Tips for prevention of global warming

Tips for prevention of global warming

Let’s face it: the time to battle climate change is now. On a macro level, we need to shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. On an individual level, there are small daily changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint. Your choices today affect the climate of tomorrow. Here are some cool easy-to-implement choices that can help in the prevention of global warming.

MOVE THAT BODY!

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We all have clothes stashed away in dark corners of our closets: the dress that fit last summer (for exactly two weeks after that nasty flu!) or the trouser in which you can stand, but not sit (the button might fly and hit someone in the eye!). Instead of throwing them away or investing in an expensive gym, we have much simpler and cheaper solutions. Move as much as you can! Walk or cycle to college or office. Climb those stairs. Dance in your room. Grow your own vegetables. Shop less. Get down to cleaning your house. Kill two birds with one stone: get fit while consuming less and making smart choices!

GOOD FROM FAR BUT FAR FROM GOOD: PACKAGING SUCKS!

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In Germany the first waste-free supermarkets have opened—with stunning success. Customers buy local products and bring their own containers, which is super cool since it reduces almost 80 per cent of packaging waste! When you go to a mall or shop online, you get bags, boxes, plastic wrappings and so on. And they all mostly end up in the bin. The good news: your choices can make a difference! Make a conscious decision to not shop in stores that add layers of unnecessary packaging. Say no to plastic bags; use your own tote bag. Support eco- and social-conscious brands by buying their products. Use your power as a consumer!

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

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Steve Jobs once lived in a house with only a lamp and a mug even though he could afford more. Today, many people have chosen a minimalist lifestyle. It’s not only hip to live with less, it also helps fight climate change. Why? Owning less means wasting less. Wasting less means more space for recycling. More recycling means lesser purchase, which means less production emissions, making for a better world. So if you’re sick of your clothes, don’t buy new ones; exchange with your best friend (you always wanted to borrow that shirt!). If you buy less, you have to clean less—and you win brownie points with your mum! And a happy mum means a happy family.

EAT LESS MEAT, YOU HEARD RIGHT!

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Sure, that burger was awesome. And remember the chicken tikka you had last night? Well, if you want to become an eco leader, put these memories into a box and fall in love with those veggies. You see, meat production results in an insane amount of methane (yes, cow, sheep and pig farts produce methane!), which, in the form of a greenhouse gas, is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Luckily, Indian cuisine has lots of vegetarian options!

GO GREEN ON THE GO WITH THESE TOP 3 ECO APPS!

Are you just getting started on the eco-friendly path? No problem! Use the power of your smartphone. Here are Ben the Bear’s top three favourite eco apps:

ECO APPS FREE: THE BEST CURATION OF ECO APPS

2016-01-page-14-image-5It brings the latest free apps on the environment, recycling and healthy living straight to your phone. A fantastic collection from all around the world to create a better world!

+ The search for the best eco apps comes to an end!
Certain apps can only be downloaded in specific regions.

#CLIMATE: STOP TALKING AND START DOING

2016-01-page-14-image-6Are you a social media influencer and want to share content with your followers? #climate helps you discover and share climate change actions on your social feeds. With your personalised information feed and climate profile, you can be the change.

+ It enables you to participate and share.
You need to have a significant number of followers.

GOOD GUIDE: FIND THE RIGHT PRODUCTS

2016-01-page-14-image-7This app helps you make informed purchases by letting you know their environmental impact. Simply scan a product’s barcode to see how environmentally friendly the product is.

+ Good to know what goes into that bottle of shampoo!
The products’ prices are in USD, not INR.

The Coolest Clean Energy and Climate Change Advocates

Rapper AkonRapper Akon
His project Akon Lighting Africa aims to bring electricity to millions of homes via solar energy.

Image: © picture alliance / dpa

leonardoActor Leonardo DiCaprio
His foundation gave grants of $15 million to organisations working on impactful environmental projects towards the prevention of global warming.

Image: © picture alliance / dpa

Eco Hip-hop Artist Xiuhtezcatl MartinezEco Hip-hop Artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
As the youth director of Earth Guardians, this 15-year-old environmental activist is the face of the youth-led climate change movement.

Photo: Earth Guardians