By Amanda de Lauzon, DIGITAL MEDIA INTERN
I have been seeing so much about climate change in the news recently and I feel like I personally have learned a lot from it. As a college student I see a lot of my classmates making an effort to prevent climate change in their everyday lives and I’m inspired to do the same. While it’s hard to change the way you live your life you have to think about what world you are leaving for the future generations. I grew up playing outside, learning about plants and animals and the world around us. We want our kids to live on a planet where they can see the beauty in the nature around them and the plants and animals that live in these ecological systems.
What Did We Learn from Greta Thunberg?
16-year-old climate activist from Sweden who is speaking out against international leaders for climate change awareness is actively teaching us what it means to be a strong leader no matter the age, gender, or race.
“To be different is a strength,” she said to CNN in an interview in regards to her diagnosis with Asperger’s.
She is not strong despite her gender, despite her age, despite her disability, she is just strong. We can all learn a lot from what she stands for and who she is. She stands up for what she believes in and puts the work in no matter the backlash she has faced. She is just one person but her voice speaks for her entire generation. Each person can make a difference and change the world in their own way and Greta proves that.
The world we are leaving after us is one that our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren will live in. We are leaving a mark on the planet and right now it’s not a good one. We have all seen the videos of the ice caps melting, of the coral reef dying, and the plastic in the oceans. We watch these and we feel sad but what can we do to stop it. It starts with speaking up. Greta Thunberg is teaching kids everywhere that they have a voice. We can all take a part in the fight against climate change and it starts with cleaning up our own lives. So what can we do to make a difference?
Join marches for the fight against climate change
Voice your concerns via social media to elected officials
Continue the conversation about climate change with others
Educate others on what you know about the topic
Join local cleanups
Be more energy efficient
Unplug electronics when they aren’t being used
Get energy efficient bulbs
Wash clothes in cold water and in full loads
Use more natural light
Plant a garden/trees
Change up your diet-become vegan or vegetarian
Eat less meat
Grow your own
Cut down on waste
Take short showers
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth
Buy a reusable water bottle and cut down on plastic bottles
A reusable straw too!
Ride your bike or walk rather than drive
Take public transportation
Pick up trash
When you shop make sure to bring a reusable shopping bag
Spend less money on fast fashion or clothes that may not last long