If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the problem of climate change, you’re not alone. For many of us, it can often feel like we’re not in a position to make a difference — after all, what can we do to help prevent global warming? The answer is plenty. There are many ways to fight climate change, and we need all global warming solutions to work together if we’re to succeed. That means individual efforts to reduce our carbon footprints, climate strategies from pioneering businesses and organizations, and carbon removal solutions, such as direct air capture. Everyone has a part to play, and you can choose to take action today, right now, without even leaving your house.
Keep reading to learn how to fight global warming at home:
One of the most impactful things you can do if you’re wondering how to fight climate change from home is to consider using a renewable energy provider. We urgently need to transition away from burning fossil fuels, which release more CO₂ into the atmosphere, i.e., the leading cause of climate change. As a global warming solution, renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are paving a more sustainable way forward. As an added bonus, the cost of renewables has plummeted over the last decade — even undercutting the cheapest coal-fired power plants. Most utility companies now offer renewable energy options, and making the switch could be as easy as contacting your existing provider.
Aside from switching to renewable energy, there are ways we could all limit our energy consumption at home. Firstly, by making simple adjustments such as: air drying your laundry outside instead of using a drier, using a cold-water cycle in your washing machine, turning off lights when not in use, or wearing a jumper inside instead of reaching for the thermostat. But secondly, you might also consider increasing energy efficiency in your home. You can achieve this by investing in roof insulation, which traps warmth and reduces the need for heating, or energy-efficient lightbulbs like LEDs. These climate change fighting measures might seem small, but if enough people make these adjustments, they can have real impact. For more ideas on how to address climate change in your daily life, check out our carbon footprint calculator.
In its 2019 report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that food generates up to 37% of man-made emissions. As you might have heard, eating meat increases our ecological footprints significantly. Livestock, such as cows, generate a huge amount of methane — a natural gas that’s twenty-five times more potent than CO₂. The meat industry also requires enormous quantities of land, and not only do we need forests for nature-based carbon removal, but when trees are cut down for farming, they release any CO₂ they’ve soaked up back into the atmosphere. That’s why adjusting your diet is such an impactful way to fight climate change from home. So where should you start? You could reduce or remove meat from your diet. Additionally, you could commit to buying local and seasonal food where possible — this cuts emissions from food transport.
Another way to reduce your food-based emissions is to cut down on waste. Too often, we visit the grocery store, buy plastic-wrapped foods, stock our fridge, discard the packaging, forget what we’ve bought, and end up throwing away expired goods. This cycle of waste is seen by many as another cause of global warming. Firstly, plastic packaging requires a lot of energy to be manufactured and even recycled. Secondly, discarded food waste ends up in landfills, where it slowly breaks down and releases greenhouse gases. You can make a difference by avoiding plastic where possible and by food shopping more consciously, only buying what you need. Another way to do your bit for the climate is to use any unavoidable food waste for compost. Decaying food enriches soil which can soak up and store CO₂ — i.e., a carbon removal solution in your back garden!
If you enjoy retail therapy — this one could prove tricky! Let’s take fashion as an example: this industry accounts for about 8-10% of global carbon emissions. Though you may have heard of the impact of recreational flying on the environment, shockingly, fashion uses more energy than both aviation and shipping combined. So, how can we consume more responsibly? It starts by leaving your credit card safely in your wallet. Always repair, reuse, and repurpose your clothes and belongings where possible. A great New Year’s Resolution suggested by one of our Climeworkers, was to set “no buy targets” throughout the year so you can keep yourself accountable. But if you do need to buy something new? Why not choose to shop with sustainable brands.
How can we combat climate change? Ultimately, one of the best things you can do as an individual is quite simple: stay engaged, keep learning, and start conversations with your friends, family members, and colleagues. And even if you’re not able to tick off everything on this list — we don’t need perfect people, we just need more people to do what they can. With a few small adjustments, every individual can help fight climate change from home.
What are carbon footprints, and what can you do about yours? Find out more in: Our guide to carbon footprints.
Discover how we’re using technology to fight climate change in: Direct air capture: our technology to capture CO2.
Inspired by the wild? Us too. Read more about our connection to nature in: The story behind our Orca plant.