Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tackling Climate Change

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The menace of climate change has to be tackled effectively for a livable planet for our children's children. Besides, actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relies heavily on it.
 For example, natural disasters attributed to global warming appears undermine progress in women's empowerment and gender equality. Women are often denied equal access to education, information, legal protection and other rights and resources, making it difficult for them to cope with the impacts of climate change. In addition, it further widens the chasm between the rich and the poor, and worsens poverty especially in the third world countries...
Everyone has a part to play to help reduce our individual carbon footprint. A lot needs to be done, but the measures outlined below would go a long way in making our world greener:

  • Educating people (especially at the grassroots level) so that they can take proactive measures to protect the environment and tackle climate change.
  • Hygiene, sanitation and access to clean water which is crucial to minimizing the health impact of climate change due to drought and flood. This measure is both preventive and palliative...
  • Planting more trees in order to take more carbon out of the atmosphere and purify the air.
  • Using alternative energy sources such as solar or wind, if available.
  • Buying energy-efficient appliances.
  • Considering a fuel-efficient model when buying a new car.
  • Driving at a lower speed to increase fuel efficiency.
  • Recycling paper, plastic and organic materials.
  • Using durable, reusable shopping bags, not disposable plastic bags.
  • Storing all solvents in airtight containers.
  • Working from home if possible.
  • Turning off office equipment (e.g., computers, printers and fax machines) after working hours.
  • Buying food with less packaging
  • Buying food produced locally, since transportation of foodstuff over long distances uses a great amount of energy and emits huge amounts of pollution.