So you may have noticed I did not include the joule bug stats in my last post like I said I would. Well, that wasn’t my last post of the month. You will be getting 2 posts this week (wow crazy right?) this one and the first post for May.
This last month was themed around eco-friendly and sustainable methods you can do in order to help reduce the effects of climate change. It is a real issue that has been ignored by too many for too long. If every one of us chips in and does our part to help the planet, we may be able to continue living on this planet for at least another hundred years. But that is only if we take action now. If you are looking for where to start, you can check out my post “Thirteen Tips for Being Green” which is exactly what it says. This post has really easy tips that you can do, regardless of your bank account, in order to start making changes that will help the Earth and even save you money. I included statistics from JouleBug to help give you a sense of the impact your changes will make. I also mentioned JouleBug. I keep talking about it because it has so many ideas to help you reduce your carbon footprint in a fun and informative way. You can compete with your friends locally, or just among yourself (but where’s the fun in that), and there are challenges you can join and compete with people all around the world as you work to reduce climate change. Overall, it is a great app and I highly recommend it. Also, this isn’t the last time you’ll hear about me talk about this JouleBug, just a heads up.
If you want to think more wide scale as to the efforts you can make to reduce climate change, here are a few tips:
- Do your research: Although we know climate change is a real issue, make sure you are getting the facts regarding climate change. Spreading misinformation will help no one in the long run.
- Talk about it with your family, friends, and coworkers: Getting people on board with you is the first step to making a difference. Inform them of the issues and potential outcome if we don’t take any action. Tell them how they can help make a difference and ask them for your support.
- Go to local companies and businesses: Ask them what they are doing to reduce climate change and help them get started in making those changes. They are probably more willing than you think.
- Contact the people in government: Whether it’s within your city, town, state, province, region, doesn’t matter. Whoever is in charge, bug the heck out of them until they listen. Make them understand that change needs to happen now. Your voice matters so let it be heard.
- Join organizations and protests: make sure your voice is heard in a group and not just on your own. The more people that speak up about climate change, the sooner change will actually happen. and I’d like to refer you to the quote “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.
But the main thing is you don’t have to be perfect, after all, no one is. If you don’t use a reusable cup, just do what you can to recycle it and make sure it doesn’t end up in a landfill. As long as you make the conscious effort to make a difference, you will make a difference. Climate change is an issue. We all have to change our habits now to change the outcome later not just for us and for the cute animals at risk but for quite literally all life on Earth. If you take anything away from this post, I hope it is the need to make a change.
Now onto the stats. My starting stats* as of the first of the month were:
171 lbs of CO2 saved
24 lbs of waste diverted
498 gallons of water saved
*This data is my inconsistent logging of actions from when I downloaded the app in October 2018 to April 1st, 2019.
My ending stats as of 11:30 am on the 30th of April are:
308 lbs of CO2 saved
32 lbs of Waste Diverted
502 gallons of Water Saved
The difference alone in the month of April with me logging almost every single day (I missed buzzing actions a couple of days and tried to make up for them):
137 lbs of CO2 Saved
8 lbs of Waste Diverted
4 gallons of Water Saved
It doesn’t seem like much but you also have to remember that this is just one person in one month. Think about if it was every person every day making lifestyle changes and being more sustainable. And like I said you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to try.