By Emmanuel Vallarta
Many screenshots of articles from The Guardian have been circulating social media platforms. The various articles state that the Earth has until 2030 until climate change will become irreversible. Of course, this statement is alarming and people question if it is reliable. This topic is not up for debate. The world is experiencing extreme weather patterns, from huge hurricanes to intense droughts throughout the world. Many people look at this and lose all hope. Climate change can be lessened by things you do in your regular life and can improve your health.
One way is to reduce your portions of meat per meal. For many people, this is the hardest thing to give up, but it is possible. It doesn’t onlyreduce your carbon footprint, but it can assist your health. An alternative to beef is chicken, which is very healthy because of the proteins and selenium found within it, which improves your immune system. Although it does produce carbon emissions, it is significantly less than beef. According to Greeneatz.com, a site that compares the carbon emissions of food, one kilogram of beef creates 27 kilos of carbon dioxide and lamb creates 39.2 kilos of carbon dioxide, making lamb the highest on their list with beef in second. The lowest rated food on the food table is lentils which creates 0.9 kilos of carbon per kilo.
Another good way to reduce your carbon footprint would be to drink almond milk instead of cow milk. It’s not only healthier for you, but also for the environment. According to OneGreenPlanet.com, almond milk uses less water to produce one glass, specifically 23 gallons, instead of the 30 gallons of water to produce one glass of cow milk. Although it might not be much of a difference, it is still better for the environment and conserves more water. Let’s not forget that 3.4 million gallons are used daily on dairy farms and that the dairy industry is increasing the levels of methane because of the cows’ natural bodily functions. They produce methane, which increases greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. To sum this part up, almond milk is significantly better for the environment than cow milk.
In addition, switching your homes energy to solar energy is a great way to help contribute to the prevention of further climate change. The sun is the most abundant energy source in the world. Most students don’t have their own home, but convincing the guardian of the home to switch to solar panels could prove profitable. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can save money. The solar panels would produce energy from the moment the sun hit them. Unused energy can also be sold to the city for a profit. This energy source is incredible for your wallet and the environment.
We need to change something in our lifestyle. In the past 10 years, climate change has become more concerning. The United States is one of the top contributors to pollution in the world, and if it doesn’t do anything to try and save the environment, other countries will be less likely to as well. With the news of climate change being irreversible after 2030, hopefully people will start to worry and change what they consume to benefit the environment and their health.