5 Ways to Reduce Climate Change

We live in a global community that has put profit over people and is polluting our air, water, and land. Climate change is happening right now and it’s we who are causing it by burning fossil fuels. This is no longer just a theory, it is a reality that we must begin to address or risk losing our chance at survival.  We can stop climate change, we need to implement renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power. However, there are some things we all can do and do our share to combat climate change.

 

Renewable Energy

We can reduce the effects of climate change by switching to renewable energy sources such as wind power or solar power. These sources of renewable energy are abundant and low cost compared to other forms of efforts to reduce climate change such as carbon emissions. Wind power is clean, and is best in the fall and spring. Solar power does not produce air pollutants or greenhouse activity and in the United States, you can even get paid for every kilowatt that is injected back into the grid.

 

Watch What You Eat

Meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. It takes tremendous energy to produce and transport meat around the world. In addition, raising animals for food requires a significant amount of water and land consumption, decreasing resources for agriculture. This results in those small farmers are often unable to diversify their income sources, compromising their ability to grow food sustainably while staying in business.

 

Reduce Water Waste

How can you reduce climate change? By taking shorter showers. Shorter showers lead to fewer carbon-dioxide emissions and therefore less warming of the planet. The World Health Organization has identified water as one of the major factors affecting global health. Simply changing your morning shower routine can do wonders to the planet!

 

Electric Car

Burning fossil fuels like oil and natural gas are leading to rising global temperatures which threaten to make our planet uninhabitable. We can also reduce our impact on climate change by driving less and taking public transit or walking. Also, we can use either fuel-efficient hybrid cars or use electric cars, thereby making a significant impact in reducing climate change.

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Have you ever wondered how climate change affects animals and wildlife? Climate change does not only affect icebergs and air temperature but also puts pressure on the habitats of many animals. Since it is vital that we understand how climate change affects animals and the ecosystems around them, we have created this article telling you about the top 7 animals that are affected by climate change. 

The Snow Leopard:

    • In the short-term, climate change will likely lead to disruptions in snow leopard habitat. Due to human encroachment & changing climate conditions in central Asia, the survival of both snow leopards and their primary prey species, the antelope and the javelina, are in danger. Long-term, it is possible that climate change could lead to irreversible changes in snow leopard distributions and animal populations. According to wildnet.org, “When people move into the snow leopard’s traditional habitat, the big cat loses much of its traditional prey.”

Monarch Butterfly:

    • Climate change poses a serious threat to Monarch Butterfly populations. Hibernation is crucial for Monarch Butterflies to save energy throughout the long winter months. The extensive winter months also provide ideal conditions for caterpillars to grow rapidly. Due to climate change, the warmer winters cause a problem not just for Monarch Butterflies, but it is a problem for their main food source, milkweed. The higher temperatures hinder the growth and quality of milkweed thereby decreasing the food source Monarch caterpillars feed on.

 

Green Sea Turtle:

    • The temperature of sand used to lay eggs determines the sex of the young turtles. Due to climate change, erratic changes in temperature are causing injury or death for hatchlings. In addition, if the water temperature is too warm or too cold, a batch of green sea turtle eggs may become all male or all female. This has a direct effect on the long-term population of green sea turtles, due to a gender misbalance to make enough offspring for keeping the population thriving.

Giant Panda:

Sea Lions:

    • There is a wide range of factors that influence ocean currents, including temperature, salinity, wind speed, and direction. Sea lions feast on a vast array of fish, including but not limited to anchovies, salmon, and sardines. However, due to climate change and its effect on ocean currents, their fish prey abundance is heavily affected. This leads to a substantial decrease in prey for the sea lion, thereby keeping their population under threat.

Tiger:

Polar Bear: