In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued an alarming report which found that staving off the worst impacts of the climate crisis by limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the ambition of the Paris Agreement, would “require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.”
In other words, we need to fundamentally change course over the next decade or risk making the planet uninhabitable for human beings.
This is a massive challenge.
It should not be underestimated.
Each day, we have opportunities to make better choices for the environment. And together, we can turn small daily shifts into big impact.
Every single option for the future of our planet REQUIRES all of us to GET INVOLVED!!!! We all must take the rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of our lives!
We know the definition of stupid and insanity: Doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.
The answer is clear: We all must change. We must demand change from our elected officials from our school boards all the way to the White House. We must vote intelligently for those who are committed to saving our planet. Climate change does not subscribe to political affiliation. The planet will become unsustainable for all humans if we continue to fail to take the necessary actions in our daily lives and demand changes in our industrial and manufacturing complex.
Changing the way you think can make a big difference. Learn to be more conscious about what you buy and what you throw away. Make thoughtful choices every day, and you’ll see how the little things add up over time.
· make smarter choices when you buy
· reconsider what you throw away
· share what you can: rides, stuff, food
· get involved (volunteer for beach clean up days, create a community garden, organize a neighborhood garage sale)
Reducing waste means making thoughtful choices every day. The less you throw away, the better for everyone.
· buy only what you truly need
· choose sustainably produced products with minimal packaging
· compost food and organic waste
· repair instead of buying new
· borrow infrequently used items
· take mass transit, ride a bike, or walk to workREUSE/REPURPOSE
Reuse whatever you can; and if you can’t use it, maybe someone else can. Not only will you save money, but you’ll be keeping useful items from going to landfill.
· always buy reusable versus disposable items
· bring your own reusable bags when you shop
· visit consignment shops, thrift stores, and the library
· donate used clothes, books, and household items
· organize a neighborhood garage sale
Cans, bottles, paper, minerals, timber, electronics, and more can now be repurposed instead of going to landfill. Recycling reduces waste, conserves resources, saves energy, helps prevent pollution, and reduces greenhouse gases. Recycling also creates jobs and saves money.
· participate in curbside recycling programs
· recycle large appliances and building supplies
· check with your local waste management company to learn more about e-waste recycling programs in your area
· buy products made with recycled materials