Since the discovery of the Greenhouse Effect in the 1850s, national agencies and private organizations have been founded to negate its effects. They work to combat global warming and sustain necessary environments in order to ensure prosperity and longevity for future generations.
Using verified data and projected simulations, scientists from various agencies came to similar conclusions; the Industrial, Agricultural, (and now Technological) “Revolutions” have damaged the Earth’s atmosphere. And have done so at an accelerated rate that goes beyond baseline projections. Though the planet’s natural resources are abundant, they are not inexhaustible. As detailed by the Paris Climate Agreement, global warming continues to edge further and further beyond two degrees Celsius; the temperature of no return. The question remains: how can people, by themselves or in groups, reverse global warming? Discover the myriad of tactics individuals, corporations, and world governments can implement to avert global disaster. Read why the Forest Founders Carbon Accountability Program is a top choice for every person on the planet; from first-time earth advocates to the seasoned Eco-warriors.
According to Seth Wynes, a researcher in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia, and co-author of a recent study in the journal Environmental Research Letters, some of his fellow researchers have suggested that we have “just a few years to start fighting global warming in earnest if we want to avoid the worst effects.” (Pierre-Louis, 2017) When pondering what you can do to help reduce carbon-based emissions, (which will help slowly reverse global warming) you first need to ask yourself a few simple questions. Do I have enough time? Enough money? Enough energy, discipline, and willpower?
As an individual looking to do their part for themselves and their families, the majority of the recommended actions require a lifestyle change and/or certain levels of financial freedom to accomplish. But not to worry! Subscribing to our program is the perfect way for anyone to start their journey to carbon neutrality and beyond. An incredibly affordable, monthly fee of twenty dollars can bring each and every one of us back to neutral when it comes to our carbon footprint. From there, every personal change, large or small, will bring us into the positive, instead of working on getting out of the red.
A recent article in Popular Science Magazine, on popsci.com, relayed the top four actions that individuals can do to create the greatest emissions-reducing impact are:
Here are some of the many other ways Individuals can do their part to reverse global warming:
Get a home or workplace energy audit to identify where you can make the most energy-saving gains. These energy-saving tactics range from a small amount of personal initiative, finances or time but they all do add up. Obviously, the more extensive home and property changes result in the greatest offset of emissions.
Eat Meat-Free Meals.
Buy Organic and local as much as possible.
Don’t be wasteful.
Grow your own whenever able.
The evolution of the Agricultural-Industrial Complex has greatly worsened global warming. This is not just due to how land is prepared, fertilized, and maintained to what we consume; and how much of it. The meat industry, primarily bovine, compounds the land and climate issues because of the amount of methane released through digestion. Methane’s effects on the atmosphere are far greater than carbon dioxide’s therefore, it takes much less to do a lot of harm. And the world has (and does) eat too much beef.
You can choose to make investments personally, or through your workplace or pension fund to not include fossil fuels. The world has known, for some time now that Fossil fuels are a dying industry on top of risks to humanity and planet Earth.
Renewable energies have been proven to produce just as well, if not better than fossil fuels because they do so more efficiently and cleanly. Even if you can’t install solar panels or a wind turbine, for example, you can still be a part of the clean-energy economy.
In communities around the world, local renewable energy co-ops have created the perfect way for people of lesser means to become influential members. By becoming a co-op member you will own a slice of its projects and get a return on your investments.
We now have obtained several ideas which will allow us to better our small sphere of influence (self and family) by dropping positive drop after positive drop into the world’s bucket, which will amass gradually. Hopefully, you’ve set yourself up through the Forest Founders Carbon Accountability Program, ensuring any future climate-conscious actions taken will be going towards reversing global warming, above and beyond negating your carbon footprint. But can more be done? Absolutely. On state and local levels, individuals and community organizations can encourage eco-conscious people to run for office or positions of power. Like-minded people in groups trigger a chain reaction of change by influencing local green projects, along with legislation. Your vote is worth more than we are taught to believe it is. As the most powerful tactics for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and reversing global warming require the most amount of coordination, given the influence of potential parties involved,
there needs to be definitive planning through compromise, incentives, and legislation.
Corporations and governments should be aware of the efficacy of state green endeavors but also the socioeconomic improvements, too.
Once these improvements in health, wellness, commerce, travel, etc. are recognized, that’s when it would be brought to the largest
scale. Through current and future state and federal programs, we will all benefit from the positive changes. Once corporations and world governments work in tandem to create accurate carbon pricing, reversing global warming and saving the planet will be an extremely attractive incentive to promote change. As of 2017, 300 companies worldwide have joined the Science Based Targets Initiative, which is a strong declaration from the private sector regarding their commitment to the Paris Accord. To assist world governments with following in suit (not to mention the rest of us), a new compilation of research has been recently completed; the first of its kind.
A program titled Project Drawdown, established in 2013, has since brought together over 65 researchers from across the globe with 128 experts in climate, sustainability, academia, and business. Together this group developed a unique global systems model. It works by evaluating 80 technologies and practices from the ground up – from innovative energy and agricultural methods to enhanced environmental conservation and restoration.
The companion book was published last year. The idea was to spark change on all scales by giving the world practical, impactful, and symbiotic solutions, no matter where they are implemented. Contained within those pages are the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming and end global poverty. The top perpetrators being how we refrigerate and cool environments, collect and use energy, the industrial agricultural complex and family planning, and education. (Burkhart, n.d.)
How do we spark initiatives of any and all sizes? Put in the work. Do what you are able to. Analyze the results. Tell your story to all who will listen and they will be inspired to follow a similar path. Your votes can and have swayed governments and corporations to covet more than money and power. And they will again; and again.
To start, we at Forest Founders have the most affordable and rewarding program to jumpstart or reinvigorate our collective quest towards reaches far beyond carbon neutrality. It doesn’t matter where you are located on that path, or if you are on it at all. You can do your part. By doing so, it will surely inspire you and others to perform more and greater actions, for a mere twenty dollars per month. As always, we greatly appreciate you reading our blog and hope it was as inspiring as informative. Be sure to stay tuned to our next installment and visit Forest Founder’s website to learn all about the Carbon Accountability Program.
Here’s How You Can Actually Help Stop Climate Change – by Kendra Pierre-Louis https://www.popsci.com/how-to-stop-climate-change.
Top 10 things you can do about climate change – https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-can-stop-climate-change/
Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming – by Karl Burkhart
20 things we could do right now to reduce climate change and prevent extreme poverty – Hilary Brueck.