The crisis of climate change and global warming poses a threat to people around the world and their home countries. In New Zealand, the issue is no different as the temperatures drop, the sea level rises, and the effects become visible in daily life. The New Zealand Government works to reduce emissions countrywide. But as a citizen of New Zealand, it is your duty to play your role and make a difference, too.
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The steps you can take to reduce your ecological footprint are simple and easy to apply in your daily life. Start by being aware of your greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), transport in New Zealand contributes up to 19 percent of the total emissions in the country. You can reduce your gaseous transport methods and instead travel via bicycle or walking if possible, carpool with colleagues or friends, or use public transport.
Save Water and Electricity
Regardless of global warming, saving electricity and water should be a standard habit. Switching off lights when not in a room, switching off electrical points on the wall, having shorter showers and catching rainwater to use around the house, all make a large difference to your individual consumption.
Leave the Meat Behind and Buy Local
Buying local produce, rather than food that has been imported from other countries, can help reduce your contribution to worsening global warming. A meal in a supermarket uses 4 to 17 more petroleum on transportation than that of your local providers. Even eating less meat can have a positive impact, as 30 percent of all land is used for farming livestock, and requires more deforestation.
Your part in reducing the effects of global warming doesn’t have to be inconvenient or expensive. On the contrary, it will make life easier, save money, and help rescue your country from the global crisis of climate change.