You are probably wondering what people can do to prevent global warming. There are many small changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint, from turning down your water heater to using more efficient light bulbs. The problem is that while these solutions help, they alone will not reduce your emissions enough to prevent global warming.
What We Can Do
If you want to make a real difference, you will have to make real changes- not just small adjustments to your daily routine. You will have to take courageous actions like selling your car and buying local food. But these changes can be hard to make.
The question you need to ask is: How can you give people the courage to take these actions and see the benefits for themselves? Have you ever wondered what actually gets people to do something to prevent global warming?
You will be most likely act if your contributions are public and visible to others. If people see that what you are doing is possible, then they too will feel motivated to change. I was very encouraged when I heard this because I had come to a very similar conclusion a few years ago.
I had watched a movie called “A Force More Powerful,” which is a PBS documentary about successful non-violent mass movements in the 20th century. After watching the documentary it seemed clear that all the successful mass movements consisted in large part of individual and collective actions that were highly visible to the public.
The Best Ways
You Can Take Action
So how can you take action to stop climate change, while at the same time directly show people that you are making a difference?
Become a beacon for change by taking action in public places. Ride your bike instead of your car on a regular basis. Use your bicycle to commute to your workplace, the grocery store and everywhere in between. Chat with co-workers about why you ride your bike and the great benefits of riding over driving. You can show them that since biking to work you are happier, more productive and healthier in general. You will save thousands of dollars per year by biking over driving, and thousands of pounds in CO2 emissions.
But there are even more ways to help prevent global warming.
Another important way you can help is to make use of a powerful ability you probably didn’t even know you have. Learn how.
Author: Brown, Nathan. A Cooler Climate, 2008.