What can I do?

The magnitude of climate change is directly linked to our current and future actions. Every bit of warming is significant and therefore we need to act immediately. Below are some ideas and links on what you can do day to day to help lower your emissions and lead a healthier life for yourself, your family and the environment.

Individual Action

The four lifestyle choices that most reduce your carbon footprint

Diet
  • Reduce your household food waste
  • Eat more plant based proteins
  • Avoid mass produced meats
  • Buy local / Grow your own vegetables
Transportation Personal Energy Efficiency
  • Switch to LED lights at home or office
  • Consider retrofitting more house insulation
  • Weatherproof windows and doors
  • Use Smart Thermostats
  • Install outdoor window shading / Decrease your A/C and furnace usage
  • Consider installing solar panels
Investment Funds & Carbon Offsets Habits
  • Avoid plastics and tell companies to change their packaging! More about the creation of plastics and it's tie to oil and gas in this documentary: www.storyofplastic.org
  • Buy less stuff! Do you really need it? Including the clothes you buy.
  • Compost organic material
  • Plant a tree that is hardy to your region. We need more trees to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. It isn't the solution but can help.
  • Talk to friends and family about taking action! This can be hard but try out this climate conversation coach that gives good tips on how to talk to people with different views.
  • Vote for Climate!

April 22 at the MCC: Straight Talk: Climate Change - On Your Door Step

This episode of Straight Talk will be a conversation on CLIMATE CHANGE - On Your Doorstep. Bringing the experts to help investigate climate change information with Simcoe County. With some excellent panelists, Aisha Chiandet (Water Scientist, SSEA), Andy Campbell (Head of Operations, Town of Midland) and Blair Feltmate (Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo) This is a discussion you will not want to miss!

Adaptation

(From Canada.ca): Adaptation means adjusting our decisions, behaviours and activities to account for existing or expected changes in climate. Adaptation measures can be taken either before or after we experience the effects of a changing climate. Examples of adaptation measures include:

  • creating tougher building standards for areas where more snow is expected
  • limiting development in coastal areas where sea level is expected to rise
  • restoring wetlands to reduce flooding
  • making changes to protect our health during heat events

By making informed decisions, we can protect ourselves, our families, our communities and our businesses from the impacts of climate change.

More info at https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/adapting.html

Useful Links

Individual Actions are important to cut emissions, but not the full answer. We must work together to push government and corporations for wider system change on energy transformation, income inequality and environmental justice.

Visit the What Can We Do page for actions we can take as a whole.