As the world warms, winter seasons are getting shorter, outrageous climate occasions are increasingly frequent and serious, ocean levels are rising, prolonged droughts are putting pressure on agriculture, and many plants and animal species are driven to extinction. It’s difficult to imagine what students can do to solve this climate change. We cannot stop climate change, however, we can help to slow climate change. One way is to reduce our meat consumption. We don’t need to become a full vegetarian but just cutting out a 1/3lb burger is equivalent to the amount of water used for months of showering. Another way is to reduce water waste. By saving water, we can reduce carbon pollution, because it takes a lot of energy to pump and heat water. So, turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or change to WaterSensed labeled devices. The United States Environmental Protection Agency evaluates that if only one out of each 100 American homes were retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, tons of kilowatt-hours of electricity per year would be saved and tons of global warming pollution would be avoided.
A third way is not to waste electricity like switching on fans or light for no reason. Pull the plugs because the outlets in your house are likely controlling around 35 different devices—a normal burden for a home in the U.S. with sound and video gadgets, cordless vacuums, power devices, and different hardware are still in use when they’re not charging. This “inactive burden” throughout the U.S.’ family units mean the yield of 50 huge power plants in the U.S. So, don’t leave completely charged devices connected to your home’s outlets, unplug occasionally utilized devices, and alter your PCs and screens to automatically power down to the most minimal power mode when not being used. Another thing we can do is to drive a fuel-efficient vehicle. For example, hybrids and completely electric vehicles, spare fuel and money. When all autos and light trucks fulfill 2025’s clean car standards, which implies averaging 54.5 miles per gallon, that will be a milestone. What’s more, relative to the national fleet of vehicles that have an average of 28.3 miles per gallon in 2011, Americans will spend $80 billion less every year and cut pollution caused by vehicles by half.
A solid planet and stable atmosphere aren’t political issues. It’s about families, networks, communities, and humankind’s future. We cannot stop climate change now but there are still ways to slow it and it’s essential to get everybody ready, progressing in the direction of working towards a climate solution. We as students can help slow climate change by doing little things if we understand how interconnected the effects of climate change are, there would be people from every discipline that would follow. Small things in our daily life like not using plastic bags, living in walkable development urban areas, and towns with quality open transportation leads to less driving, less cash spent on fuel, using public transport instead of your own vehicles, planting trees, set up sinking holes to harvest rainwater, etc. Also, forming groups with your friends to help campaign to not waste fossil fuels and to discuss how to solve some global warming issues in your area. Another thing is to reduce our waste production, if possible, reuse or recycle. Tell your parents what we are doing to solve climate change and ask them to implement the same.
Here’s a 1 minute video to watch about what you can do on a personal level to slow global warming: