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It has now become common knowledge that climate change is a problem we cannot afford to continue ignoring. And while the majority of us are not delegates in conferences attacking the problem, we have a bigger role to play than we realise.

It is said that knowledge is power. Being equipped with information about the greenhouse effect, the destruction of the ozone layer and the effect of carbon emissions (Romm, J.) was the first step for me. I have taken a voluntarist approach (White, M.). In Mahatma Gandhi’s words, we have to be the change we want to see.

I live by the mantra ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. I have reduced my consumption rate since a majority of items are made in China where manufacturing more often than not results in harmful carbon emissions. In the place of purchasing gifts, a social form of barter is more efficient, giving time and services to family and friends instead. Eating less meat is also another strategy (Oppenlander,R.). UN reports that animal agriculture is among the top three contributors to “the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global”. Reusing also helps to reduce purchasing.

I also walk instead of using a car for short distances or car pool for longer distances. I use cold water to do my laundry, repair leaking pipes and close taps when not in use. I try to use solar appliances (Rajamani,L.) to reduce electricity consumption. I also do not liter and I have become somewhat of an environmental police for my friends and family who have as a result become more aware of their contribution to climate change. Solar panels have been installed at home as a result and steps to reduce electricity consumption such as use of energy saving bulbs taken.

I am involved in community environmental activities such as clean ups and tree planting. These initiatives are a great way to make a greater impact. Through social media, I can actively participate in informing other people on how to take part in global change politics and also get involved in international events such as Earth Day celebrated annually on 22nd April.

References list

White Micah.(2015).The End of Protest.

Oppenladder A. Richard.(2011). Comfortably Unaware. Langdon Street Press.

Rajamani L. (2012).’The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action and the future of the climate regime’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, vol.61, pp. 501-18.

Romm Joseph. (2015).Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press.