Together, we can make an impact.
Have you heard? The Earth is still in trouble.
Yes, we’re in the middle of unprecedented times, but the pandemic will end. And, though carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution have fallen as a result of the crisis, it’s not enough to reverse the effects of global warming.
You’ve probably seen news reports documenting some of them:
- Devastating hurricanes and superstorms
- The five hottest years on record (2014–2018)
- Natural events like severe floods, droughts, and wildfires
- Record-high levels of carbon dioxide
Many groups say the Earth is struggling, and climate change will create even more suffering in the future:
- The United Nations, youth activists, politicians, and researchers demand action.
- Most publishing climate scientists (97%) agree global warming and climate change are occurring… and that we are the cause.
As the planet warms, extreme weather events will become more frequent and intense, sea levels will continue to rise, more droughts will put pressure on our food supply, and many animal and plant species will be driven to extinction.
It’s not too late to help.
But it is getting more urgent. True, one person can’t fix these issues alone. But, if we each do our part, it will make a difference over time.
If we do nothing, global warming will get worse… which will result in even more catastrophes like what we’ve already witnessed: the devastating wildfires in Australia and California, as well as many natural disasters and major storms.
The human cost of these increased disasters will eventually become near-incalculable: tens of millions of new climate refugees per year, severe resource scarcity, political unrest, and increased disease outbreaks are just a few of the expected results if these problems aren’t addressed.
Like surviving a pandemic, addressing environmental change takes combined efforts and many solutions. We can all do something. The current crisis is proof we can mobilize quickly to make a difference… and even small changes can make an impact.
So, let’s get started.
- Recycle paper, aluminum, and plastics.
- Hang clothes to dry when possible.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Winterize your home to keep heat from escaping.
- Avoid cooling your home with an air conditioner when possible.
- Reduce climate-polluting emissions by using public transit, bicycling, walking, or carpooling.
- Use eco-friendly products when possible.
- Educate yourself and others about the dangers of climate change.
- Maintain your car.
- Take your own bags when shopping.
- Make your voice heard (vote, write letters, promote the issues, and get involved).
The pandemic may have reduced some of the effects of energy consumption, but what happens when it’s over? Unfortunately, global warming will increase unless we adjust the way we’re living. Let’s combine efforts and do our part to prevent climate change.
April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Learn more of the facts and ways you can help at EarthDay.org.