How to Do Your Bit in Tackling Climate Change

Climate change (also termed global warming) is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today. It is directly linked to the excess emission of greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide and methane) resulting from human activities such as transportation, agriculture and manufacturing. You can do your bit to lessen the output of such emissions by changing aspects of your lifestyle in small but meaningful ways that help to reduce emissions, reduce the cost of living for you and improve your local environmental amenity.


  1. Image titled Save Electricity at Home Step 6
    Turn off the lights and electrical equipment. This includes laptops and any electronic devices when not in use. (Blank screensavers do not save electricity, put your system to sleep instead. Shutting down and turning on your system does not reduce your computer's shelf life). Items that aren't in use are a source of wasted paper, which not only releases unnecessary emissions but increases your power bill each month too. Cut down and see the difference in a cheaper power bill.
  2. Image titled Save Electricity at Home Step 5
    Use energy efficient devices. This includes checking the energy ratings when you purchase appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines; prefer those that use less energy and you'll release fewer emissions and save more money on your power bills. Change the standard light bulbs to LED lights. While initially more costly, they last much longer and produce much better lighting for you at night and during study, making them very cost effective for the long term.
    • Clean your tube lights, LED lights regularly; they shine less brightly when dust accumulates on them.
  3. Image titled Save Electricity at Home Step 11
    Whitewash your roofs. If you live in a hot climate, a whitewashed roof will help to keep your home relatively cool and your air conditioner will consume relatively less power.[citation needed] (White surfaces reflect sunlight, therefore resulting in less heat absorption).
    • You will need to check with local ordinances concerning the amenity of your area; it may not be legal in some places to have a white roof. If this is the case, find out how to get such a law changed or a dispensation.
  4. Image titled Celebrate Earth Day Step 24
    Travel by foot, cycle or public vehicles. Use public transport for long distances, cycles for shorter distance travels and your legs for shorter distances. This will reduce the emissions that would otherwise be caused by your car, and you'll be healthier and fitter for it too.
    • Demand improvements to public transport if it isn't great in your area. Too few, too unsafe, too dirty––these are problems that can be brought to the attention of the owners and the local/state governments and you can, and should, demand improvements.
  5. Image titled Celebrate Earth Day Step 2
    Plant trees. Trees are the main sources of carbon sinks (they absorb carbon dioxide, thus absorbing greenhouse gas emissions).[citation needed]
    • More trees means a greener neighborhood and this improves the lifestyle amenity for everyone. Trees attract birds and animals, provide shade, cover ugly buildings, create parks, provide food (when planted for that purpose), can help to reduce the urban heat effect, provide beauty, relax the senses and provide wind breaks, among many other benefits.
    • Be sensible when planting trees. Choose the right tree for the right location, taking into consideration the local climate, the tree's watering needs, the root system near the built environment, and so forth. A well planted tree should be a blessing; a badly planted tree reflects bad planning.
  6. Image titled Celebrate Earth Day Step 12
    Educate people around you regarding climate change. Aim to pass on a beautiful planet to the coming generations. After all, we inherited the planet from our ancestors and we have a responsibility to the future generations too (inter-generational equity).


  • Explain climate change to others in positive terms. Show people how they can make a difference rather than being a harbinger of doom and gloom. People must feel they can take action, otherwise they'll be resistant, resentful or full of despair. By showing what can be done, and matching this to an improvement in lifestyles, people will be more willing to follow your lead.
  • Some will argue that it is pointless to make change as an individual. This is a defeatist argument based on not wanting to bother or resting in fear of change. It does matter that consumers make choices that are more environmentally aware, it does matter that consumers reduce their power consumption and it does matter that consumers buy only what they consider to be made in an environmentally aware way. It doesn't take long, with the addition of social media and other consciousness awareness raising media, to turn each individual action into group action.
  • Climate change is the more appropriate term to use, rather than global warming. This reflects the fact that increased emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to differing climate outcomes that are locally and regionally variable. Hence, some places will experience a great deal more precipitation (namely, rainfall and snow), while others will be a lot warmer and drier. Hence, climate change covers the spectrum of potential amplified climate-related changes forecast ahead.

Sources and Citations

Article Info

Categories: Environmental Awareness | Articles in Need of Sources