10 WAYS TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
1. Choose Renewables
Renewable energy is the best choice when it comes to the environment and the economy. With costs dropping every day, it’s becoming more and more obtainable to make the switch! Join the global movement towards cleaner and healthier energy!
Are you CHARGED UP about renewable energy? Click here to tell the federal government that the global rush for renewables is on and you want Canada to be a part of it!
2. “GO” Green
In Canada, 24% of climate-polluting emissions is caused by transportation - a close second to the oil and gas industry.
Ways to reduce your transportation emissions:
- Take Public Transit
- Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle (#goals)
- Fly less ( when you do fly, consider offsetting your emissions - read more about this HERE)
Now, we're not saying you have to commit 100% to any of these things, but perhaps try to opt for some of these things more often!
3. Be Mindful of your Energy Consumption
Did you know that on a per capita basis, Canada is one of the top energy consumers in the world? Use energy wisely. In doing so, you will pollute less and save money!
Ways to reduce energy usage:
- Switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs.
- Unplug electronics when not in use.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Wash clothing in cold or warm water - not hot.
- Avoid the dryer (energy hogs), hang dry when you can, and use dryer balls when you can’t! (Dryer balls actually help the load dry more quickly!)
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Look for the Energy Star Label when buying new appliances.
- Winterize your home to prevent heat from escaping.
4. ‘Help put a price on pollution’ - Advice from David Susuki
“Putting a price on carbon is one of the most important pillars of any strong climate policy. Carbon pricing sounds boring, but it helps makes polluting activities more expensive and green solutions relatively more affordable, allowing your energy-efficient business and/or household to save money!
Most market economists agree that pricing carbon is an efficient and business-friendly way to reduce emissions. The federal government is working with the provinces and territories to put a national price on carbon, but they need your support.”
5. Consume Less / Be a Conscious Consumer
So many of our lives are controlled by the desire or need to consume - to have more. Advertising and social media make us feel like we constantly need to be up to date, to be ‘on trend’. But that’s not the way things have to be! Let’s redirect our focus on the important things - finding joy in what we have, in nature, in family and friends. Rewiring our brains to bring out the creative in us! We all have the ability to create. Lets use that gift to make, fix, upcycle, repurpose, and redesign.
Ways to consume less / be a conscious consumer :
- Look into participating in local clothing swaps.
- Join in on the 10x10 challenge .
- Borrow from a friend or neighbour .
- Purchase secondhand.
- Invest in what you have - Maybe you have an old pair of shoes with a hole? Find a local cobbler!
- Learn to fix things yourself - find a youtube video- build your skills!
6. Divest from fossil fuels
"Let industry know you care about climate change by making sure any investments you and your university, workplace or pension fund make do not include fossil fuels. Meet with your bank or investment adviser and/or join a divestment campaign at your university.
Fossil fuels are a sunset industry. They’re a risk for investors and the planet. As Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “I don’t want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged.”
7. Invest in renewables
"Even if you can’t install solar panels or a wind turbine, you can still be a part of the clean-energy economy. Search online for local renewable energy co-ops to join. By becoming a co-op member you will own a slice of its renewable energy projects and can get a return on your investment.
You can also speak to your financial adviser about clean energy/technology investments." -davidsuzuki.org
8. Eat Sustainably
One of the simplest changes you can make!
Here are some easy steps to reduce your diets climate impact:
- Buy organic and locally whenever possible
- Grow your own food.
- Don’t waste food.
I highly recommend watching videos that show the entire process of food being grown and harvested. You’ll begin to see your food in a different light. For example, imagine… each vegetable grew from a seed. It was watered, cared for, tended to… And then the seed sprouted, and it grew, and grew, and grew. Until it was ready to be harvested. It is harvest, packed, transported to a distributor and then transported to your grocery store. You purchase the vegetable, bring it home and put it in the crisper drawer of your fridge (which is sucking up lots of energy to keep your food fresh). Ideally, you eat the vegetable before it starts to go bad, but, lets be honest… sometimes that doesn’t happen. We all do it! It’s important to be mindful of what you’re buying. Imagine you grew that vegetable yourself! Would you let it spoil? Or would you cherish every bite? Bring that mindfulness to the table every time you eat! :)
- Eat meat-free meals. If you do eat meat, do your research, know who you’re buying from. We don’t mean you should go full on Portlandia “Farm” episode! But look into where your food is coming from and how it was raised.
"All levels of government, from municipal to federal, can have a big effect on our ability to lower emissions, prepare and adapt to climate change and shift to a clean-energy economy.
Make sure you are registered to vote and then get informed for all elections — not just the federal ones that get most of the media attention. Research the party, ask questions about climate change at town halls or debates and let your candidates know you are voting for the climate. Candidates often hold a wide range of positions on climate change, so your vote really matters.
If you are too young to vote, encourage your class or school to join a Student Vote program, a parallel election for students under voting age that provides the opportunity to experience participation in the election process."
- New Brunswick provincial: September 24, 2018
- Quebec provincial: October 1, 2018
- Northwest Territories municipal: October 15, 2018, and December 10, 2018
- Yukon municipal: October 18, 2018
- B.C. municipal: October 20, 2018
- Ontario municipal: October 22, 2018
- Manitoba municipal: October 24, 2018
- Prince Edward Island municipal: November 5, 2018
The first step is registering to vote. You can start with that now. - davidsuzuki.org
10. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW!
- Share your knowledge in a non-judgmental way.
- Make sure people feel welcomed and never scrutinized.
- Recognize that we are all on different points of our journey and that even one small change is a step in the right direction!