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Ask HN: How can I as an individual possibly make a difference to climate change?
10 points by trwhite 5 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 9 comments
A paper published today (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50302392) points to a global 'climate emergency'.

As an individual, how will any lifestyle alteration I make have any impact on climate change compared to the damage caused by livestock farming, population growth and fossil fuels etc?

Beyond that, what other action could I take? Were I to make a career change, which companies could I work for and make a measurable impact? Or would my time be better served in government?






Or as an more extreme example, you can follow Jadav Payeng's example and personally replant a 1,360 acres forest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadav_Payeng

Thanks, inspirational. I plan to buy up land and plant as many trees as I can too. I doubt I'll be able to do 1360 acres though! But at least I will help in some small way.

Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49238749


http://www.kimnicholas.com/uploads/2/5/7/6/25766487/fig1full...

However, convincing politicians can do much more...


Don’t reproduce.

Every lifestyle alteration you make has a difference. A small one, true, but if billions of people make small changes, it adds up.

By all means, look for big actions as well... but do the small stuff.


Eat less meat.

Eat local.

Drive less.

Walk more.

Plant a tree.


Buy less

Buy or use fewer things with throwaway material (plastic shopping bags, straws)

And before you people who say "that won't make a difference!", you may or may not be right, but it's a good first step and others will notice.


I’d add:

Fly less

Consume less new things (from houses to disposable items)




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