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Should We Make Eco-Friendly Changes? 

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Climate change became more evident last year. Although environmentalism dates back to the 19th century and became popular in the 1960s, this existential threat was ignored for generations until 2021 when we experienced anomalous storms across the world.

It’s now blatantly obvious that modern civilization has to make some drastic changes.

Global Disasters in 2021

Tropical cyclones, flooding, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, droughts, and heat waves marked the year. 

It flooded in Saudi Arabia. Large hail storms hit Australia. In the Canaries, Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma erupted, with molten lava flowing down the slopes, destroying 3,000 properties in Los Llanos, Tazacorte, El Paso, Puntagorde, and Tijarafe.

4 Ways Consumers Can Make a Difference in 2022

1. Buy an Electric Car

Although Thomas Davenport invented the first electric car in 1837. However, it’s only in recent years that developed countries have come to appreciate it–because if we keep using fossil fuels at our current rate, they will be depleted by 2060. Today, you’ll find many types of electric cars on the market, and they come with several different features, like battery life and charging time.

Tesla dominates the EV market right now with their Model 3 and Model X. Unfortunately, when it comes to buying these sporty cars, many people make the right choice for the wrong reasons. For example, they ask salespeople about Tesla charge time and performance, but not about why an EV car is an eco-friendly option. In fact, very few people realize that EVs emit no pollutants and produce fewer greenhouse gasses per mile than standard cars.

2. Get Your Electricity From the Sun

Solar power systems turn sunlight into electricity. You can use it to power your residential or commercial property. They come in active and passive types. Active solar power systems use panels to convert sunlight into electricity while passive solar power uses the sun’s heat to warm up a fluid that then heats water or air.

Solar energy offers the following benefits:

  • It’s a renewable energy that doesn’t come from fossil fuels.
  • It’s a reliable source of heat and light since the sun is 109 times larger than the earth.
  • It’s a simple technology. Solar panels capture the sun’s rays and turn them into electricity. This energy can then be stored in batteries or used right away to power homes and businesses.

3. Recycle Plastic and Paper Waste

Recycling reduces greenhouse gasses and the proliferation of landfills. It’s not only an effective way to help the environment, but it can also save money and create jobs.

Single-use products contribute to waste. We can reduce plastic waste by reusing things like water bottles and coffee mugs or buying reusable bags instead of single-use plastic bags.

We can also use less paper. Switching to digital documents reduces paper waste. You can convert your documents to digital and store them in a cloud-based storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox. You’ll save money on printer paper, ink, and toner. It will also be easy to  access your key documents on any device from any internet connection.

4. Reuse and Reduce Consumer Goods

We can reduce waste by buying fewer products with high environmental impacts, and using public transport more frequently. And we can also reuse clothes, furniture, electronics, and cars more often.

We can even make a huge difference by reducing meat and dairy consumption. Since factory-farmed animal feed is fertilized with fossil fuels, they emit greenhouse gasses, like nitrous oxide, into the atmosphere.

Why We Should All Try to Save the PlanetWorld leaders were alarmed by last year’s weather and convened a global conference on health and climate change at Glasgow Caledonian University. Although 40,000 delegates met for two weeks, it’s unclear how effective it will be. Many countries emphasize national health and climate change, but lack the funds, and perhaps even the political will, to take sustained, constructive action. This makes it necessary for us to do our part, too, as consumers by reducing our own carbon footprints.

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