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Climate Change: Your Questions Answered

Oct 23, 2023

This guest blog article is written by Thomas Walker. Thomas wrote our first guest blog in November 2021.
Visit his website, Home Safety Hub, to learn more about his work.

The Earth’s climate is ever-changing. We’ve already seen rising temperatures and new precipitation patterns arise over the years. But what is climate change? And how can you make a difference? Today, Global Tree Initiative touches on a topic we’ve discussed before: climate change. We’ll answer your questions so that you can make a more informed decision about your role in our shared environment.

What is climate change?

Climate change essentially refers to a change in weather conditions that happen because of human activity or other factors, such as the natural shift of temperature that happens over millions of years. It can take many years for climate change to be noticed.

How do you know that the climate is changing, really?

There are about a million different ways to answer this question, but the easiest way to explain it is that scientists continue to monitor temperature, sea level, and other indicators of change. Sea ice reduction in the melting glaciers is an indication of climate change.

Are humans responsible for climate change?

While some climate change will happen over time naturally, humans have accounted for the vast majority of changes since the 1950s. Raising livestock, clearing forests, and burning nonrenewable resources, such as fossil fuels, all contribute to climate change. You can read more about our impact on the National Academies site.

Do electric cars reduce emissions?

Yes. While many people have been skeptical of electric cars because of the fact that batteries must be charged, RMI explains that battery-powered vehicles output less than half of the emissions as gas and diesel-powered options. If you’re looking for ways that you can make a difference in your community, switching to an electric vehicle can help.

How can business owners make an impact?

Going green in your business is like a double whammy of good deeds. First, you can use your green marketing efforts to appeal to a wider audience. You will have a unique opportunity to share your personal values with your customers by offering environmentally-friendly options at affordable prices. You can also donate a small percentage of your revenue to causes near and dear to your heart. Here are some other ways that business owners can help:

1. Sustainable Supply Chain: Businesses can adopt sustainable practices by evaluating and optimizing their supply chains. This includes sourcing eco-friendly materials, reducing waste, and choosing suppliers committed to environmental responsibility.
2. Energy Efficiency: Implementing energy-efficient technologies and practices within operations can significantly reduce a business’s carbon footprint and lower energy costs. This may involve using LED lighting, upgrading HVAC systems, encouraging ride-sharing, and adopting renewable energy sources like solar power.
3. Waste Reduction and Recycling: Businesses can minimize waste by implementing recycling programs and reducing single-use plastics. Encouraging employees to recycle and promoting responsible consumption can contribute to a greener workplace.

Does using energy-efficient appliances really make a difference?

In a word: yes. Utilizing energy-efficient appliances reduces greenhouse emissions. Astra Energy LLC also explains that you’ll save water, reduce your carbon footprint, and cut your bills down to a more reasonable size. Energy-efficient appliances may be more expensive in the beginning, but they can save hundreds of dollars per year in utility bills.

How can I create my own advocacy group?

There are many ways that you can spread the word throughout your own community. If you’re a business owner, put it in your marketing. If not, launch a community organization by talking with people within your neighborhood about important issues that affect all of your shared quality of life. The Shareable blog asserts that you’ll need volunteers for this, so don’t be shy about outreaching for others whose values may align with yours and express gratitude for their hard work.

When it comes to climate change, we all have a responsibility to take action in our homes, our businesses, and our communities. Today’s FAQ hopefully answers the question of what climate change is and offers you valuable tips on ways that you can be an advocate for people to change their ways so that we no longer have to fear the future of climate change.

Global Tree Initiative believes in working toward a more conscious and peaceful world. Want to help? Call 561-331-5568.

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