Hi fellow citizens,
This is a plea from a fellow citizen named Eric. Nothing more, nothing less. This isn't political. This is simply one person reaching out to ask for help and a potential change in your perspective. And maybe we can all do a little to help each other and our shared home.
Over the last year or so, I've read, researched, watched, talked, and learned extensively about the issue of global warming / climate change. What I've learned has scared me. To the core. The earth is warming to reach unprecedented levels (while humans have been alive). The ice is melting. The sea is rising. And droughts, floods, hurricanes, coral reefs dying, and other extreme weather events are all occurring at rapid rates.
Burning fossil fuels and emitting CO2 is the primary cause for this rapid rise in temperature and increase in extreme weather events. Methane emissions are a major contributor as well along with deforestation and many other forms of pollution.
We've all benefitted from the industrial revolution. Fossil fuels have catapulted much of the world to standards of living never seen before in human history. But it all comes with a cost. If we don't act quickly, the earth as we know it will become unrecognizable. Coastal cities will flood, droughts in the driest areas of the world will rapidly increase, the polar ice caps will melt entirely, fish populations will decrease significantly, human migrations and potential wars will destabilize many regions of the world and many more dire consequences will occur. It's not me telling you this. It's the world's scientists. And it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when.
But we can mitigate the impending damage. If we all start to think about the issue and make changes in our lives.
Below are just some of the small things we can do ourselves to change our future for the better.
10 Simple Actions -
1. Have Climate Change be a Policy Litmus Test for when you Vote
2. Talk about the Issue with Friends and Relatives
3. Email, Call, or Write your Elected Officials to tell them where you stand on the Issue and ask for Action
4. Research how you Get Your Energy and See if There are More Sustainable Options Available to You
5. Look at Buying or Leasing an Electric Car instead of a Gas Powered Car
6. Try and Use Public Transportation or Car Sharing When You Can
7. Support a Carbon Tax and the Clean Energy Industry. This would go directly to increasing the viability of electric, solar, and wind power
8. Eat less meat, primarily beef. Methane emissions are primarily due to cattle. If you were to replace your beef consumption with chicken or turkey, that would significantly lower your carbon footprint
9. Strip animal meat from your diet altogether. That would go a great distance. Brands like "Beyond Meat" and "Impossible Foods" have great plant based alternatives to things like burgers and chicken
10. Use reusable bags everywhere you can at the grocery store, the mall, etc. And try to recycle as much as you can
5 Charities To Support -
1. The Conservation Fund
2. Environmental Defense Fund
3. Sierra Club
4. Friends of the Earth
5. Natural Resources Defense Council
All are highly rated on Charity Navigator - Your Guide To Intelligent Giving | Home
Below are some links to basic fact sheets, reports, recent news articles, and a few documentaries to get up to speed on the issue if you aren't already.
Fact Sheets -
News Articles -
An Inconvenient Truth (and the sequel)
Before the Flood
This isn't a political issue. It's a human issue. It's an issue for our species to combat and act on. We are the cause. But we can also be the solution.
Feel free to pass this along and share it with your friends and relatives. Make sure to change "Eric" to your name. Change starts with the people. Not the governments and the corporations.
A Fellow Citizen Named Eric