Published on February 20, 2014
You, Me & Climate Change Image sourced from: The Tomorrow Company Website Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
Earth is Getting Warmer Scientific studies show that Earth would be warmer by 2oC by the year 2050 and around 4oC by 2100! Image sourced from: Cosmic Conservative
What Hotter Summers Colder Winters Heavier Storms does this Mean? Severe Droughts Rising Sea Levels Increased Ocean Acidification affecting marine ecosystems
Why Global Warming? Image sourced from: PHYS.org Global Warming is caused by increased emission of greenhouse gases (mainly carbon dioxide) into the atmosphere. It has been proved that this increased emission is predominantly caused by human activities.
Can Global Warming be controlled? Image sourced from: Cliker.com
Who can Control Global Warming? Only Human Beings Can ! Image sourced from: peperonity.com
HOW Scientists are extensively researching on the changes happening to the global climate over the years and what is in store for future. Based on the findings, Governments have started shaping policies to deal with the climate change.
Can you & I do anything about Global Warming? Yes, each one of us can. There are numerous simple things which we can do to make things better. Let us start from our homes.
Use Cleaner Energy In Our Switch to renewable energy Homes ! resources. Consider installing solar panels, solar water heaters etc. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet Cleaner Energy = Less greenhouse gas emissions
Save Energy Replace old light bulbs with CFL Lamps. Switch off all electrical appliances while not in use. Unplug them too. Set the thermostat a few degrees lower in winter and wear a sweater. Set the thermostat a few degrees higher in summer. Wear lighter clothes or use a fan. In Our Homes ! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
In Our Homes ! Save Energy Wash clothes in cold water; use clothesline to dry clothes instead of electric dryer. Use energy-efficient appliances. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet Do an ‘energy audit’ of your home and find out the actual usage as well as ways to reduce energy consumption. Less energy consumption = Less energy bills Less energy consumption = Cleaner Planet, too!
Conserve Water Keep the tap closed while brushing your teeth. Take shorter showers. Wash only full loads of laundry. In Our Homes ! Install water efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures like faucet aerators, low-flow shower heads etc. These are not very costly. Fix water leaks immediately. Water conservation = Less water bills Water conservation = Better environment too! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
In Our Homes ! Eat & Drink Smart Eat more vegetables and fruits; reduce meat intake. Always try to eat low on the food chain. Don’t drink bottled water. Instead use a water filter at home to purify the tap water. While at work, always carry reusable water bottles and preferably your own coffee mugs too. You can avoid plastic bottles/paper cups wastage. Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet Eat & Drink Smart = More health, More money saving Eat & Drink Smart = Environment friendly practice, too!
Clean Smart Instead of using chemical based cleaning products, make eco-friendly and nontoxic cleaning supplies at home using simple ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, lemon, etc. Clean Smart = Less chemical usage, Less container wastage Clean Smart = Better indoor air quality & some money saving too! In Our Homes ! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
In Our Homes ! Shop Smart Always carry reusable grocery bags. Buy locally grown vegetables, fruits, dairy, eggs, etc. While helping the local economy, you also help in reducing carbon emissions which occur while transporting food from far off places. Reduce the amount of new things you buy. (Manufacturing, marketing, disposal processes involve energy usage and carbon emissions) Reuse things which you already have. Borrow things which you would need only Do-It-Yourself occasionally. (DIY) Ideas to Save If you do not need something, pass on to our Planet somebody in need so that he does not buy it.
Shop Smart Buy in bulk so that packaging waste is reduced. Get clothes that need not be dry cleaned. This reduces chemical usage. In Our Homes ! Buy goods that are of good quality and are durable so that you need not replace them too often. Remember, each production process involves more resources usage. Shop Smart = Money & Resources Saving, Wastage Reduction Shop Smart = Protecting your environment too! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
Trash Smart In Our Homes ! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet Keep recyclable items separately. Don’t put electronic items into general garbage. E-garbage contains mercury and other toxins which are bad for the environment. Deposit all vegetable and fruits waste into a compost pail and produce manure for your own garden. Trash Smart = Saving our Earth!
Travel Green Walk / Ride a bicycle for short distances. Use public transportation wherever available. For regular trips to work, resort to car pools. Combine multiple tasks in a single trip so that the car does not make several trips. While driving a car, when you have to stop, don’t keep the engine running. Drive energy-efficient or electric cars. Travel Green = Better health & Lesser fuel bills Travel Green = Less greenhouse gas emissions too! In Our Homes ! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet
In Our Homes ! Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Ideas to Save our Planet Plant a Garden Plant seeds as much as you can, in your own garden, or in your community neighborhood. Collect seeds of trees which are natural to your area for this purpose. Grow your own vegetable/fruits garden. While choosing plants, go for ones which need less water. Plan water-wise landscapes for homes. Gardening = Better health & Much happiness Gardening = Greener & Beautiful Planet, too!
Community Initiatives Talk to people in your community about global warming and things which we can do. Many do not know…. Plan joint activities for your community. Learn about the initiatives being taken by the local authorities and the government in your place and participate in ‘go green’ programs. Learn about ‘go green’ initiatives taking place Do-It-Yourself in other areas or even in other countries. See (DIY) Ideas to Save whether those can be adopted in your own our Planet locality.
ACT NOW, ACT JOINTLY, ACT DIFFERENTLY SAVE THE EARTH FOR ALL THE CREATURES, BIG AND SMALL SAVE THE PLANET, SAVE IT FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS SAVE THE MOTHER EARTH, FOR SHE IS THE SAVIOUR OF ALL AND FOR THAT, LET’S START THE JOURNEY FROM OUR HOMES… RIGHT NOW !!!
Inspiration and References World Bank’s Coursera MOOC program - Turn Down the Heat : Why a 4 o C Warmer World Must be avoided Turn Down the Heat : Why a 4 o C Warmer World Must be avoided World Bank, 2012 – A report by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics IPCC Fifth Assessment report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis www.nasa.gov www.epa.gov www.worldwatch.org www.panda.org Images used in this presentation were sourced from various websites. References made in respective slides. All rights respected.
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