20 Best Ways to Stop Climate Change in 2020
Meaghan Weeden | September 17, 2020 | 5 min read
Here are 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Climate Change
From increased extreme weather events to rising sea levels, extended wildfire seasons, and prolonged droughts that put pressure on food crops, our climate is changing right before our eyes. And many wonder: will we be able to change quickly enough to fix it?
The good news is that although there any many challenges to overcome, we’re not alone! As demonstrated by Fridays for the Future and other global movements, millions of people are concerned enough to take direct action by protesting, organizing, and speaking truth to power.
So what can you do today to stop climate change in its tracks? You may not be able to dust off your protest sign for a little while, but rest assured: there’s plenty you can do right now to make a difference. And who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire a movement of your own!
Ready to Get Started? Read on For 20 of Our Best Actionable Ways to Help You Stop Climate Change in 2020:
1. LEARN HOW TO RECYCLE PROPERLY
We get it: you’ve heard this a million times before, and it’s hard to know what really is recyclable these days. But recycling remains an effective and important way to reduce your carbon footprint. Looking for ways to improve recycling? Check out our How to Recycle Guide to learn more!
2. Support Women & Educate Girls
Empowered women empower women, and when they have have a voice in things like family size and livelihood, women can play a key role in addressing climate change. Support mentoring programs and participate in microeconomics initiatives that help women start small, sustainable businesses!
3. USE Renewable Energy Sources
It’s no secret that extracting fossil fuels is wrecking our planet, which is why we need to shift to renewable energy sources. But even if you can’t afford to buy a Tesla, there’s plenty of ways you can reduce energy consumption, including signing up for solar panels, finding a green energy provider, and replacing all of your lightbulbs with LEDs.
4. Green up Your Commute
Gas-powered vehicles guzzle up fossil fuels, clog highways, and spew out toxic greenhouse gases. That adds up to a TON of pollution (and road rage). So whenever possible, grab your bike, hop on a bus or train, or lace up your walking shoes. The planet — and your waistline — will thank you!
5. Eat Less Meat
There’s no getting around it: eating factory farmed animals from thousands of miles away is just plain bad — for our health, the planet, and our wallets. So try incorporating more local, plant-based meals into your diet. You might be pleasantly surprised by how delicious vegetables can be!
7. Become a veritable Mr(s). Fix-it
Our wasteful ways are trashing our planet and costing us a lot of money, too. So the next time you find a hole in your sock or your washer is on the fritz, consider repairing before replacing. Don’t have the skills? Hop on YouTube or ask an elder in your life!
8. Use Less Plastic
But you can recycle it, right? Wrong. Greenpeace recently discovered most plastic gets baled and shipped to countries with lax environmental protection laws. Until we have a better recycling system in place, it’s best to avoid plastic entirely.
9. Vote Like Your Planet Depends on it
Vote for climate-conscious representatives in every election and urge them to commit to setting science-based targets to reduce emissions, implement clear-eyed plans for addressing climate change, and shift to a clean-energy economy.
11. Shop More Sustainably
Within the last decade, we’ve seen an upsurge in high-quality, affordable sustainable goods. These companies are passionate about planting trees and sourcing sustainable materials. Small companies can have a big impact on the environment and you can support them!
12. Encourage Your Elected Officials to Support a Green Recovery
To restart our economy and recover jobs will require bold action — and what better action than to rebuild our infrastructure with green technology? Read our recent article about the need for a modern day Civilian Conservation Corps to see what that could look like!
13. Be Water-Wise
It can be easy to waste water when it flows freely from the tap, but those that live in water stressed areas—and have to walk miles to get it—know its true worth. You can reduce your water usage by taking shorter showers, not watering your lawn, fixing leaky pipes, and even eating less meat.
14. Divest From Fossil Fuels
Just 100 fossil fuel companies are responsible for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions, leading many schools and faith groups to divest from fossil fuels altogether. Make sure that your workplace, pension fund, university, or bank doesn’t invest in them — and if they do, start a divestment campaign of your own!
15. Support Youth-Led Movements
When it comes to climate change, young people have the most at stake. Although COVID-19 has temporarily reduced their ability to hold in-person protests, you can bet that they'll get back out there as soon as possible. Help them grow by joining in, listening, and offering your support!
16. Manage Your Refrigerants
Say what? Traditional air conditioners and refrigerators depend on HFC coolants to operate — and unfortunately, these coolants are 1,000-9,000X more warming than carbon. So work with your local recycling or waste facility to properly dispose of your old appliances.
17. Clean Up Your Digital Footprint
Every time you use the internet, you release CO2. We aren’t saying you have to go off the grid, but try to bring more mindfulness to your use by cleaning up your email inbox, downloading any videos that you stream frequently, and signing up for a green browser extension like WeHero.
18. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
We’ve already talked about divesting from fossil fuels, but let’s take that one step further and invest in sustainable alternatives. If you can’t get your bank to green up its portfolio, take your money elsewhere: find an ethical bank by searching in this helpful database.
19. Make Your Yard (Or Balcony!) a Pollinator Oasis
Support your local environment by planting native, pollinator-friendly flowers and herbs — either in containers on your balcony or directly in the ground in your backyard. Want to take it a step further? Make your own seed balls and distribute them around your local environment!
20. Let Your Voice Be Heard
As an eco-conscious person, you know why climate change matters, but not everyone is as environmentally aware. And we bet there’s someone in your family or social circle that falls into the latter group. So if they’re open to it, let them know why you’re so passionate and invite them to try some of these tips for themselves.