Taking Small Steps with Climate Change Looming


I would say that I have always made attempts, however small, to protect the surrounding environment. I took a few classes in high school and college in which I learned more about the issues of climate change and global warming. This further emphasized my desire to do anything I can to combat these issues.


When I was in college, I would always either try to walk or bike to class. Even though it may have taken a bit longer to reach class, it gave me some exercise and made me feel good knowing that I wasn’t contributing to the outside pollution. Sometimes, I would have to rely on taking the bus, but even that is a better option than driving in a car by oneself. With the pandemic going on, I find myself staying at home more, not having to drive around as often.


I also try my best to reduce my waste. I make sure to use reusable water bottles and recycle paper. I remember to turn off electronics when I’m not using them, and I try to waste as little water as possible when I’m brushing my teeth or taking a shower. I have also been trying to reduce the time I leave the air conditioner and heater on.


I personally feel that it is important to take action against climate change and global warming. The air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions created from burning fossil fuels and driving cars can have negative effects on health. The melting of the ice caps can raise sea levels and harm plant and animal life. More extreme weather events, such as droughts, can become more commonplace and result in negative impacts on everyday society. To halt climate change, it will take a collective effort, and I believe awareness of the issue is the most important first step. People have to be willing to accept that climate change is a real thing, and that it is possible to do something about it. We can all do something small everyday to help fight against global warming and make the world a better place to live.


Here's more great news regarding President Biden and the Paris Climate Agreement:


https://www.npr.org/sections/inauguration-day-live-updates/2021/01/20/958923821/biden-moves-to-have-u-s-rejoin-climate-accord


--BitterSweet Coaching Guest Writer

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