Climate change is the single largest threat to our nation. Global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions is impacting our public health, economy, and national security. Studies show that the incidence of extreme weather events, which inflict a huge loss of life and property damage, will only increase due to climate change. The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution is estimated to cause 29% of lung cancer deaths globally.
However, there is hope: the Yale program on climate communication released a report in December showing that 72% of Americans view climate change as something important to them. Better yet, taking action on climate will improve other issues in America, such as malnutrition and obesity. According to the Lancet Medical Journal, transitioning to a plant-based diet will help both solve food insecurity, reduce obesity, and fight climate change. I believe in American entrepreneurship and resiliency, and I want to work to push climate change solutions to the forefront of policy making.
One of the best ways that we, as individuals, can take climate action is by reducing our personal carbon footprints. Here are some useful ideas for how to get started:
- Eat a plant-based diet. The meat industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, so try cutting out meat at least once a week. #MeatlessMonday
- Walk to class. BU’s campus is walkable, so save your wallet and our planet by skipping the Uber.
- Wash your laundry with cold water. Save energy and prevent the possibility of color leaching by opting for a cold rinse.
- Buy second-hand clothing. The fashion industry is one of the most energy-inefficient industries. Consider hosting a clothing swap with your friends or selling your clothing to consignment shops.
- Vote for elected politicians. Stay on top of the news and vote for the elected official whose policies you believe in.
Every person matters in the fight against climate change, so you can make a real difference in the sustainability of our world.