I don’t know if we have a thread on this, but thought I’d start one. My kids and I have been talking about what we can do in our daily lives to impact climate change. I thought we could use a thread to pool ideas. No judgement - I think people have to make their own decisions about what changes they can make. And no politics - again, people need to make their own decisions on that front. Also... if you think individual activity is hopeless, please go start a different thread and don’t add it here.
So...here is what D1 and I talked about:
- Transit: We are both pretty big transit users at this time in our lives. D and her H only own one car. They are looking for a new home, and transit access is high on their criteria list. I picked the car with the best mileage from my final list of options (although did not buy a hybrid or electric). I walk a lot for errands vs taking my car.
How can we do better? We talked about using the pool option on the occasions when we take Uber.
- Food: Food waste creates methane - we both try hard to shop from lists and eat what we consume. We both eat less beef and pork, more chicken and eggs than we used to. And trying to add a few more vegetarian dishes into our rotations.
How can we do better? D recently started experimenting with making vegetarian lunches - she was making farrow & mushroom risotto yesterday. I’m going to try this, too.
- Flying: We are going to look into carbon offsets. Has anyone researched or used them?
- Population: We talked about how ex-H and I had deliberately only “replaced ourselves” by having 2 kids. This feels like a big opportunity area to us - reducing the worldwide population growth rate is probably one of the most direct ways to limit future climate change. We talked about looking into supporting more family planning organizations and other organizations that impact family size (like ones that support educating women). Current world population is 7.7 billion, projected to be 10 billion by 2050.
So — what suggestions do you have?