I used to think that climate change was too complicated to understand.

I used to think that I couldn’t make a difference.

Now I know better.

Maybe you have heard this one before. A parent and child are walking on a beach. Soon they find the sand is covered in washed up starfish who are dying in the hot sun. The child picks up a starfish and throws it into the ocean. He repeats this action again and again. The parent questions her. 

“There are thousands of starfish you can’t possibly make a difference?”

The child continues throwing starfish back into the ocean.

“I made a difference to that one.”

There are lots of things that only governments and big businesses can do about climate change. As individuals we have the power to advocate, to protest, to organize, to donate and to vote. All of these are of great importance. There are also things that I do on a more personal level that include:

  1. watching videos to learn more info about climate change and pass these on to others
  2. reading books to learn more info about climate change and pass these on to others too
  3. eating less animal products ( especially red meat)
  4. shopping at second hand stores ( and saving money which can be used for so many cool things it needs its own list)
  5. transportation – I personally went overboard on this one. I bought the first and only car I have ever loved, a fully electric Nissan Leaf, but you don’t have to be that extreme. You could make the choice even once a month to not get in your own personal vehicle but carpool, take public transport, bike or walk.