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How can we Prevent Climate Change?

By: Kelly Fenn - Updated: 8 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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The onset of climate change has come about following over 200 years' worth of unchecked manmade activity that's had a negative impact on the world around us - from deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels to driving cars or throwing away perfectly useable materials.

Now, we're beginning to feel the effects of climate change around the globe. Scientists estimate that by the end of the 21st century, temperatures in the summer of over 40 degrees Celsius could be commonplace in the UK.

While we can't undo the damage caused to the environment, we can help decelerate the rate of change - and long-term, change the fate of the planet altogether. Half the problem for us as individuals, however, is the knowing where to start.

To help you get to grips with climate change, we've identified several key areas we should all be addressing in our day to day lives to help you get started. We hope you'll find that becoming more environmentally friendly isn't as difficult as you might think!

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Our homes contribute a large proportion of the UK's overall carbon emissions - and it's down to individuals to make a change to reduce their property's environmental impact. Here are a few quick tips to reduce your home's CO2 emissions, as well as lowering your energy bills:

  • Invest in double glazing in your home
  • Turn off all appliances (from the socket) when not in use
  • Replace domestic and electrical equipment with energy efficient recommended models
  • Insulate your home: loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, and simple draught excluders

More recently, Home Information Packs have been introduced in England and Wales, and within them, an energy performance certificate which gives your home an energy rating between A to H. This should make energy efficiency a more important factor to take into consideration when buying a home.

Make Your Lifestyle Greener

Everything we do in our day to day lives emits CO2 into the atmosphere. That means that even making small changes in what we do, or how we do it, can have a positive impact in preventing the onset of climate change. Collectively we can make a difference. Here are a few tips:

  • Holidays: don't fly, take a train or alternative transport method
  • Shopping: minimise the number of shopping trips you take by planning ahead and writing a list
  • Nightlife: walk to your local facilities rather than taking the car
  • Sport: try cycling, walking or running to get from A to B

Change Your Habits At Work

Don't leave your good environmental habits at home - take them into the office too. Take public transport to work or walk rather than take your car, or share car journeys with colleagues. Turn off appliances, equipment and lights off when you've finished using them, and, importantly, shut down your computer rather than just logging off. And for the things you can't change - speak to the person who can to see if your employers have a green and environmental policy in place.

Eat less meat

According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. The release of methane and nitrous oxide (from manure, and urine from farmed animals) into the atmosphere are both contributory factors. Therefore, one of the most effective steps we can take is help combat climate change is to stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Educate Future Generations

Preventing climate change in the future is down to the actions and opinions of future generations - meaning now is the time to start educating our children about climate change and its effects. This can be done at school, by parents and every simply through leading by example. If you have children, get them involved in making your lives greener. Give them the responsibility to make sure lights and plugs are turned off in their rooms each time, get them involved in recycling and other green initiatives, rewarding them for their good work.

Get Involved In The Fight Against Climate Change

If you want to take your green ambitions to the next level, find out about climate change events, at a local and a national stage, which you're interested in. There are plenty of fundraising and awareness-raising events you can get involved with, or simply sign your name on one of the many environmentally themed Downing Street petitions - see petitions.pm.gov.uk.

