Here’s how you can actually help stop climate change
High temperatures, fusion caps, increasing diseases. With such high stakes, it is not surprising that climate change tends to cause a sense of fear. In fact, a recent widely shared history of climate change in New York magazine opens with the words “I promise, worse than you think.”
“The article painted a dark picture,” said Seth Wynes, a researcher with the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. “I think it’s important to realize that we have a lot of options on the planet that we want future generations to inherit.
Although we missed the ideal scenario, it is not global warming – because we are already locked in global warming – that we have a much better future for us if we act quickly and make significant changes.
Some researchers suggest that we have a couple of years to start warming up global warming if we want to avoid the worst effects. Of course, this raises the question of what it means to act quickly against climate change, especially on a personal level. At the end of the day, it all comes down to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We emit greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide when we burn fossil fuels such as coal – or when cattle become wax burgers. When these emissions enter the atmosphere, they can concentrate the heat of the sun, global warming.
It’s basic physics. Increased heat can become catastrophic layers of melting ice, raising sea level and creating less predictable, more volatile and dangerous weather.
Because we have warmed the planet on this path since the early days of the industrial revolution, we can not completely avoid the effects of climate change. However, reducing emissions now, we can avoid the worst effects.
According to Wynes, co-author (with Lund University of Sweden Kimberly Nicholas) of a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the four actions that create the most explosion for their reduction dollar are more obviously: having less children; Living without a car; Avoid transatlantic flights; And eat a vegetable diet (mainly vegetarian).
Wynes and Nicholas came to this conclusion by examining the literature that included life cycle analysis, or calculating the amount of emissions triggers a given action during their lifetime.
In the case of products, the life cycle generally covers emissions from the creation, use and disposal of an object. If you eat a hamburger, for example, adding emissions associated with raising livestock and growing other ingredients, emissions from the production, transport and storage of cakes, buns and others, as well as emissions generated by decomposition Of food and packaging waste for your personal carbon footprint. And he adds quickly.
They also reviewed the interventions generally recommended in government reports and Canadian textbooks.
Wynes was a high school science teacher before he decided to pursue his doctorate, and knows that many students are eager to learn what they can do for climate change. “Students are interested in knowing what they can do to solve this problem,” he said, “and at that time I did not have many answers.”