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How Can Each of Us Slow Climate Change? by City Tech Blogger Corey Fung

Climate change can be defined by the increased temperatures and patterns from the increase of carbon dioxide in the air. The main source of the increased carbon dioxide is from our burning more fossil fuels than before. Driving more cars, using more electric power, and using more oil are all causing us to burn more fossil fuels now than in the past. We can see the effects of climate change throughout the world. Arctic ice is melting faster than usual; as a result, increased floods, storms, and higher temperatures will all negatively affect both humans and animals. Within the past few decades, we have seen an increase in natural disasters and their negative effects. Some people are denying that climate change even exists, but they will feel the effects of it once climate change becomes bigger, and we are unable to slow its effects.

Now what can we all do to impact climate change in our lives? The first and hardest step is to speak up and spread awareness to people. Many people believe that the future effects of climate change will not affect them. However, at the rate that we burn fossil fuels, the effects of climate change will come faster than what we expected. We are also endangering future populations by only recklessly thinking about ourselves. They will face the consequences of our actions. In the hope of spreading more news about climate change, I hope others will take it seriously and change. By speaking up to people, the hope is that they will also spread the word about climate change, because it is a huge problem. Start by speaking to your family, friends, and even to people online. Then we can consider contacting our representatives in the hope that they will also make a change.

Another way we can impact climate change is to use less non-renewable energy and instead use more renewable energy. Using less energy is easy to do, but for most people, the problem is being forgetful. For example, people forget to turn on/off the lights when they aren’t in use anymore. Oftentimes, people waste energy for no particular reason at all, and they are unknowingly hurting the environment as a result. Switching to renewable energy is cheaper on your energy bills and more effective than non-renewable energy. It doesn’t run out, and it has both health and environmental benefits. Consider switching to a company that uses renewable energy.

In addition, we can impact climate change by reducing the amount of waste we create. Reducing waste will save not only energy but also money. Reducing the amount of water waste will reduce the amount of pollution in the air. Also, people waste a lot of food, and that is a big problem. You should eat most, if not all, of the food you buy and produce. Also, you should recycle your waste in the correct bins, as most of it ends up in landfills.

Lastly, we can impact climate change by educating people to drive less, if possible, and take public transportation such as the bus or the train. Driving cars that release fossil fuels into the air is one of the leading causes of climate change. Switching to electric or hybrids cars will not only save you fuel and money, but it will help the environment and allow us to save gas. Even if you walk to a location (instead of driving), that will help reduce the fossil fuel emissions in the air.

 

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