5 Ways to Slow Down Global Warming and Climate Change

A view of Sugar Creek near Narrows Covered Bridge in Parke County. Imagine what would happen to this place if climate change continues, which would prevent tourists from seeing this scenic view.

Imagine what were to happen to this scenic creek if climate change continued, which would prevent tourists from seeing this breathtaking view.

Beyond all the news surrounding politics, the problem with climate change and global warming are gradually going out of control. Changes can’t be made in one huge step but we can possibly eradicate the worst effects eventually, in the following ways:

First of all, use alternative modes of transportation. When I used to live in Washington, D.C., my main modes of transportation were both the city bus and the subway train. Please note that a gallon of gas burns about 24 pounds of carbon dioxide, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. If your destination takes only a few minutes to get to, walk or use a bike. If you don’t have a bike, consider getting one. You’ll release no emissions at all if you do so.

Secondly, consume less energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the total primary energy consumption per person was about 300 million British thermal units in 2017. The more items are plugged in and turned on, the more energy will be consumed. Make sure to turn off the lights and unplug electronics when not in use. Try your best to take shorter showers as well. Simple acts like these can save energy.

Third, avoid using plastic that you can dispose of quickly. Plastic takes many years to decompose. Instead of using plastic grocery bags, bring your own reusable bag; and instead of using plastic bottles, use your own tumbler. If you care about the environment so much, try to accumulate less plastic in your house.

Another way to save energy is to replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Energy-efficient light bulbs, such as LEDs, use less energy than incandescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs burn out quickly, while LED bulbs get dimmer over time, which is why they have a longer life, usually lasting for 10-15 years. Though they may be expensive, they are worth the cost.

Last but not least, recycle! It takes energy to manufacture resources like plastic bottles and aluminium cans. Less energy can be used to break down these products and be formed into a new creation. This method also reduces how much trash ends up in landfills, also decreasing the amount of methane released into the air.

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