The words “climate change” can trigger unpleasant feelings. Many people are worried about global warming and fear seeing the detrimental effects in their lifetimes.
Luckily, fear is not necessary. The world is changing every day, and there’s convincing evidence that we will beat the climate crisis in the long run.
How Bad Is the Climate Crisis?
The state of the world should tell you all you need to know about the status of climate change: Things are bad. There are record-breaking temperatures, melting ice caps, dying coral reefs and rising sea levels. It’s difficult to say exactly where we can start repairing the damage humanity has done over the years.
However scary these occurrences may be, remain strong. There is hope, as humans can change what’s happening for the better. The tricky part is that everyone has to be on board and make small changes to their daily lives.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone saw how nature could heal with minimal human interference every day. Although normal routines have resumed, many people have taken measures to keep their carbon footprints low. Luckily, humans are capable of change and already have much of the technology that could slow or stop some environmental deterioration. All humanity needs to do is get on board.
Why There’s Hope for the Future
Change might seem far off, especially if you live in a place that does not stress green solutions. Still, times are changing and moving forward, and a greater emphasis is being placed on the environment. Many people want to change how they live and make the world greener for future generations. These are just a few ways you can expect the world to fight climate change, now and in the future.
Energy Is Changing
More places will move toward cleaner forms of energy over time. The United Kingdom already runs off 10% wind energy, which is an excellent sign for the future.
It’s often easier for metropolitan areas to carpool and use power in a greener way. Rural areas, especially in the United States, rely on cars and may not have a robust public transportation system. As the population grows, many places may have to build more public transit hubs.
However, even people who live rurally are beginning to make a difference. Using a car can’t be avoided, but certain kinds can better affect the environment. The number of electric vehicles in the United States is up by over 80% in just three years since they have been more widely available to the general public. More people may adopt these alternative forms of energy as they become more accessible.
People Are Learning
Young people have also taken to speaking out on behalf of Mother Nature. Many teenagers and young adults advocate for better treatment of the environment. Some big names, like Greta Thunberg, are leading the way and inspiring other people their age and older.
Millennials and Gen Z understand what’s happening to the world they grew up in, and they’ll put up a stronger fight to reverse or at least halt the damage done. More young people are aware of climate change than ever before, and there are great opportunities to make a difference in the environment.
Widespread internet usage lets people become more involved with knowing where their food comes from and how to eat clean, green and healthy. Many individuals are stepping away from red meat like beef, which can be bad for the body in excess and the environment, thanks to methane gas.
Luckily, methane gas is less of a concern because it doesn’t stick around as long as other greenhouse gases, but it’s still something to watch out for. This information has changed a lot of people’s minds recently, even spurring some to look for alternative forms of meat.
In recent years, “meat” grown in a lab or made from plant-based protein sources has been growing in popularity worldwide, so much so that established meat powerhouses have begun adding plant-based options to their repertoire. Eating more of these foods will help people feel healthier and combat any adverse effects of meat farming, such as deforestation and methane gas released by cattle.
Believe in Humanity
Humanity has always been resilient. When our backs are against the wall, we will stand up and fight against whatever is trying to hold us down. People have developed technology to combat climate change, and we’ll see a difference as that tech becomes more readily available. Remember to always do your part in lowering your carbon footprint. Implement green solutions when conditions are right for you. You’ll be doing what you can to delay climate change so we can rebuild the world.