Climate Change – There is No Planet B News item posted on : Monday November 16th 2020
October marked the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. This is a welcoming change for many people across our nation. Struggling through a global pandemic, hurricanes and wildfires, all of which affect the daily lives of Americans. Although the wildfires affected the Westcoast, and the hurricanes affected the South, we all see the affects that climate change has on the world.
As the world has warmed, the climate has changed. It is more prevalent than ever that climate change affects the likelihood of heat waves, ocean heat waves, droughts and intense storms. CBS News reported that many Americans now believe climate change is contributing to extreme weather. Extreme weather and climate events have increased in recent decades. In 2020, we have had 28 named storms, 9 hurricanes and over 47,500 fires that burned nearly 8.6 million acres this year. According to NOAA, in the year 2000 there we 15 cyclones and 8 became hurricanes which is significantly less than future years. Every year since 2000, an average of 71,300 wildfires burned an average of 6.9 million acres. This figure is more than doubled the average annual acreage burned in the 1990’s (3.3 million acres), according to the Congressional Research Service. These are just a few statistics that show how rising temperatures are causing our world to change. Below are a few steps you can take to help slow climate change.
- Speak up: voice your concerns to your friends and family. By voicing your concerns – via social media, face to face or however you want to do it – you send a message that you care about the warming world.
- Reduce water waste: take shorter showers, turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, turn the water off while shaving, etc. All these steps will help reduce carbon pollution.
- Eat the food you buy: Approximately 10% of U.S. energy goes into growing, processing and packaging food. Unfortunately, 40% of that winds up in the landfill. Waste less food and cut down on energy consumption.
- Green your commute: Transportation accounts for a large percent of climate-polluting emissions. Save the planet and a few bucks by riding a bike, carpool, and fly less (if you do fly, offset your emissions here)
- Avoid Plastic – wherever you can: Plastic has found its way almost everywhere – clothing, cosmetics, packaging, in rivers, in the oceans, on the streets and even in our air. Cut down on your plastic consumptions to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Avoid one use plastics – straws, lids, cutlery bags, etc. Switch from one time use plastic water bottles to reusable water bottles. Purchase a reusable straw, switch from plastic to paper. Do what you can to help our planet.
Both big and small changes can help you reduce your carbon footprint and helps our planet take steps closer to a healthier climate.