This week, we were asked to think about how we could “make the leap” to help reduce climate change.
A large part of the climate change issue is the gas and oil emissions that we produce. We can help do this by carpooling or using public transit, and can further reduce these emissions by biking or walking. We can also help by cutting down on unnecessary power consumption. Turning off lights when you’re not in the room and unplugging things when you’re finished with them are a couple ways in which you can do this. I know that I am guilty of leaving lights on when I walk out of room, but with the embodying ecoliteracy assignment, I plan to make this something I am more aware of and it will be one of the small ways in which I can help. A third way to help the issue is by changing your eating habits. Eating organically and locally and limiting the amount of red meat you eat also reduces the amount of methane that goes into the atmosphere. I never realized before that beef production played such a big role in the climate change issue. In an article I read, they suggested that even if you don’t want to go completely meatless, you can reduce the amount you eat in a week. They mentioned that it’s not something that we need everyday, as we can get protein from other sources.
These are only a few of the ways in which I can help, but they will be the ones that I am going to focus on the most!