Earth Day 2022: What Can You Do About Climate Change?
It’s no secret that climate change is a severe threat to our way of life and the survival of humankind as a whole. Battling such a complicated issue seems difficult - and it is, but there are ways that individuals like you and I can take action against climate change. In honour of Earth Day 2022, we’d like to share 3 helpful actions that you can take to do your bit for our planet (and your wallet). Together, we can work toward a more sustainable future for generations to come.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances
Appliances account for about 30% of home energy consumption, so choosing an energy-efficient alternative can bring about big savings for you and our planet. When choosing an appliance, the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources recommends considering:
- the best size and power for your needs
- the cost of running the appliance compared to other models
- the most energy and water-efficient model
To evaluate an appliance’s energy efficiency, look for the Energy Rating label. More stars means more efficient. For example, when buying a television, each additional star represents being 20% more efficient than the previous star.
Opt For Public Transport
Considering public transport, be it buses, trains or ferries means less driving, less fuel consumption and less CO2 pollution. Light vehicles (cars, SUVs, 4x4s) account for about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. A national study of transportation costs conducted by the Australasian Railway Association revealed that the average commuter working in a CBD in one of Australia's major cities could save nearly $5550 annually by leaving their car at home and using public transport to commute to work five days a week. Public transport is also the safest mode of transport, reduces road congestion and improves the accessibility of jobs to all.
Probably the single most important way you can help drive change is by voicing your climate change concerns to your local government representatives. Speak with your family and friends about your opinions and get in contact with members of parliament. By encouraging them to initiate new projects and build infrastructure that supports environmentally friendly behaviour, it will easier for everyone to get involved and do their part in reducing carbon emissions and slowing climate change!