Climate Change: One Problem With Many Solutions
A lot of people are looking for the solution to global climate change. Is it recycling that will save the planet? Electric cars? Solar panels on every home? Wind farms? There's a lot of pressure to find the solution that's going to finally fix the problem of global warming once and for all. When the slightest problem emerges with any one solution, it is only human nature to want to cast that solution aside and look for a better one; the right solution must be out there, somewhere, mustn't it?
Reduce Carbon Emissions
First we must understand what's causing global climate change. In a nutshell: the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is creating a greenhouse effect that is gradually warming the temperature worldwide. Seems simple enough. Reduce carbon emissions, and you'll be able to slow or stop the rising temperature, right? The thing is that carbon dioxide emissions come from a wide variety of sources; some big, some small, many of them central to the life humanity has built for itself in the modern era.
Use Renewable Energy
First of all, a lot of the energy that powers our homes, businesses, and transportation comes from non-renewable sources like gas and coal, and a lot of that energy produces dioxide as a waste gas. Remember carbon dioxide? It's a major greenhouse gas and part of what's causing global warming. The good news is that there are more and more options for renewable energy; options that produce fewer or even no carbon emissions. The bad news is that no one renewable energy option is perfect. Wind farms take up a lot of space and create noise. Solar panels are made from electronics that create toxic byproducts. No one solution is going to be perfect everywhere. In Fresno solar panels might be the best choice, but in other areas, wind power might be a better option.
Use Less Energy
Using renewable energy isn't the only solution either; you can also help by reducing the amount of energy you consume. Switching from non-renewable to renewable energy sources won't happen overnight, and in the meantime, reducing our energy usage will help. That can come in all kinds of forms: better insulation, more efficient appliances, hybrid technology and simply changing our habits can all reduce energy consumption. Waste doesn't stop with energy either; we can also reduce water waste and the amount of waste we put in our landfills at the same time.
Protect the Environment
The other side of the equation is taking those greenhouse gasses out of the air, and the best and simplest way to do that is with trees. Protecting existing forests, replanting old ones, and planting new ones are vital to combating climate change. Forest management is also important to prevent forest fires, which put even more greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Planting trees and protecting trees is going to be just as important as every other part of any plan to stop and reverse climate change.
Ignorance, both willful and unintentional, is the greatest enemy in the fight against climate change. If people don't know that it is happening, or choose to hide the fact that it is happening, it is impossible to fight. People can't fight climate change if they don't know how. Educate yourself and do your best to educate others about the realities of climate change and how to combat it. Speak out not only to the people around you but especially to your representatives in government and even your employers and the leaders of businesses that you endorse. Your voice is also a weapon that can be used to combat climate change.
Perhaps the biggest problem with global climate change is that there isn't one solution. There is no one path to stopping the rising climate and there isn't one solution. Instead, there must be an assortment of solutions, all working together and all equally important. Attacking the problem on all sides is the best and fastest way to overwhelm it.