COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE!!!
It's interesting that I stumbled across this issue because I've recently been considering what I can do to help prevent climate change on a personal level. I understand that I am only one person, and that in a world with almost eight billion people, my efforts may appear to be a drop in the bucket, or spitting in the ocean, or whichever metaphor you prefer.
I began reading publications on the subject and discovered that we were already implementing many of the proposed climate change solutions.
-Improve the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems:I have lived in two houses in the last twenty-five years. Both were renovated extensively to make them more energy and weather efficient.
I'm also a stickler for shutting off lights in rooms that aren't in use, which saves money and energy. When it comes to lights, these compact fluorescent lights have long since replaced all of the bulbs in the house.
LED lighting has replaced the majority of our ceiling lights. All of this is, once again, more energy efficient.
-Recycle:I have been recycling everything possible since before the current focus on climate change. Our local recycling center receives aluminum cans and any other metal we might otherwise discard, including used and damaged appliances. The same can be said for any discarded paper or cardboard. It's all recycled.
-Anything biodegradable should be composted: I've had a compost pit for years, where we bury any and all biodegradable waste. Everything goes in the compost pit, including potato peelings, banana peelings, eggshells, and leftover food. It's an excellent garden fertilizer. Coffee grinds can also be kept and used as fertilizer for plants and flowers in the garden.
-Cars that run on electricity:There is a push for hybrid and completely electric vehicles, and we are all in favour of purchasing them. Electric car prices may begin to fall in the future. Electric cars can cost up to $55,000.00, but according to Car and Driver, the expense is mitigated by the fact that they require less maintenance over time. Even so, many middle-class workers cannot afford such a large sum of money.
I am also a school bus driver in addition to being a medical practitioner. A typical diesel-powered school bus will set you back roughly $100,000.00. Electric school buses can cost up to $400,000.00.After that, school districts must work with local utility companies to establish charging stations for the electric buses.
Right now, small school districts like ours cannot afford a fleet of such.
The drawback to all of this is that it requires everyone to come on board. Of course, not everyone agrees with the answers to climate change.
We can establish a culture and civilization in Africa that is reliant on fossil fuels. We still have a long way to go before we can stop using it. But I like to think that what I've done thus far is a start.
One more thing to consider. I've always wanted to acquire some land in the country and create an off-the-grid cabin. I've been researching solar panels and rainwater filtration systems, as well as thinking out how my wife and I might make this a reality.
My point is that we must begin someplace. The more of us who participate, the better.-