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hellooo did you know that the united nations has said we have eleven years to prevent irreversible damage to the earth from climate change? at first, it may seem like there’s nothing that you as an individual can do, but that’s not true! if everyone made small lifestyle changes, it could and would make a difference. it’s also important to hold large businesses accountable, as they contribute a lot to the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere through their production processes (in 2017, 22% of greenhouse gas emissions came from industrial sources). some of the most important things to do are reducing emissions through electricity (which made up 28% of all total emissions) and transportation (29%). things you can do to help out in the electricity sector is switching to solar power, using energy efficient lightbulbs, and turning off electronics and lights when you’re not using them. to cut back on emissions via transportation, opt for public transportation, run errands all at once rather than spread out, and work from home if possible. 12% of all emissions in 2017 came from commercial/residential areas. things such as heating, cooking, and running water all contribute to this. some things you could do are use a clothesline to dry your clothes, opt for a shower rather than a bath (or make your shower shorter), and don’t preheat your oven if it’s not needed. lastly, if you’re capable of doing so, have a vegetarian day each week! it can be hard to completely give up meat, but if you’re able to cut it out of your diet occasionally, it can have great benefits for the planet. according to 50waystohelp.com (which is where the graphics above come from), it “takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. and each hamburger that comes from animals on ex-forestry ground is responsible for the destruction of fifty-five square feet of forest.” in addition, cows release a lot of methane into the atmosphere through their normal digestive process. by reducing your intake of beef, you are reducing the number of cows required to sustain people, and therefore lowering the emissions of methane.