The recent Australian bushfires have truly shocked the world - and woke many of us up to the real dangers of climate change. The disaster has got many people wondering how they can do their bit to help the environment.
There are many ways you can donate money, food, clothes and more to support organisations working to combat the situation. Right now, we see international celebrities and everyday people doing their bit to help.
So, moving forward, what can you do at home to tackle climate change? Often, changing simple daily habits can make all the difference.
1. Recycle everything you can
Recycling goes beyond sorting our used food containers into the right bin (though that’s important too!).
Waste less by making sure you only purchase the things you need. Remember that you can reuse, recycle or revamp old clothes and furniture to help reduce your carbon footprint. Before you throw something away, consider giving it a new lease of life. For example, have you ever considered painting your unwanted furniture to save money?
2. Switch to solar power
Non-renewable energy sources are maxing out your bills and damaging the planet. Try to minimise your use of air con and heating. Instead, put on a jumper or improve the insulation in your home.
Switch to solar panels and take advantage of the consistently sunny weather in Australia. Renewable energy is now more widely available and is really the best option to power up your home and your life.
3. Stop driving to work
Most parts of Australia have good access to public transport. If possible, leave your car at home when you travel to work, the gym or anywhere else you visit regularly. Consider alternatives like cycling, walking, carpooling or hopping on your local tram/train/bus!
Changing how you travel reduces your carbon emissions and could contribute to a healthier lifestyle for you, too.
4. Reduce your meat intake
Countless Netflix documentaries warn us about the climate dangers of consuming too many animal products, but how true is that? Well, experts say that animal agriculture is a leading contributor to greenhouse gases and pollution.
Try to reduce any leftovers by throwing them into a soup or stew, and increase your veggie intake while decreasing how much meat you eat. One trend we’re onboard with is growing your own fruit and vegetables with a hydroponic tent.
5. Have your say
Use your voice and platforms such as social media to get involved/launch climate change conversations. You might be able to teach others how they can live a more sustainable lifestyle, and in turn, also learn new things yourself.
Finally, don’t forget to use your vote wisely! Change is in your hands.