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Kate, 18. Los Angeles, CA. Writer. Reader.
Nutella enthusiast.

A lot of people have been getting pretty fired up about global warming in the past few years. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been bombarded by facts and statistics about sea levels and polar bears and CO2 levels. But you know what I’m not hearing a lot about? Ways that we can help stop, and reverse, climate change. Scientists have done a good job of conveying the idea that, if we continue living the way we do now, we’re all screwed. But I haven’t heard a lot of suggestions about what I, the average person, can do. So I did some research, and I’ve made a list.

You don’t have to do everything on the list. I know I certainly won’t. But if everyone reading this does just ONE thing, we could make a dent. So, pick one and commit!

1. Go vegetarian (this is the one I’ll have trouble with).

2. Ride your bike. Or carpool. Or take public transportation. Or walk, and fight obesity at the same time.

3. Don’t eat bananas. Or other fruits and vegetables that can’t be grown locally (or even in the country you live in). Massive amounts of oil are needed to transport that banana all the way from South America to your fruit bowl. Try shopping at a local farmer’s market, and get fresh fruit there.

4. Don’t buy anything in a plastic bottle. Soda, water, tea… any of it. Plastic bottles do NOT degrade. Every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence today. Plastic can only be downcycled, not recycled or upcycled. If you MUST buy water, try to buy it in a very large container that maximizes the volume to surface area ratio. But don’t you dare tell me you “need” to buy a soda.

5. Encourage reusable utensils at your school cafeteria. Hold a fork drive, and get people to donate any mismatched forks they might have at home. Remember to sanitize those bad boys before using them, though.

6. Turn off lights and electronic devices, and UNPLUG them (unless it’s a device that resets when unplugged) when you aren’t using them. This is especially true for phone chargers! Even if you phone isn’t plugged into the charger, the charger is still using energy. Unplug it and leave it next to the outlet.

7. Get educated, and educate others.

We’re not doomed. We can save our planet. Just don’t let yourself worry about all the polar bears and ice caps and stuff; it’s overwhelming. Instead, pick something eco-friendly to do, and stick to it. Little actions add up.

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