These 5 Little-Known Things Can Reduce the Impact of the Climate Crisis

5 things can reduce climate crisis

Through 8 billion people on earth are already feeling the impact of the climate crisis itself.  Natural disasters that never stop should have been a warning for us to love this earth more.  However, this increasingly impulsive, versatile, and fast-paced lifestyle has become a support for humans to live in excess.

It is time for you to take steps in terms of reducing the climate crisis.  Both small and big things.  However, it would be nice if we pay attention to the 5 small things that can reduce the climate crisis below.

1. Delete email periodically

Delete email can reduce climate crisis
Delete email periodically (unsplash/solen feyissa)

Emails that are not deleted periodically will increase the storage on the server.  Reporting from that the average email size itself is around 75 kb.

Imagine, if 1 billion users delete about 10 unwanted emails, this can reduce data storage by 750 GB on servers around the world.  The energy required to store 1 GB of data is around 32 kWh, thus saving 22,000 kWh.

You know that most of the electrical energy is produced from the burning of oil and coal.  Automatically every email that you ignore will increase greenhouse gas emissions every day.

2. Don't waste food

Don't waste food to reduce climate crisis
Delete email (unsplash/simon peel)

Nowadays, many social media users are talkative about making events, overeating, and massive food production just for the sake of content.  Then what's the problem?

A study in the United States by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2021 revealed that food waste in the United States produces 170 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions or the equivalent of annual CO2 emissions from 42 coal-fired power plants.  This figure does not even include the methane gas produced by the food waste.

From 2011 data published by the Food and Agriculture Organization itself, food waste is in the 3rd position as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States.

The cause of food waste as a producer of greenhouse gases itself is related to the supply, production, and distribution of food, and the methane produced due to the decomposition of food waste.

So, apart from the social and religious side, you have to be more disciplined so you don't waste your food.

3. Sorting trash

Sorting trash can reduce climate crisis impact
Sorting trash (unsplash/pawel czerwinski)

For a developing country like Indonesia, it can be said that waste management is still very minimal when compared to developed countries such as South Korea, Germany, Japan, and even the closest country, namely Singapore.

You may often think that sorting waste will be useless if in the end it is only thrown into a landfill where the waste is mixed again.  But, know that sorting this waste will be beneficial for scavengers to make it easier for them to get waste to sell and then recycle by manufacturers.  So, don't be lazy to sort your trash!

4. Unplug unused plugs and reduce the use of unnecessary lights

Unplug plugs can reduce climate crisis impact
Unplug plugs (unsplash/mike winkler)

Often you may ignore your cellphone charger after using it.  Even though this cellphone charger is not used, it turns out that it still flows electricity which is a source of electricity wastage.  This also applies to other electronic devices such as televisions, air conditioners, and many others.

Then, for aesthetic reasons, you might install some lights that aren't important for lighting.  In addition, sometimes you leave the lights on and forget to turn them off.  Imagine how much energy you spend on these things.  A number that has an impact on increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

5. Buy clothes made from natural materials

Buy chlotes from natural materials can reduce climate crisis impact
Clothes from natural materials (unsplash/kelly sikema)

In this modern era, many materials are produced artificially which are efficient and economically better but are very damaging to the environment.  Call it clothing materials from polyester that cannot be parsed.  The production of one denim pant even requires about 3000-4000 liters of water.

It's time for you to go for natural products for your clothes such as wool, silk, cotton, and hemp.  You can even choose the option of buying thrifting or used clothes and renting clothes for certain events.

So, those are 5 small but very important things to do to reduce the impact of the climate crisis, which is becoming more and more obvious by the day its impact on the earth and even ourselves.  The point is there is always a way to live more environmentally friendly, it's just how you take steps.

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