioxide gas; cars and trucks that transport goods and people create approximately 38% of total climate change emissions. 

  • try bicycling to work!
  • carpool
  • take public transit
  • invest in an electric vehicle

2. eating meat

According to Green Peace, “the climate impact of meat is enormous – roughly equivalent to all the driving and flying of every car, truck and plane in the world. When forests are destroyed to produce industrial meat, billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere, accelerating global warming. “

By reducing your consumption of animal protein by half, you can cut your diet’s carbon footprint by more than 40%!

  • try a plant based diet!
  • try reducing meat intake even by just a little
  • begin to wean off of meat products

3. Having/maintaining a big lawn

Things like gas lawn mowers and leaf blowers release significant amounts of carbon emissions. According to Michigan State University, many if not all commercial fertilizers also produce green house gasses. 

  • reduce lawn space
  • replace with seating spaces
  • have fun drought resistant plant decor instead

4. throwing away excess food/ food waste

The process of disposing of food waste is incredibly harmful to the environment.

  • eat leftovers when they’re fresh
  • start up a compost bin
  • don’t buy excess food – shop with care

5. wasting electricity

According to Green Geeks, “American homes use more than 10,700 kilowatthours each year. With 62.7% of domestic electricity generated by fossil fuel-burning power plants, this runaway usage is a big contributor to GHG.”

  • replace outdated appliances (10 years old +) with high- efficiency models
  •  use energy-saving LED lighting
  • Turning off power bars when not in use to minimize phantom power drain
  • Removing electronic chargers as soon as recharge is complete
  • Installing programmable thermostats to reduce heating and cooling waste

6. using plastic bags from the grocery store

The oil used to produce plastic bags creates massive amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • bring your very own very cool reusable grocery bags

 

TAKE THIS QUIZ TO SEE WHAT YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT 

FEEL FREE TO USE THIS PADLET TO DISCUSS YOUR INITIAL REACTIONS TO FINDING OUT WHAT YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IS 

We are the difference. Although seemly insignificant, when we all work together towards a better future, we are changing the world one person at a time. A lot of the times we aren’t even aware of our own harmful habits and behaviours but once we are, we can adapt our lifestyles accordingly. It’s better to start late than to never start at all. Together, we can! Here are my sources 🙂 

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Hi Lily! I am so proud of you for creating this project and bringing awareness on these topics. Sometimes we go about our lives and day and we forget to stop and consider that small actions can have big impact. I hope that this is the beginning of something bigger that brings positive change around all of us!

  2. Lily, this is a rich and multifaceted project of education, and will be inspiring to all who hear you and see what are you doing. The connections you have made, the engaging opportunities you offer here, and your positive energy and commitment are wonderful. Well done, and thank you!

  3. Hi Lily, I really enjoyed looking at your presentation. I think it’s very important that you mentioned ways that we contribute to climate change because I noticed that I do a lot of these things, but now I know the impact that they have. The graphics you included were all very helpful in conveying your message and they really added to the presentation as a whole. Great job!

  4. Hey Lily, when I think about climate change, I rarely think about the effects it has on things you mentioned like refugees and the poorer population. Good job on raising awareness on this because I think while climate change is a very popular topic, this side of it doesn’t get as much conversation. Also you’ve got some super helpful tips on ways to reduce climate footprints!

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