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Real effective actions to combat the environmental crisis As featured on Sloto Magazine
The fact is indisputable; our planet is in trouble. In early 2019, the UN released two condemning reports that surveyed vast amounts of scientific literature to confirm what we already suspected: human actions are affecting the climate and are destroying the biosphere.
The first report, from March this year, says we have 11 years to save the planet, and the second, from May, indicates that one million animal species are threatened with extinction. It is time for us to take action against the impending catastrophe. Here are some simple but effective actions that can contribute to a better world.
Stop upgrading your mobile phone too often
Manufacturing a phone generates 16 kg of emissions, not counting the power it consumes while you use it. Furthermore, the raw materials to make the phone are precious: copper, lead, gold, silver, palladium, as well as glass and plastic. Hold on to your phone as long as you can to save on emissions and extensive consumption of natural resources.
Eat locally and less meat, if possible
Food production takes a huge toll on the environment. From pesticides to transportation of goods, from packaging to food waste, from deforestation for livestock farming to water scarcity due to water use for livestock’s food production (corn, maize, etc.): here we have an industry that needs reformation. The easiest way you can contribute to the optimization of food production is to eat locally. Buy from your local providers and from your region, and also try to cut down on meat. Studies have shown that livestock production is one of the most destructive forces driving climate change. Be part of the change – the positive change!
Around the world, cities are preparing for a smarter, healthier and more efficient transportation system than traveling by car. It reduces your carbon print and is also a way to stay active and healthy! Here are some of the cities that encourage this green mode of transportation:
Copenhagen: In Copenhagen, more than 62% of its citizens cycle to work in one of the most biking-friendly cities in the world. The city has more than 242 miles of designated bike lanes and even features a “cycle super highway’ which connects to the town of Albertslund.
Amsterdam: The Netherlands capital has over 800,000 bicycles and its flat streets make it easier to use them to go to work, for grocery shopping or for exercise. Tourists are also encouraged to ride a bike, with several bike rentals available throughout the city.
Portland: The Portland Bureau of Transportation is trying its best to match the bicycle culture of European cities, and it has made a fantastic job so far. There are free printed city and neighborhood maps for cyclists and the public bike rental system is one of the greenest in the world.
Montreal: The Canadian city has over 373 miles of bike paths featuring food and drink stands along the cycling paths. The city also hosts a bike festival that welcomes bikers of all ages to take a tour around town.
Tokyo: Given how Tokyo’s population is, imagine if we told you that 14% of all its commuters are bikers. That means almost 2 million people going to work by bicycle every day! The city also has ample bicycle parking and amazing bike paths around the city.
What could you do to help make your city go bike green?
From this month on, state agencies of California will no longer buy vehicles from automakers that have not agreed to follow the state’s clean car rules. California has implemented its own strict regulations for the auto industry, banning most gas-powered only sedans from General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and any other company that doesn’t follow the regulations.
This recent change rose as a way to counter climate change and high levels of pollution caused by car emissions. California used to produce around 361.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a year, only the second most polluting state after Texas, and is now looking to make a move away from internal combustion engine sedans.
The Californian directive is set to give a boost to electric vehicle sales for government fleets, standing up against companies who are not putting an effort to reverse at least some of the damage done to our planet for several decades, and to those who put short-term profits ahead of our health and future.
As of now, four major automakers including Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen have accepted to follow the state’s rules and will probably be rewarded with millions of dollars, as current fleets will replace all of their vehicles provided by the banned companies. For example, as of now, Chevrolet will lose around $27 million in purchases, Fiat Chrysler $11 million and Toyota will lose $3.6 million.
California’s government actions towards air pollution will prove as inspiration for other states to follow them, and hopefully will make buyers think twice about buying a gas-powered vehicle and invest in electric cars instead
It sounds like California is heading in the right air direction, doesn’t it?