Things to Do
I'm sure there are a zillion lists of ways to save the environment or fight climate change out there, and this site is a perpetual work-in-progress by an unpaid amateur (albeit an educated one), so I'll keep this shortish for now.
- According to avaaz.org and many others, the single largest change people can make on an individual basis to reduce climate change is to eat less meat. On this topic, pork uses less resources than beef, and chicken much less. As for fish, according to the textbook for the course noted below, freshwater vegetarian fish which are farmed are the most environmentally friendly sort (such as catfish and tilapia).
- Although plug in electric and hybrid cars still result in most areas in fossil fuels being burned at power stations, power stations are about 3 times more efficient than hydrocarbon-burning vehicle engines at converting fossil fuels to usable energy. I think this figure may account for transmission loss. Even if not, electric vehicles still win, CO2 wise.
- Many people may not know that the proverbial "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is a hierarchy, but a moment's reflection will make it clear how & why this is so. Reduction in materials used will, as a rule, provide larger reductions in environmental costs than reuse of materials, and reuse provides larger reductions in environmental costs than recycling.
- On the topic of 'Reduce/Reuse', it is worth mentioning that cutting expenses functions financially the same as working more, but without the 'working more' part. According to Lao Tzu, "The man who knows when he has enough is rich beyond measure"
- "Energy Star homes tend to reduce mortgage default by 32% after controlling for many factors" - I found this while doing research for this 2013 presentation on The Sustainable Home for an Environmental Science course. I lost the citation/source reference, though. If anyone finds it, let me know so I can include it here ([email protected]). (It's listed on the building materials page / the image of a log pile link)
Politics & Social Change
I am no expert on political action and won't be filling this out today (6-18-2018), but I will note that calling your congress-people or senators on the phone is said to be a much stronger tactic than signing digital petitions and sending form emails. You can also call your mayors, state legislators, governors, city council-persons, or whatever-titled poobahs, executives, thought leaders, office holders, or ministers you have in your patch of the globe.