By Maddie Curnow
Global Warming. An issue that for a long time has felt as if it had always been there but didn’t matter. Now more than ever, global warming is something that needs to be recognized and fought against. The United Nations’ science sector made a statement giving just twelve years to limit carbon emissions before the world is locked into irreversible environmental problems. That twelve year period may not seem like a lot of time, but there are plenty of small things you can do between now and 2031 to do your part to limit emissions.
1.) Limit the amount of plastic you are using
According to National Geographic, about 18 billion pounds of plastic make their way into the ocean annually. However, you can do your part to chip away at that overwhelming number. In most cases, using plastic is a matter of convenience and laziness. While it may be easier to use single use water bottles, plastic bags, or straws, consider investing in their reusable counterparts. All can be purchased online through easily accessible vendors like Target and Amazon. A single investment in using reusable products is an easy step you can take to limit your use of plastic. Whenever you are given the option, make the conscious effort to avoid plastic.
2.) Plant crops that draw bees
Bees may feel like a nuisance, but they are anything but. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, every third bite of food you take will include a product made possible by the pollination of honey bees. However, the inner clock that bees refer to for pollination has been failing with the increasing temperature as a result of global warming, causing them to die out. To prevent the bee population from dwindling completely, consider planting lavender, black eyed susans, or summer lilacs to draw in honeybees.
3.) Turn off your lights on the way out
Doing your part to lessen the effects of global warming is as simple as a flip of the switch. Boston University says by turning off your lights when you leave can “reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 0.15 pounds per hour.” It cannot be more simple than simply turning the light off when you leave a room; if you are not using a light, turn it off. Flipping a switch off is the difference between an inhabitable world and one free of environmental problems.
No matter what you do, know that you are a part of the global warming problem. These steps may seem small, but doing them will all contribute to a not just a better future, but a future at all.