Climate change needs to be taken seriously and it isn’t a topic for the faint hearted. There are many sceptics that believe that the temperature fluctuations that the Earth is experiencing is normal and that human involvement isn’t causing the Earth’s average temperature to rise. Professor Brian Cox had a public dispute on Australian National television with politician Malcolm Roberts over the issue.
Even Presidential candidate Donald Trump has voiced his disbelief on the threat of climate change, passing it off as a ‘temperature fluctuation’.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the future of the planet because it can lead to problems such as rising seawaters, excessive temperatures, population displacement and the destruction of ecosystems. The more temperatures continue to rise, the more likely future generations will experience the ill effects of climate change.
The Paris Agreement was ratified in an attempt to curb the human element that contributes to global warming. Carbon emissions has been linked to global warming.
What can be done to minimise the human element towards carbon emissions?
Encourage people to adopt energy-saving habits.
It’s important that people become aware of how their habits affect the environment. For example, people that leave electrical items such as heaters or lights on when they aren’t in use. By switching off these items when they aren’t being used, they will personally minimise their contribution to carbon emissions.
Schools have already started to teach young children about the importance of these habits, however it needs to be instilled in all people from all parts of society. Leaders that are a stakeholder in organisations that contribute to carbon emissions need to take responsibility and educate the public on energy-efficient behaviours.
Invest in energy efficient technology.
Investing in energy-efficient technology is the best shot that we have for minimising carbon emissions. Energy consumption is essential to our economy and lifestyle. There’s only so much that can be achieved through habitual changes, however, technological advances can significantly minimise the amount of energy consumption without forcing people to change their habits.
The most notable technological advancement has been LED lights. Although they cost slightly more than incandescent bulbs, LED lights can minimise energy consumption by up to 80%, thus minimizing the demand from fossil-fuel energy providers and minimizing the contribution of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
Businesses like LED tube lighting specialists Savewise are partnering with national and state governments to help rollout LED lighting to help businesses and organisations achieve their sustainability goals.
Partner with a renewable energy supplier.
Where it is available, try to partner with an energy supplier that generates energy from wind, hydro or solar plants. The renewable energy sector is increasing, however it is still a minority when compared to other energy providers such as coal and oil.
Use transportation that has a minimal impact on the environment.
Most individuals will use their personal vehicle to commute from one place to another. You just need to take a look at the amount of cars and motorbikes that commute on the highway on a daily basis and to see the amount of crude oil or fuel that’s being supplied to get an idea about the impact from carbon emissions.
Instead, people should consider commuting by walk, run or cycling when it’s available. If they need to use a vehicle, it would be ideal if two or more people could use the vehicle. For example, commuting by bus or train.
Hopefully, more people will start to acknowledge the importance of climate change before it is too late. Prevention is the key and it is important that the issues get resolved in this generation so that future generations can build a more sustainable future.