Environmentalists across the world have a lot of major wins in the past five years. In 2015, the Paris Agreement acknowledged that human activity has a heavy influence on climate change and created a goal to limit the increase of global warming. This year, several animal species such as the lesser long-nosed bat, Yellowstone’s grizzly bear, and the American wood stork were taken off the endangered list as their numbers have successfully recovered from threatened extinction.
Even though these are huge accomplishments with effects that will reverberate throughout the world, the smaller achievements also matter. No matter what age you are, you have the power to make a change. The economic, social, and political aspects of environmental change are all deeply connected, so affirmative action in one of them will resonate through the others. Here are some of our top tips for you to get started.
If a friend or a family member tells you that they do not believe in climate change, take the chance to practice your skills in advocacy and help raise awareness to catalyze a change of heart. If he’s an animal lover, you can talk about the different species that are affected by climate change. If he’s concerned about healthcare, let them know about the various health impacts of climate change. If he cares about the economy more than anything else, you can also discuss the challenges that climate change poses to the agricultural industry.
Start at Home
There are many things that you can do for the environment right within the comfort of your own home. You can start recycling your household waste, reduce your energy and water consumption, or plant more trees in your backyard. If you maintain a garden, you can try using chemicals that have less detrimental effects on the environment. There are numerous green fertilizers and herbicides that are available in the market right now, so making the switch would not be too difficult for you.