Climate Crisis: Three Simple Things You Can Do To Help the Environment
By Rebecca H.
Detailed in the recent Climate Report by the United Nations, climate change and global warming are taking a drastic toll. From rising sea levels to damaged ecosystems, the report paints a grim picture for the future of the home that we all universally share, Planet Earth. Young people across the globe are taking a stand and fighting for our future, people like Greta Thunberg. Thunberg, a sixteen year-old climate activist from Sweden, who began the “School Strike for Climate” movement, is now inspiring others to help bring awareness to the growing effects of climate change. Luckily, there are many things that you could to help reduce your carbon footprint and ultimately, help our home, Planet Earth.
Here are three things you can do to help the environment:
1. Ditch the plastic and use reusable bags.
When going to the grocery store, you might be asked “paper or plastic”, but just say “no, thank you”. Plastic grocery bags are one of the main items found in landfills and oceans, plus they take a long time to decompose. (FastWeb, 2019)
2. Reduce your meat intake, even just for one day every week.
Skipping meat for just one day each week can help the environment dramatically. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions are from agriculture, so eating vegetarian for just one day a week is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment. (Self, 2017)
3. Cut down on using single use water bottles and use a reusable water bottle.
Using a reusable water bottle is one of the best things you could do for the environment. According to the EPA, we throw away a chilling amount of single use bottles, enough to circle the earth five times. Investing in a reusable water bottle cuts down on the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans and, ultimately, harms marine life. (Self, 2017)
These are just a few of the many ways you can help the environment, reduce your carbon footprint, and ultimately, help Planet Earth.
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