Climate change is one of the biggest challenges our generation—and the generations to come—will face. But with global temperatures continuing to rise and the risk of severe weather increasing, many of us have become disenchanted. We doubt whether or not individuals can really lessen the effects of climate change, especially since the majority of fossil fuels are produced by a handful of companies.
Nevertheless, not all hope is lost. If we work together, we can slow down and perhaps even reverse the effects of climate change.
How much impact do individuals really have?
How much impact you have in regards to climate change really depends on the actions you take. The amount of carbon dioxide that you alone put into the atmosphere is quite small. Of the 33 billion tons of carbon dioxide that is pumped into the atmosphere, only 8.1 metric tons is produced by the average American household. Furthermore, research has shown that 100 companies around the world are responsible for a whopping 70 percent of the world’s historical GHG emissions.
As such, the amount of carbon you as an individual produce is quite small. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an impact.
So, what can individuals do?
When you see the numbers, it may make you throw up your hands and proclaim that climate change is out of your control. But it’s not. Consumers can have a bigger impact on our society than we believe. By taking the right steps, then, you can build enough momentum to make real and lasting change.
Make your voice heard
Individuals can’t directly vote for climate bills or legislation, but we can put pressure on our elected officials to make climate change a priority. Whether you become an activist or simply vote for certain candidates, your voice alone can help shift the tide.
Lead by example
Your individual contribution to greenhouse gases is small, but every little bit helps. Plus, as you add more and more people to the mix, those 8.1 metric tons start to add up. You can’t control what other people do, but you can lead by example. When your friends, family, and neighbors start to see you cutting back on red meat or switching to solar power, they might just follow in your footsteps.
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