If you are a concerned citizen….
Contact your local politicians and vote on the issue.
Two degrees of global warming will impact everyone on the planet – not just for one country or one group of people. It is the most important issue of our time. So take a moment and tell your local politicians to prioritize it. We must stop subsidizing fossil fuels and start investing in renewable energy from wind, solar and heat power. (The Union of Concerned Scientists has some tips for people in the U.S.)
Invest in wind, solar and heat power.
Talk talks but money walks. Contact your bank or broker, or look into companies on your own. There are a number of cleantech companies listed on stock exchanges across the globe, as well as opportunities to diversify your risk with clean energy ETFs. Here are some tips from The Balance.
Fly less frequently. As an individual, this might be the biggest change you can make. To stop climate change, the average person should produce less than 2 tons of CO2 each year. A seat on transatlantic flight contributes more than 3 tons. This website will help you calculate your carbon contribution if you’re curious – and give you suggestions for how to offset it.
Reduce your gas use. Drive less, and if you replace your old car, get an electric one.
Reduce your water and electricity use. Water requires a lot of energy to clean and transport – energy that turns into emissions, just the way electricity use does. Here’s some more practical advice.
Plant trees. If you live in a wealthy country, you would have to plant 50-100 trees every year to offset your personal CO2 footprint. That’s a lot of trees. Fortunately, there are organizations that will do it for you. Just google “tree planting organizations” and you’ll see at least a dozen.
Tell everyone you know about heat power.
Heat power is the one renewable energy with the power to completely replace fossil fuels. Because, unlike solar and wind, it can supply a nonstop baseload supply of electricity. And unlike nuclear fusion, we can start using today, anywhere on Earth.
Someone you know could be a future heat power operator, a mayor or city planner, an electrical engineer, or a politician with the power to influence where your electricity comes from. The more people you tell, the more likely it is that we can bring heat power to communities all over the world.