How to Effect Change
As the effects of climate change unfold, scientists worldwide are stressing a fundamental truth: planetary health is inexorably linked to human health. Preventative health practices and disaster preparation will enable us to stave off diseases and survive catastrophic weather events, respectively, but we can also do our part to fight against global warming. According to NRDC, individuals can help improve the health our Earth by:
- Driving more fuel-efficient cars or hybrid vehicles
- Using public transportation or cycling to work
- Using household appliances and devices that expend less energy
- Retrofitting their homes with ‘green’ technologies (like solar panels or compact fluorescent light bulbs)
- Researching alternative energies and getting involved in community-level projects that promote awareness of climate change causes and effects
Many of the effects of climate change are irreversible, but most experts agree we can take measures as a planet to ensure long-term survival and sustainability. As individuals and as a global population, we can reduce the health risks of climate change but reimagining the ways we process materials, power our homes, and get from one place to another. There are plenty of ways to get involved.