Most people want to kick the problem upstairs, have the corporations and governments make big moves to scale back the ozone-eating agents that scientists say threaten the planet’s survival.
What if the answer to climate change rested more on the backs of each individual? No more fobbing off to the untouchables - the legislators and corporations.
Here are ten ways to fight climate change. But how far is one willing to go in the real world of consumers and their passions?
1. Don’t use a drive-thru for banking, fast food or coffee.
2. Chuck the car (or use it way less).
3. Say ‘good-bye’ to the two-stroke engine.
4. Keep your home air conditioning off unless heat is truly stifling.
5. Don’t idle your parked car to keep it cool for a passenger while you do errands.
6. Offset your airline flights by paying a carbon surcharge.
7. Turn lights off when you leave the room.
8. Write a letter to a polluter or the editor of a newspaper.
9. Stop littering or never litter so that all waste materials are recaptured for responsible recycling, negating the need for using as many virgin resources in manufacturing.
10. Don’t sleep with the television on.
Every individual possesses the power to show a true willingness to fight climate change. Beyond the marches, protests, high-level discourse and efforts to hold large corporations and our governments to account, simple day-to-day actions taken by each of us compound to make the most profound difference.