• Question: How can the people develop real progress towards delaying the progress of climate change

    Asked by mans492war on 13 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by must492war, tree492tam, ShawnT.
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      Jonathan Allen answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      There are lots of little things that we can all do which would make a big difference if we all do them. You can find lots of information about that only, such as here: https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Action-to-Reduce-Global-Warming. Scientists can do so much more because we can do the work to understand the problem of climate change and what we need to do to fix it. But that work needs money to fund it and the people in positions of power to make the changes that scientists recommend. So we really need governments around the world (because it is a worldwide problem) to change their attitudes so that tackling climate change is the highest priority they have and is given the funding and attention it needs.

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      Octavia Brayley answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      There are many things that we can all do as individuals to help with climate change. For example, we can use cars and planes less and use public transport more, we can buy fruit and vegetables that are seasonal and ones that come from local markets rather than big supermarkets, we can also buy less plastic packaging where possible, we can use our central heating in homes less (smart meters are also a good way to track how much money and electricity/gas we use), and we can reduce our meat consumption (animal agriculture is one of the top three producers for greenhouse emissions). It’s important that we all do our bit, however, it’s primarily up to governments around the world to implement green laws and invest money in green technology to really bring about the change. As we have a democracy, it’s important that we all vote for governments and parties that have the most environmentally-friendly manifestos, and ones that will work with scientists and citizens to ensure the planet is protected against climate change. We also need lots of new scientists with novel ideas to come up with technology and research. Here’s an interesting and fun video to watch:

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      Ian McKinley answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      Apart from the direct points mentioned by others, it is important to remember that rising population is a major driver of climate change, so supporting measures to reduce this growth is extremely important. A very important factor here is supporting education of women in developing countries.

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      Amy Stockwell answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      We have (most) of the solutions already. But we have to be willing to do them.
      This takes money and the governments need to be willing to invest in the long term future.

      And it means changes to our lifestyles. For example we should be eating far less meat and flying less. We should ensure that we follow the mantra reduce, reuse, recycle too.

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      Paula McMahon answered on 14 Nov 2023:

      personally – use less. reduce, reuse and recycle.
      But also use your voice to help others understand they need to do the same and maybe even think about writing to MP to get laws change (could be school project

      See https://engineeringtogether.com/primary-voices/ for some ideas

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      Andrew Lyon answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      This is such a good question and there a quite a few different things to consider.

      We need governments across the world to prioritise climate change and work together to put plans and policies in place to start taking action that is joined up and effective.

      Industry have a big role to play as many sectors use a lot of energy and resources and have high emissions and create a lot of waste.

      We also need the public to play their part by reducing their impact. We can measure this using something called ‘carbon footprint’ which is a measure of how many greenhouse gases are produced from using fossil fuels. There are many things that can be done to reduce a carbon footprint including driving less, turning off lights and plug sockets, recycling, using less plastic, eating local food to reduce food miles.

      It will require changes to our lifestyles and industry too, some of which will be challenging and that’s why we need governments to take the lead by implementing more environmentally friendly policies and plans which will help and encourage industry and the public to make these changes.