Climate change has been a hot topic in the news for a while now and you often see various “go green” campaigns encouraging people to be more conscious of how they affect the earth. But how much do these efforts help? Could it be too late to counteract climate change?
“Currently the atmospheric concentration of CO2 (the leading greenhouse gas) is approximately 398.55 parts per million (ppm). According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the federal scientific agency tasked with monitoring the health of our oceans and atmosphere, the current average annual rate of increase of 1.92 ppm means we could reach the point of no return by 2042” (Scientific American). This was written in 2015, and climate change has accelerated more than expected since then. Some environmental groups, such as Greenpeace, say that we must reduce carbon emissions significantly by 2020 in order to prevent “runaway” climate change.
Luckily, small actions can make a big difference in preventing climate change. Weatherproof doors in your house to reduce the need for air conditioning and heating. Replace regular light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Avoid driving (or carpool) as much as possible to reduce the amount of pollution emitted into the atmosphere. Partake in “meatless Mondays” to reduce environmental stress caused by the meat industry. And finally, be conscious to eat all the food you buy to avoid creating additional waste.
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