By Anis Shakirah Mohd Muslimin, Sunway Group Branding Marketing & Communications
- The climate is rapidly changing, and so should we.
- By modifying how we live, we can reduce our carbon footprint, and hopefully, help slow down the effects of climate change.
412 parts per million; Is the amount of concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere as of September 2019 – the highest it has been in three million years, according to NASA Global Climate Change.
But that is just one observable effect of climate change. Other noticeable changes include shrinking glaciers, breaking ice caps in rivers and lakes, rising temperatures, accelerated sea levels, increasingly intense heat waves, shifting plants and trees, and more, according to NASA Global Climate Change.
Climate change is real and it poses a serious threat to mankind! But fret not, there are plenty of tangible actions that you can take to help alleviate – or at least delay – the effects of climate change.
Here’s a handy and simple guide on what you can do to fight climate change:
Vote for change
Everything begins with awareness. The next step is to be vocal about it. No change ever comes from being silent. Don’t let your fears stop you from taking the proper steps to create change. One could start by electing leaders that are ready to take bold actions against climate change. Send letters to your local and state-level leaders. It’s important that they too, are aware of the importance of fighting climate change. Let your voice be heard.
Be conservative with energy use
It sounds simple doesn’t it? Well it is! Not only does saving energy helps save money, it also reduces emissions as well. Reducing energy consumption is one of the easiest ways of minimising the negative impacts associated with energy use. Some simple steps to take include using energy-efficient light bulbs, unplugging computers, TVs, and other electronics when not in use. You may even wash your clothes in cold and warm water.
There’s perhaps no better way to reduce climate change than by utilising renewable energy or “clean energy”. Renewable energy can help improve public health. The air and water pollution emitted by natural gas plants is linked with breathing problems, neurological damage, cancer, premature death, and other serious health issues. In fact, nearly 40% of carbon dioxide pollution in the United States originates from power plants burning fossil fuels, according to the World Wild Fund.
What can you do? It could be as simple as using solar energy to power the lighting in your house.
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Ideally, we nip climate change in the bud by taking action against manufacturing plants – the largest producers of greenhouse gasses per year. But seeing how potentially unrealistic that is, a cleaner alternative would be to invest in recycling. Not only is it cost-effective, recycling doesn’t emit greenhouse gasses into the environment. So don’t throw out your discarded paper, glass, plastic, and electronic wastes. Instead, give these items a new life by recycling them.
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In today’s world, we value convenience. Cars are the modern-day conveniences that we often take for granted. But there’s a downside to driving – millions of cars emit greenhouse gases that could destroy our atmosphere. In fact, 28.9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are generated by the transportation sector, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. From that number, over 90 percent of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum-based, which includes primarily gasoline and diesel.
Some green alternatives for your commute include taking public transportation, riding your bike to work, or perhaps just plain walking – the latter is also a great way to get some much-needed exercise!
Be the change! Learn more about Sustainability.
Learning about the significance of climate change and sustainability is now at the tip of your fingers! Head over to the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development at Sunway University which offers the Master of Sustainable Development Management programme.
The goal of the programme is to develop a new generation of multidisciplinary practitioners adept at management and problem solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns.
It is open to passionate, ambitious people with practical ideas and technical know-how to achieve positive environmental, social and development outcomes.