Select items from a list of actions you can take all on your own -- to start to make a difference.
WHAT WE CONSUME
Listed in order of mitigation potential within each category.
Reference for the above lists: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab8589/pdf
WHERE WE PUT OUR MONEY
Where we bank
In the five years since the Paris Agreement, the world's 60 biggest banks have provided $3.8 trillion in funding for fossil fuel projects that contribute to climate change. Global banks such as JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America are leading contributors to climate change and are financing fossil fuel projects and companies that impact communities every single day. The money banks have available to provide funding and loans for environmentally harmful projects comes from you—and from your checking and savings accounts. (Reference click here and here)
“According to a study done by the European bank Nordea, moving money to a sustainable bank account is 27 times more effective in reducing carbon footprint than if you flew less, ate less meat, took shorter showers, and took public transportation combined,” says McNeill. “The single biggest thing we can do to help the environment is also the easiest.” (Reference click here)
Where we invest
HOW WE SPEND OUR MONEY
What we buy
For most products, the greatest contributions to embodied energy and greenhouse gas emissions happen during production (in other words, they are generated before the product is sold, or delivered to a home or business). The total greenhouse gas emissions associated with a product or material is known as its carbon footprint. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that about 42 percent of all greenhouse gases are associated with the production, transportation, and disposal of materials and products.
Where we donate
Vote for political candidates who support actions to mitigate climate change.
Individual citizen participation in groups advocating for collective action in the form of political solutions, such as carbon pricing, meat pricing, ending subsidies for fossil fuels and animal husbandry, and ending laws encouraging car use, is the most impactful way that an individual can take action to prevent climate change. (Reference click here)
Public protests to influence decision-makers. (Reference click here).
TALKING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
"Discussing global warming leads to greater acceptance of climate science," according to a 2019 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Yale Climate Communication Program recommends initiating "climate conversations" with more moderate individuals. Patient listening is key, to determine the personal impacts of climate events on an individual, and to elicit information about the other person's core values. Once personal climate impacts and core values are understood, it may become possible to open a discussion of potential climate solutions which are consistent with those core values. (Reference click here)