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@Slaterdom - perhaps you should make your own video, but you'd need plenty of scientific reserach to break it up.
Jon - 9-Oct-17 @ 1:42 PM
I figured out how to stop abrupt climate change in regard to making the planet cool rapidly instead of heating up. I came to a realisation that earths magnetosphere is decreasing because of the increase of machine’s made, electric grids, high magnetic’s used it hospitals and machines like the hydron collider! Every single thing we humans make with a magnetic field will disrupt earths own magnetic field. If only by I little amount. The more machine that have been made over the past 30 years, the weaker the earths field has got. So to stop the atmosphere heating up we have to decrease the amount of magnetic’s we use. The earths magnetosphere will recover stopping the solar radiation. Make a video on that. You can credit me for the idea to save our planet.
Slaterdom - 8-Oct-17 @ 4:57 PM
We can "vote" with our dollars, even those with limited funds. Make sure your bank or credit cards or stocks do not finance fossil fuels. Ask them to divest dirty and invest green so CEOs know, then change to Sierra Club Visa, local banks, Tesla stocks etc! Let's Stop subsidizing our own demise! I have 10 plus g'kids depending on us!
G'ma Deb - 26-Jun-17 @ 1:03 PM
No one can stop climate change. In the same way that the glaciations nobody could stop them. If CO2 is to blame for climate change, how could we stop emitting greenhouse gases ?. Stopping all factories, cars, trucks, boats, planes, etc ?. That's impossible, the world can't be stopped. This is a losing battle. Let's start praying for our heirs.
Shitstirrer - 14-Jun-17 @ 4:45 PM
@Soumay - it tells you. Greenhouse gasses and carbon emissions.
Faye2001 - 5-May-17 @ 3:02 PM
Can any one tell what is main reason for global warming and climate changing
Soumay - 5-May-17 @ 2:49 AM
Q: what will you do to mitigate climite change? how much action are willing to take? what do you think you will achive?
Sishir - 10-Apr-17 @ 9:12 PM
Q: what will you do to mitigate climite change? how much action are willing to take? what do you think you will achive?
sishir - 18-Feb-17 @ 12:40 PM
@Princess - lovely idea! We should all plant more trees and throw more seeds. It doesn't take much effort or cost. Jamie.
J - 10-Feb-17 @ 1:44 PM
We can plant a tree on birth of every female child.This will help stop climate change and support the save girl child program.
Princess - 9-Feb-17 @ 1:29 PM
Q: How can we prevent climate change? A: Petition/lobby every government around the world to formally address the issue as "Stop Climate Change". That'll be a start. Then we'll see how hard those stinking turds are working on ways to stop the climate changing. If they don't...we can safely assume that there is not going to be any change in the climate or they themselves are creating industry to actually change the climate for the worse. Or it's all just a scam to introduce a top end business tax....which has already been introduced so i think we can safely say it's a money making scam. Yawn......
Berty - 15-Jan-17 @ 8:51 AM
I belive that more needs to be done to raise awareness on how to combat climate change, rather than educating our children and waiting for them to grow up and take action. How can we help provide information to adults and young people in the workplace and HE so they can learn habits like the ones described in the article?
AYoungPerson - 15-Jan-17 @ 1:10 AM
If this site (and others) doesn't have it's main focus as the cessation of the consumption of animal products, then it's purpose is moot and other suggestions here merely a distraction from the biggest thing we can do collectively to prevent the end for future generations. This is in everyone's hands individually right now. Better cleaner technology is only secondary to this.
Someone - 16-Oct-16 @ 11:37 PM
Plz can I have an advice for climate change please
Thozilicious - 14-Aug-16 @ 9:25 PM
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Fishfeet - 13-Jul-16 @ 9:15 AM
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Fishfeet - 13-Jul-16 @ 9:12 AM
Akshi - Your Question:
Do not cut trees and control on global warming. On your birthday please set up plant ??

Our Response:
That's a very nice idea, thank you.
PreventClimateChange - 4-Jul-16 @ 11:21 AM
Do not cut trees and control on global warming. On your birthday please set up plant ??
Akshi - 3-Jul-16 @ 9:43 AM
alanj - Your Question:
Climate change is here NOW.Disaster is around the corner.How to survive.Stock up on food and essentials.Learn how to grow own food.Get out of the car, buy a bike, good walking shoes.Learn to live low energy and simply.Wake when its light sleep when its dark.good luck

Our Response:
It will be a long time before climate change will affect the planet to its full detriment, and it is not likely to affect our generation, but generations ahead of us. This is why we need to act now.
PreventClimateChange - 26-May-16 @ 2:44 PM
Climate change is here NOW. Disaster is around the corner. How to survive. Stock up on food and essentials. Learn how to grow own food. Get out of the car, buy a bike, good walking shoes. Learn to live low energy and simply. Wake when its light sleep when its dark. good luck
alanj - 26-May-16 @ 8:54 AM
days - Your Question:
According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. The release of methane and nitrous oxide (from manure, and urine from farmed animals) into the atmosphere are both contributory factors. Therefore, one of the most effective steps we can take is help combat climate change is to stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy products.

Our Response:
Thank you for your comments and yes you are correct; cutting down on the consumption of meat would help.
PreventClimateChange - 16-May-16 @ 1:57 PM
According to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute, 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture. The release of methane and nitrous oxide (from manure, and urine from farmed animals) into the atmosphere are both contributory factors. Therefore, one of the most effective steps we can take is help combat climate change is to stop eating meat, eggs, and dairy products.
days - 15-May-16 @ 10:14 PM
Steph123 - Your Question:
I can only find myself pulling my hair out reading this article. Why is their no mention of STOP EATING MEAT! If people really care then they have a right to know the leading cause of climate change. Watch cowspiracy people if you really want to learn how to make a change!

Our Response:
As this article was written a while ago and possibly before new reports have pointed the finger at agriculture, then we have taken your comments on board and have added a paragraph to highlight this.
PreventClimateChange - 4-Apr-16 @ 11:35 AM
I can only find myself pulling my hair out reading this article. Why is their no mention of STOP EATING MEAT! If people really care then they have a right to know the leading cause of climate change. Watch cowspiracy people if you really want to learn how to make a change!
Steph123 - 3-Apr-16 @ 9:12 AM
DrewCD09 - Your Question:
Climate change is coming and we need to do something about it. Making our homes more efficient. I agree that doing things such as unplugging things from wall sockets when they are not in use will aid in releasing less CO2 into the atmosphere. It was very interesting to hear that taking trains instead of planes is better for the environment. Overall it was a very good article that I enjoyed very well.

Our Response:
We are glad you found the article interesting.
PreventClimateChange - 4-Mar-16 @ 2:54 PM
Climate change is coming and we need to do something about it. Making our homes more efficient. I agree that doing things such as unplugging things from wall sockets when they are not in use will aid in releasing less CO2 into the atmosphere.It was very interesting to hear that taking trains instead of planes is better for the environment. Overall it was a very good article that I enjoyed very well.
DrewCD09 - 4-Mar-16 @ 1:16 AM
Nice article I will use it in the practically life.
Kamran - 20-Feb-16 @ 10:21 AM
I was interested in what was said about taking a train rather than a flight, and it got me thinking. By a little research I was able to conclude that a trip from the west coast of the USA to the east coast, would produce .28 metric tons of CO2 whereas a train trip would only produce .05 metric tons of CO2. This is astonishing. I also agree with people in the comments section stating that everyone eating vegan would lower CO2 emissions and Methane emissions, but how do they expect to change an entire city, let alone a country, to eat vegan. This is like stating that we are going to shut off every car and vehicle in the world to stop the consumption of fossil fuels.
Donny - 12-Feb-16 @ 3:54 PM
Evan Raubenstine - Your Question:
Really enjoyed the article, hit on my favorite point, being we must educate future generations. They are the key to slow down this change that is sweeping the world. What is more terrifying than the fact the world is on pace to get "heated" is that there isn't a great way to combat it, simply taking these steps can only decelerate the changes in hope a great mind will be able to crack the code and keep the Earth an inhabitable place.

Our Response:
Glad you enjoyed the article.
PreventClimateChange - 8-Feb-16 @ 2:04 PM
Really enjoyed the article, hit on my favorite point, being we must educate future generations. They are the key to slow down this change that is sweeping the world. What is more terrifying than the fact the world is on pace to get "heated" is that there isn't a great way to combat it, simply taking these steps can only decelerate the changes in hope a great mind will be able to crack the code and keep the Earth an inhabitable place.
Evan Raubenstine - 7-Feb-16 @ 9:13 PM
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