Simple Ways We Can Start Fighting Climate Change


Published:

According to NASA, the average surface temperature of the planet has risen 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1800s, something that’s primarily driven by an increase of carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere. The organization reports that the five warmest years on record have taken place since 2010, with the current warming trend of particular significance due to the greater than 95 percent probability that it’s the result of human activity and is proceeding at an unprecedented rate. As individuals, we can help fight climate change by adopting some rather simple daily habits.

Consume Less

Consume less by reducing the amount of new things that you buy, and when you must purchase, try buying reused or recycled items. Take advantage of secondhand markets or search through classifieds. Oftentimes you can find goods that are barely used at a much lower cost than what you’d find new. Instead of tossing out items you no longer need, recycle whatever materials you can, or give them to someone who can make use of them. Changes in material consumption patterns and proper waste disposal not only save money, they can have a significant impact when it comes to slowing the effects of climate change.

Reduce Emissions

There are many ways to reduce emissions. Instead of driving, walk or bike as often as you can; you’ll be benefiting your health and the environment at the same time. Other options include car sharing, public transportation, and switching to a hybrid or electric vehicle. When you must drive, keep in mind that every mile you increase your speed, increases carbon dioxide emissions (and expenses) considerably. Lots of our daily driving involves frequent trips close by our homes. Consider combining trips for errand running or shopping to help reduce the miles you need to travel.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

Chemicals in household cleaning products can significantly harm the environment, contributing to climate change. Whether they are poured down the drain or released into the air, they pollute the air we breathe, the water we drink, and also have toxic effects on aquatic species. Whenever possible, use products with natural ingredients or make your own cleaners using non-toxic household staples like lemon, baking soda and vinegar.

Avoid Farmed Fish

Farmed fish is as bad for the environment as it is for your health, since fish feed on a diet heavily supplemented with antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals. Fish often escape their engineered habitats, which then spreads disease to natural ecosystems. Wild fish are needed as part of an interconnected web, feeding on other species, protecting watersheds and nourishing ecosystems.

Limit Flushing

Flushing every single time you use the toilet wastes a significant amount of water, causing unnecessary processing with chemical additives at the water treatment facility. Try following the rhyme, “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down,” as one of the easiest good habits to start. Even if you remember only occasionally, it can still make a difference in the amount of water wasted.

Watch That Thermostat

Nearly half of a home's energy consumption is due to heating and cooling. Keeping your thermostat down in chillier weather and higher in warmer weather can make a big difference in energy use and the impact you have on the environment. At night, and while you're away, your thermostat should be set no higher than 55 degrees. During hot weather try to avoid turning on the air conditioning and use fans instead. Keeping shades down and avoiding activities that generate heat such as running a clothes dryer until after sunset can help too.

Eric Adamczyk is a health and environmental writer who enjoys sharing information and helpful tips to increase wellness for people and the planet.

See also:
How Making Can Help Us Shop Less
Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral To Fighting Climate Change

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

January 29, 2020

Pisces Moon time evokes deep-seated feelings and memories. Don’t be surprised if your dreams involve departed friends and relatives or otherworldly experiences. By sunrise the Moon is in Aries, clearing the air of emotional baggage and directing…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

January 2020

What is an animal totem/power animal? Does everyone have them? Do animals communicate with us? Join us! Get these questions answered and more. We will explore the world of animals, learn how...

Cost: $65

Where:
Private Office
Andover, MA


Sponsor: Diana Harris
Contact Name: Diana Harris
Website »

More information

Come shine with us! Join us in harmony and in our goal to bring the light of Spiritualism forward to all those who are searching.

Where:
VFW Post 2597
775 Boston Rd, Rt 3A
Billerica, MA
View map »


Sponsor: The Spiritualist Fellowship Church Of New England
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join the Initiating Inspiration Book Club, a partnership with the Waltham Public Library and the Agape Spiritual Community. We are reading Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Copies of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waltham Public Library
735 Main Street
Waltham, MA  02451
View map »


Sponsor: Waltham Public Library
Telephone: 781-314-3429
Contact Name: Louise Goldstein
Website »

More information

Discover Beauty. Discover Goodness. Discover Yourself. Your soul’s gifts are waiting. Breathe. Find stillness. The spark you need to ignite your life is here, within. Max Meditation...

