High Impact Climate Change Actions

REAL Things You Can Do to Help Fight the Climate Crisis Besides Using a Reusable cup

As 2020 comes to an end we are all ready to breath a sigh of relief.  But the crisis’s we were dealing with before the election, before Covid, civil unrest and everything else that we  have dealt with this year are still going to be there, if not accelerated from before. 

For a while when Covid struck and everything was shut down, there was an onslaught of movies on social media of ‘nature taking back over’.  Some of them were fake, some of them weren’t.  It was beautiful either way.  But now we have all been using disposable masks, take out food containers and disposable hand sanitizer containers. 

Yes plastic again.  But we are also talking about unprecedented hurricanes and forest fires, lack of regulation on companies, companies having needed to take social responsibility for sources of disinformation (Twitter has to tag the president as disinformation). 

All of these things need to be sorted again.  Along with the distribution of a global vaccine and the transition of power without the outgoing administration giving over any statistics or data for anything… including emissions.

Climate Change is one of the things that the Biden Administration says that they are going to work on and that makes me hopeful.  That does not mean that we as citizens should breath a sigh of relief and sit back.  Our job is far from done.  In fact putting someone in office that is willing to concede to science and facts should be viewed as the lowest bar set.  Our work is just beginning.

Things you can go to help fight the climate crisis:

-Cut back on meat: Commercial farming has become profit over everything else including the health of soil, health of animals and health of the consumer.  Meat takes up so many resources.  According to an article in business insider the environmental impact of on hamburger patty is 14.6 gallons of water, 13.5 pounds of feed 64.5 square feet of land, 0.126 pounds of methane (Green house gas) with 4 foot carbon Foot print.  That’s PER PATTIE.  Cutting back on meat is one of the easiest and best things you can do for the climate.  If you look at the data industrial farming is one of the top contributors (1-3 top contributors) in air pollution, water pollution and emission of greenhouse gasses.  That’s anywhere from 14%-50% of gasses.

-Cut back on consuming:  Don’t buy new.  There is really very little reason to buy new anything anymore but even if you just resolve to not buy one thing new, you are cutting down on the waste that is taken to make it, to package it and to transport it.  This includes on things like plastics, single use containers but also things like clothes, electronics, cars, books and furniture.  When you do have to buy new make sure that what you buy is high quality so that it lasts as long as possible. 

– Fossil fuels:  Of course, fuck fossil fuels.  We must get away from these through over arching policy change, which is going to take a lot of work as our society has been built on them.  We can not carry on this way but at the same time for many of us there are few options.  Try to not drive as much and when you do make sure that you have multiple people in the car and car pool.  If fyou can afford it invest in electric.  Use public transport when it is available.  Bike.  But most of all make sure that you are truly holding companies accountable and know that when you fill up your tank, what that means.

-Educate Yourself:  Don’t just listen to the first thing you hear in anything.  This applies to things from Climate change to politics.  Check your sources and read a lot of them.  Unite behind science.  Science is not or at least should not be informed by politics.  It should be the other way around.  Political policy should be informed by science.  Books, documentaries, papers…everything that you can consume on a topic, consume it and make sure you have a true understanding of climate change.  Its not just about the world getting warmer; its about coral bleaching, its about water rights, its about the nutrient deficiency in our soil, its about ecosystems tipping into hegemony.  All of those things can be read about and should be part of the larger discussion.  But again, don’t take my word for it.  Now that you’ve heard it, you can go read it.  This is what you should do every time you hear a topic you don’t know about.  We live in an unprecedented age of information accessibility.  Use it and use it critically. 

-Support activists: Activism is taxing.  I find it unbelievable how people treat activists.  The way that people attack them for simply wanting something better in the world.  Try to dig down to that, even if you don’t always agree with the exact project or policy.  Most of all give the support that they need.  This can be from monetarily if you can and if they can accept donations on sites like Partron, sharing their social media posts, exposing other people to their cause.  Even a kind word or showing up is more helpful then you can possibly know.

More over, be careful who you are willing to dismiss.  The way that people speak about young activists is utterly appealing especially when you look at the history of activism and really how it has always been carried out by youth.  Do not dismiss someone because you feel they are too young, to idealistic, too black, too emotional…whatever!  Activists do not need your permission to care and degrading them for the very things that make them caring is idiotic.

Hold companies and politicians accountable:  The truth is that this is the biggest one.  Yes every little bit matters but the trick of fossil fuel companies is to make us think that this is a crisis of the individual.  Its not.  While an individual changing their habits helps every little bit, these companies are the ones producing the most CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases. 

Hold them accountable.  Demand regulations that limit emissions on these big companies.  Demand that we rejoin and meet our goals in the Paris Agreement. Make sure that the political figures you are supporting know about the issues surrounding the climate crisis and are actually willing to support it publicly.

Yes plastic again.  But we are also talking about unprecedented hurricanes and forest fires, lack of regulation on companies, companies having needed to take social responsibility for sources of disinformation (Twitter has to tag the president as disinformation).  All of these things need to be sorted again.  Along with the distribution of a global vaccine and the transition of power without the outgoing administration giving over any statistics or data for anything… including emissions.

Climate Change is one of the things that the Biden Administration says that they are going to work on and that makes me hopeful.  That does not mean that we as citizens should breath a sigh of relief and sit back.  Our job is far from done.  In fact putting someone in office that is willing to concede to science and facts should be viewed as the lowest bar set.  Our work is just beginning.


I do want to make one thing clear. We have been told that the climate crisis is now a plight of personal responsibility. That we are the ones that need to make small changes in our lives. This IS NOT going to be enough to bring down emissions to the levels that we need them to be at- negative. While I do everything I can in my daily life, the last bullet point is the one that really matters now, it is the only thing that will really make a big enough change.

If is not a coincidence that we have been told to stop using straws, to bring reusable bags. It gives us a false sense of accomplishment. It makes us think that we are doing something and reinforces the idea that this is an individual responsibility. Its not. Of course you should do those things. But its kind of like a parenting book telling you not to suffocate your child. Its the bare minimum that needs to be done and that we need to be doing.

DEMAND CHANGE from government, big companies and billionaires. Remind them that profits wont mean anything if we are all dead.

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