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It’s now or never.
An investigation by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that the planet could cross the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius – above pre-industrial levels – in just 12 years, which in its opinion, would entail to a “global catastrophe”.
Abnormal climatic conditions such as extreme droughts, forest fires, floods or food shortages for hundreds of millions of people could be only the first symptoms.
To avoid that situation, according to specialists, the world needs ” rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society “.
But then, what can you do to help?
“There are many actions that only involve a little common sense,” explains Aromar Revi, coordinator and lead author of the report.
“Citizens and consumers are among the most important actors to avoid it,” he says.
These are some of the daily changes you can make at this time to help avoid a “catastrophe” as a result of global warming.
1. Use public transport
Walking or biking or using public transport, instead of the car, will reduce carbon emissions.
And, also, it will keep you in shape .
“We can choose the way we move in the cities and, if you do not have access to public transport, make sure you choose politicians who offer options for that,” says Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC.
If absolutely necessary, use an electric vehicle and choose the train instead of l plane for your travels .
Take a step further canceling your business trip and using, instead, videoconferencing.
2. Save energy
Put the wet clothes in the sun instead of using dryers and try to save the maximum amount of electricity.
Use higher temperatures to cool rooms or lower rooms to heat them.
Isolate the roof of your house to avoid heat loss during winters.
Turn off and unplug your appliances when they are not in use.
And the next time you go out and buy a piece of equipment, be sure to make sure it uses energy efficiently.
You can also adopt a renewable energy source for some of the needs of your home, such as solar water heaters.
3. Try to consume less meat
The production of red meat leads to a significantly higher number of greenhouse gas emissions than chicken, fruits, vegetables and cereals.
At the Paris Climate Summit, 119 nations pledged to reduce agricultural emissions in this regard, however, there was no indication of how to do it.
You, on the other hand, can contribute to this.
Eat less meat and try to eat more vegetables and fruits.
If this seems too much to you, consider having at least one day without meat each week.
It is also worth reducing the consumption of dairy products as they entail greenhouse gas emissions as a result of production and transport.
Choose to buy more seasonal foods of local origin (and throw less garbage!).
4. Reduce and reuse … even water
We have been told about the benefits of recycling over and over again throughout our lives.
But the truth is that the transport and processing of materials for recycling also involves the emission of carbon dioxide.
Therefore, if you reduce the waste that you throw away and try to reuse the materials you already used, you can make a change.
The same happens with water.
“An alternative is the collection of rainwater,” says Aromar Revi.
5. Inform and educate others
Together we can achieve it: to meet with our neighbors to share alternatives and educate each other on how to establish a sustainable community life is also an important step.
Create “shared networks” that can help pool resources, such as lawn mowers or garden tools, and achieve a greener standard of living.
“All these changes, when they are practiced every day by billions of people, will allow sustainable development with almost no impact on their well-being,” says Revi.