Human Cause of Climate Change, Part II

More and more scientists, politicians, and experts agree: climate change is a real issue. An even more frightening finding? Humans appear to be at fault for much of it.

A few weeks ago, we covered some of the main sources of the human cause of climate change. It’s important to recognize these issues and do our best to lessen their occurrence, so for a quick recap, here are the primary sources of human induced climate change: the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and carbon dioxide; industrial processes and pollution from factories; conversion of land for agriculture; and decomposition of wastes in landfills.

So, what can be done to lesson the human cause of climate change? Below, find our top suggestions.

  1. Limit Use of Electricity: This step can be as simple as turning off the lights when you leave a room, or unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. The next step is to exchange traditional appliances for the energy-efficient models, switch out regular light bulbs for their energy-efficient counterparts, and clean/replace dirty air filters in your home. Find some of our top tips for reducing your energy use (and your electric bill) in our previous article here.
  2. Cut Down on Driving: Do you find yourself hopping in the car for trips that are easily walkable? Is your bike collecting dust in the attic or garage? Carbon emissions from cars, trucks, and other motorized vehicles account for over 900 million metric tons of CO2 every year. Make the commitment to walk or bike whenever possible. If you must drive, consider purchasing a hybrid or fuel-efficient model, and always keep your vehicle up to date with emissions tests/legal requirements.
  3. Raise Awareness Within the Community: If you’ve already made the commitment to reduce your carbon footprint, get the word out to others in your family, peer group, neighborhood or community. Not sure how you can get involved? Find some of our top tips here.
  4. Eat Green, Eat Clean: Another major human cause of climate change comes from agricultural processes. Eating local, eating organic, and cutting down on meat consumption are all ways to reduce your impact. We’ve put together a helpful guide for beginners looking to adopt a green diet here.
  5. Recycle: Reducing, reusing, and recycling are some of the most important practices for keeping waste out of landfills. Not sure how to decode recycling symbols? Find a helpful guide here. Make the pledge to recycle as much as possible! Conduct some research about your local recycling center and program. You might be surprised at the information you uncover! For example, we’ll bet you didn’t know that these materials were actually recyclable.
  6. Purchase Carbon Offsets: Carbon offsetting involves investing in green projects and initiatives in order to reduce the carbon footprint of a family, individual, or business. Learn more about the JustGreen carbon offsetting products on our site at www.justgreencommunity.com.

Be sure to stay tuned here at Eco-Centric, where each week, we cover more ways to cut down on the human cause of climate change.  Check our page regularly for “green” tips and guides – for everything from cutting down on paper usage (linked) to carbon offsetting.

Do you have suggestions, comments, or tips for reducing the human cause of climate change? Feel free to let us know in on Facebook or Twitter.

Resources:

http://www.wri.org/publication/content/8468

http://epa.gov/climatestudents/basics/today/greenhouse-effect.html

http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=65CD73F4-1

http://climate.nasa.gov/causes

http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/causes.html

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