Dear 100 Hour Board,
People tell me we are all going to die from climate change, but what's the solution?
-My Name Here
This is going to be a pretty basic answer, but I'm operating under the assumption that you want something you can do personally, rather than a worldwide plan to end global warming (If you're more interested in the former, my best advice is to read up on the Paris Climate Agreement). But basically, do more to limit your personal impact on the environment. Drive less, turn off lights that aren't in use, don't let your water run needlessly, eat sustainable foods, reduce reuse and recycle, basically everything you've heard about since elementary school and then some. This website offers some tips for reducing your carbon footprint, as does this one.
This answer may seem overly simplistic, but really, unless you're in a pretty high position somewhere, you probably don't have much control over what happens on a large scale. All you can control is what you personally choose to do. It takes effort and planning, and I'm definitely not perfect at this, but if everyone were to be more conscious about being environmentally-friendly, it would have a pretty big effect.
Are you looking for the solution to dying, or the solution to climate change? To answer the first question, the solution to death is resurrection.
To answer your second actual question, there are many ways to protect the environment. Other writers are addressing ways to personally limit your negative impact on the environment, so I just wanted to talk a bit about a few (but definitely not all) ways to support conservation organizations, and government policies that protect the environment. Your individual efforts are very important, but they aren't the only way to help.
Learning about local environmental issues is a great first step; so good job for asking this question! There are a wide range of situations that have impacts on the environment: wildlife preservation, farming, infrastructure and construction projects, emission standards for cars and factories, and I'm sure there are more. Write a letter to your congressman asking them where they stand on environmental issues. There are laws that regulate emissions on both national and state levels. Vote for candidates that support the issues that are important to you. One example would be writing your Utah state senator and asking them what laws are in the works to help lower pollution in the Salt Lake Valley.
Another way to make your voice heard is to attend public hearings. For every government project there are public outreach meetings. My dad ran these meetings and part of his job was to write a response to every letter and comment they received. You can write letters to the editor of your local newspaper or teach your friends about what they can do. Your voice really does get heard. Protecting the environment is awesome, so get the word out!
Finally you can always donate to conservation efforts. There are a wide range of causes you can support: conservation societies, national parks, and many more (Just make sure that you're donating to a legitimate organization). I'm glad you're trying to make the world a better place! Hope we helped!
Environmental science is basically my life. I still have a lot to learn but I have been studying this intently from a very young age. Hopefully I can express some helpful, truthful thoughts, without being too depressing.
I've learned that people often have a very strange idea of what we mean when we talk about the woes of climate change. Your question alludes to one of those ideas pretty distinctly. People think that we are worried about some upcoming crash. A great falling out with the ecosystem in which the natural services we depend on will all bottoms-up at once and we all die. Before I answer your question sincerely, I want people to understand something: the effects of climate change are now. People, those hairless awkward upright sensitive animals that look like you, are suffering immediate consequences from the warming that has already occurred. We need to stop thinking only in terms of what is going to happen. There is a lot of hunger, sickness, and displacement that could be solved or reduced by concerted effort to reclaim smaller systems. Me, I am not so worried about the eventual loss of the human race. I am concerned about the mass extinction events leading up to it. I view those as much more painful events because many of us will still be around to feel it. I am also immediately concerned with reducing the amount of current pain in the world through the means of environmental responsibility.
A lot of good tips have been shared here. We should all do them and encourage others to do them. I would add for you to get a bike and use it whenever possible. There's a lot of change that has to occur for this to turn around. And even if we do there is a lot of damage that can't be undone. There is no silver bullet. And honestly, in my opinion, there is no saving the entire planet and stopping climate change. But the more we can do the better things will be for more people. It's not an all or nothing game. Focus on helping the people you can help by doing all those good things people say we should. We are getting distracted and discouraged by the idea that we need to fix everything we've done.
The following principles are ones I think would create the culture necessary for mass change. I believe if everyone cultivated these qualities in themselves we would start to see that change.
1. be humble
2. be accountable
3. do missionary work and service
They're more personal than is usually expected but my ethic is highly influenced by these quotes of President Benson's:
"Some may ask why we as a people and church quietly and consistently seek to change individuals while there are such large problems all about us. … But decaying cities are simply a delayed reflection of decaying individuals. … The commandments of God give emphasis to improvement of the individual as the only real way to bring about the real improvement in society” (A Plea for America, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1975, p. 18)
“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of the people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature” (Ensign, Nov. 1985, p. 6)
People are consuming too much out of pride and denial. Others are suffering out of want and ignorance. Those three gospel principles are God's commandments which I think he designed, at least it part, to address those tenets of human nature. I honestly think it's our best shot.
Die before the climate changes any more.
Dear slippery time,
Oh-oh, there's a solution:
You've got fly like an eagle, to the sea
Fly like an eagle
Let yer spirit carry ye.
You've got to fly
Fly right into the future.
--Ardilla Feroz, with regards to Steve Miller for his sweet lyrics and Seal for the sick cover jamz