What can you do as an individual to reduce climate change?
People feel as individuals, but they’re powerless to do anything about the world around them. But we’ve seen that this is not true. Individuals are so important when it comes to climate change. The first of all, I always say is talk to everyone. The more you talk to people, the more you engage them, the more they understand the challenge of climate change, but also how positive the solutions can be for everyone.
One thing you can do as an individual in a developing country is overnight. You can switch your energy supplier, switch from one that does fossil fuels to one that does renewables. In many countries, you won’t even see an increase in your bill, but automatically you will make a difference if everybody in your country did the same. That would be a huge incentive for energy companies to shift rapidly to renewable energy.
You can also use your car less. It means walking more, using public transport, meeting other human beings. You can also change the way you buy your cars instead of having a petrol or diesel car. Choose a hybrid or an electric car. It makes air so much cleaner in our cities, but it also reduces the amount of greenhouse gases and helps us save the planet.
Another win-win solution is if we move to a more vegetable based diet. Now, of course, the doctors will love this because we give up a lot of our meats, particularly processed meats. Suddenly, we all become much more healthy. We don’t have so many issues. And the interesting thing is, of course, that the carbon emissions of our normal diet can be halved just by going vegetarian. If we go vegan, then we can drop it down to a third.