5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Ward Off Global Warming - Recycling is Not One of Them

The June 2016 combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 0.90°C (1.62°F) above the 20th century average, beating the previous record set in 2015 by 0.02°C (0.04°F). June 2016 marks the 40th consecutive June with temperatures at least nominally above the 20th century average.
— National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached a historic threshold as levels remain above 400 parts per million through the end of September – the point in which values typically drop to their lowest.
Climate scientists now warn that it’s ‘almost impossible’ that these numbers will fall next month, and likely won’t dip below 400ppm in the foreseeable future...

The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that August tied July as the hottest month ever recorded, making it the eleventh consecutive month of record-breaking temperatures.
— Cheyenne MacDonald for DAILYMAIL.COM

What do we do when the news is basically inciting us to run for the hills, to run for cover? When our ecosystems are showing us who’s really boss? What do we do when it seems like the masses aren’t listening to the subtle and sometimes even obnoxiously loud cues that something is truly amok, so we feel alone and powerless?

These are just a few of the questions I ask myself as I skim the headlines of today. But no, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."

With notions as pathetic as this one from the man running for president who shall remain nameless, it doesn’t surprise me that we haven’t made more progress towards sustainability.

So we wonder, what are we to do at this point?
 

Here are 5 things you can do right now to be the difference.

 

DEMAND MORE FROM CORPORATIONS AND OUR GOVERNMENT

There is big business in polluting the world and the financial yields seem to outweigh any environmental catastrophic event for both large corporations and government. But as much as these entities would like to believe they call the shots, our dollars do. Stop supporting industry, businesses, and policies that do not support you. One word my friend, BOYCOTT. And while you’re boycotting big business, contact your local politician and convince them to do their job. And just in case you don’t know who to contact, Here are the 56 percent of congressional republicans who deny climate change.

TRANSITION TO A VEGAN DIET

I know, sounds a little gimmicky. But when “livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of C02 per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions,” you can deduce that your diet may play a bigger role than you think it does. If everyone and their momma transitioned to a vegan diet today would our ecosystem bounce right back? No. We have officially dug a hole too deep. Even curbing transportation emissions could be futile. But over a course of time, the world would do as it does and bounce back. We just have to give it space to.

BUY ALTERNATIVE

Who shops at big box stores nowadays anyways, right? A lot of people still do surprisingly. Yet, it’s so fulfilling to make a responsible and sustainable purchase. And there are so many options for sustainable home goods, to food, to cars.

BUY LESS

When we buy less, we waste less. Less goes into landfills and into our oceans. Less methane gas. Simple enough?

IMPLORE OTHERS TO ALSO BE MORE  MINDFUL

Be the annoying friend at dinner parties. Be the one who is fed up and verbalizes it. As awkward as it can be, there is someone you are speaking to who agrees but maybe didn’t have the words. And there’s also the person who had no idea what was going on in the world (maybe) and will now be the shepherd of change in their own lives. Your voice can be the difference.

 

 

Maybe the reality is we cannot ward off global warming. Global warming is upon us. We are experiencing the atrocities of it as we speak - flooding, tsunamis, droughts, etc. All of which will only get worse.

Maybe instead of sustainability, we should just hope for survivability.  Is it time yet to shift our focus from sustainability to survivability?