There is an abundance of evidence, global attention and a plethora of experts speaking about the impacts and emergence of climate change. Doubting it’s real is very quickly shifting from the popular opinion to those with a closed mind. In many circles the debate has shifted to what is causing it, is it man-made or just a cyclical thing? Either way action is needed right now. Knowing it is real and doing something about it are two very different things. Once you view climate change as a real and pressing issue, it’s important to turn your attention to the things you can do to help lower your impact and help to encourage others to do the same.
Some may remember the great existential threat posed by the hole in the ozone layer. The worlds took action; CFCs were banned and the hole in the ozone layer is nowhere near the issue it once was. Now we have the reality of climate change. We know that individual action can make a difference.
If you are here as a result of learning that climate change is real, here are some of the ways you can help. We’re proud to service a community of socially conscious customers at CartridgesDirect, but there is more that we can all be doing beyond using recycled printer cartridges.
Meat the climate halfway
As an individual, changing your habits and routine can help lower your impact on climate change. One of the more effective changes is how much meat you consume. Cattle produce a large amount of greenhouse gases which are contributing significantly to the climate change problem. Our consumption and ultimate demand for the meat from these cattle is what is causing this problem. To lower your impact, try eating less meat and instead opting for a plant-based diet, preferably sourced from local growers in your area. It may seem like a small change, but cumulatively if everyone halved their meat intake, greenhouse gases would be reduced significantly, leading to a reduction in the number of cattle required, not to mention the land being cleared to farm them.
Use your legs more
It is probably not possible to get every human being on earth to give up their car or get governments to abandon public transport like buses. Lowering your reliance on your car where you can is still very beneficial. Lowering your car usage is about making small changes, like walking to the shops instead of driving, or getting public transport to work. Making small changes in driving habits will not only help lower emissions, but it will help increase your incidental exercise as well. That is a positive health outcome for you and the planet.
Smarter energy sources
In summer it is hot and in winter, it is cold. These are not surprising revelations. What might be a surprise is the amount of emissions that are damaging the planet as a result of homes trying to cool or heat up in each season. Households generate seven tonnes of greenhouse gases in a single year trying to manage their internal climate. Making smarter choices in your household can have surprisingly significant impacts on emissions. Try insulating your home, using more energy-efficient appliances or installing solar panels. All of these options will help reduce your household impact on our environment and ease the impact on your wallet as well.
Climate change may not be as important to the companies you use as it is to you. As an individual, making an impact on climate change is about making sure the companies you use for your banking, clothing and even printer ink cartridges. Banks often invest in fossil fuel industries, clothing companies contribute to landfill and waste, and the food industry transportation contributes large amounts of emissions each year. A good place to start is to audit your current providers for their corporate social responsibility and commitment to helping stop climate change. It may seem like a hassle, but making ethical choices is the best way to enact change.
Whether we like it or not, climate change is real and it is happening right now. Irrespective of whether the cause is humankind or not, the challenge to help stop it is ours and ours alone. The good news is there is a lot you can do as an individual to help have an impact and show others how to do the same.
CartridgesDirect is proud to be part of the movement, educating and enforcing the recycling of printer cartridges. To find out how you can mobilise your efforts at home or work, visit CartridgesDirect online or call 1300 765 575.