Global Warming — What Can the Average Person Do?
Global Warming is a severe issue facing our world and despite the efforts of our governments to combat it it’s still a threat. Regardless of the recent scandal involving modified data common sense tells us that pumping emissions from factories and cars into the atmosphere is not healthy. After all would you lean over a smoke stack and breathe in what comes out of it? With this in mind what can the average everyday person do to help fight global warming?
When you think about it you might be discouraged at first, if you’re just an average person chances are you’re worried about keeping your job and feeding your family. However there are many things that you can do in and outside your home to help fight global warming. First and foremost let’s look at your car.
It’s not a secret that hybrids are better for the environment but a hybrid might not work for your family right now, so what do you do? Keeping your vehicle in good condition can help increase gas mileage which results in less gas being burned. Not a significant effect on the globe as a whole but if everyone pitched in it might help. Aside from keeping up with your maintenance there’s not much else to do so let’s take a look at your home.
If your home is solar powered then you don’t have to worry about global warming as much, after all you’re generating your own power. However if you’re still hooked up to an oil, gas, coal, natural gas, or nuclear reactor then your polluting. While nuclear reactors don’t produce toxic fumes they do produce nuclear waste which is very damaging to the environment so they aren’t the ultimate green answer.
Barring a complete switchover to solar power the only thing you can do is make your home as efficient as possible. Sealing leaks in your walls or cracks in your door and window frames can help immensely. You can save hundreds of dollars each year by not air conditioning the neighborhood this way and also need to use your air conditioner less. The less you use something the less energy is required for your home.
After sealing all leaks you can then move on to making your appliances energy efficient. This means upgrading TV’s, washers, dryers, refrigerators, and chest freezers if you have them. These can be a big drain on your monthly power bill and also put a large load on dirty power plants. Finally you can start growing your own vegetables in your back yard. Yes growing your own food can reduce your impact on the environment.
Think about it, when you buy potatoes or corn at the store they’ve already been harvested by equipment that uses gas, sent to factories to be processed that use electricity, and shipped on trucks that burn diesel fuel. Growing your own food takes all of this out of the equation and results in less pollution overall. It also tastes better and you don’t have to worry about if it’s been modified.
When dealing with global warming it’s best to use common sense rather than listen to political ideology or misinformation. Common sense tells us that if the ice caps are melting and there’s more air pollution then something we’re doing must be throwing the system out of order. By taking just a few small steps you can minimize your impact and remember, we only have one world to live on at the moment and we need to take care of it.