Cost: $15

Where:
Modern Mystery School Boston
132 Charles St
3rd Floor
Auburndale, MA  02466
View map »


Sponsor: Modern Mystery School Boston
Telephone: 617-694-0994
Contact Name: Jordan Bain
Website »

More information

2nd and 4th Monday of every month This psychic message circle is for anyone wishing to raise their connection using their psychic centers known as the “clairs.” Learn how to use...

Cost: $20

Where:
Messages From Heaven Healing and Learning Center
646 Central Street
Suite 3
Leominster, MA
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join us for this special evening with Magdalena of My Metaphysical Maven. The topic is fear and anxiety and how to tell what's anxiety versus what's a message from the universe. We'll...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waltham Public Library
735 Main Street
Waltham, MA  02451
View map »


Sponsor: Waltham Public Library
Telephone: 781-314-3441
Contact Name: Debora Hoffman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Did you know that practicing energetic hygiene plays an important role in maintaining a healthy mind, body, spirit and even your home? Everything is made up of energy including us! Energy can...

Cost: $10

Where:
Center For Inner Wellness
26B Main Street
Chester, MA  01011
View map »


Sponsor: Center For Inner Wellness
Telephone: 413-315-1133
Contact Name: Maureen Suriner
Website »

More information

January 29–March 25 With Jody Daniels, MBA and Natalia Cepeda, MA Why take Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)? To better manage your stress and enhance...

Cost: $600–$650

Where:
CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion
1035 Cambridge St
Suite 21A
Cambridge, MA  02141
View map »


Telephone: 617-591-6132
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Join the Marion Institute for our Winter Film Series, a curated line-up of health documentaries that will change the way you think about food, medicine, and disease. Each film will be followed...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Luke’s Hospital McBratney Amphitheater
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA  02740
View map »


Sponsor: Marion Institute
Telephone: 508-748-0816
Contact Name: Patti Rego
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

"Master your breath, let the self be in bliss, contemplate on the sublime within you.” —Krishnamacharya Join us for an evening of deep exploration and transformation using the...

Cost: $40

Where:
Friends Meeting House
5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge, MA  02138
View map »


Sponsor: Allen Howell, M.Ed. LMHC
Website »

More information

A fundraising evening of song, stories, and slideshow honoring the migrants seeking political asylum in the US. Co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice group of Cambridge Friends...

Where:
Cambridge Friends Meeting House
(in the Friends Rm)
5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge , MA  02138
View map »

More information

January 31–February 2, 2020 Enjoy heart-opening talks, music, spiritual discussion, connect with like-minded people. Free and open to the public. Attend any or all sessions.  Guest...

Where:
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
Springfield, MA


Telephone: (508) 754-9042
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Led by Chuck Raffoni ( E-RYT200) named a “person making postiive change in the world for the LGBTQ Community” by Pride Connections and featured on NBC's Today Show for...

Cost: $50

Where:
The Athlete's Yoga
Woburn, MA


Sponsor: www.yogawithchuck.com
Contact Name: Chuck
Website »

More information

Participate in the fourth annual Lincoln Holistic Wellness Fair!  Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00am–5:00pm in Lincoln, Massachusetts The Lincoln Holistic Wellness Fair...

Cost: $50

Where:
The Pierce House
17 Weston Road
Lincoln, MA  01773
View map »


Sponsor: Lincoln Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 781-738-1920
Contact Name: Jai Kaur

More information

This free event showcases an impressive variety of wellness practitioners offering complimentary sample treatments, short classes, demos, presentations, and healthy treats. Mark your calendars...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Pierce House
17 Weston Road
Lincoln, MA  01773
View map »


Sponsor: Lincoln Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 781-738-1920
Contact Name: Jai Kaur

More information

Get a personal teaching for Brother Granite's new Visionary Shamanism Tarot. This class includes the new Visionary Shamanism Tarot deck as well a 90 minute one on one class with Brother Granite...

Cost: $80

Where:
407 Deans Plaza
407 Rte 44
The Enchanted Forest Taunton
Raynham, MA  02767
View map »


Sponsor: Brother Granite
Telephone: 774-208-6195
Contact Name: Granite
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags