You may feel like you’re just one person, but if every person made a few small changes, things would look a lot different. Here are some things you can try:
Walk whenever you can. It’s good exercise, and cars are one of the leading producers of carbon dioxide emissions. Take family walks to the store, or organise lift clubs to and from work or school to save on driving.
Eat less red meat and dairy. This is becoming a biggie at the moment – people are starting to realise that the meat and dairy sector is a major contributor to global warming. We’re not saying you have to become a vegetarian if you don’t want to, but maybe look into becoming a flexitarian (a person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but adds occasional meat and fish).
Choose locally produced food. The longer it has taken something to reach you, the more ‘food miles’ it has (it has created a larger carbon footprint). Better yet, start a veggie garden with your parents.
Save electricity and water. Little things like unplugging appliances and gadgets when they aren’t being used, can make a difference.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. You know the drill – don’t use single-use plastics and sort and recycle your rubbish. It’s really not as hard as you may think.
Aim to have a green career one day. Maybe become an Earth scientist, ocean scientist, or an engineer who develops things that help the environment! Dream big and make your emissions small!