Learn how to mitigate climate change from home
These are small actions we can take at home to mitigate what is our "last call" for action against climate change.
Climate change is a reality and could bring to Mexico extreme weather such as droughts or torrential rains that could mean economic and social losses for the country and the state.
Few actions can change this scenario now, but it is always possible to help create a culture small and large to mitigate the negative effects that this phenomenon will bring in the future, perhaps.
This was mentioned by the Director of the Sustainability and Renewable Energy Center and Technical Manager of the Lighting Technology Center of the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG), Dr. Mauricio Alcocer Ruthling.
In the year 2021, he said, it was shown that abnormal weather events occurred in regions of the planet such as rising and falling temperatures, storms, wildfires, droughts, and floods.
"These were surprise events in their magnitude and strength, and this is a message, it will become less and less possible to predict how the weather will behave. The infrastructure for these eventualities is not functional to cover the problems that this situation, which has been increasing, will bring," he said.
Everything from communication, transportation, energy management, and resource infrastructure will be affected. Part of climate change is global warming that could bring an increase in temperature to more than 35 degrees Celsius as was recorded last year in Jalisco.
Climate change has the characteristic of growing, each year is worse than the previous one and happens at a different speed in each region of the planet. This will cause increasingly catastrophic effects such as famine, water shortages, losses in the millions, species extinctions, and wars.
"The worst thing we can do is ignore the problem. To think it's not important or to point out that it's not a crisis, to make sure it's unreal," he said.
Help from home
Dr. Alcocer Ruthling shared small actions we can take at home to mitigate what is our "last call" to action against this growing and growing problem:
Save electricity by unplugging them completely when you are not using your appliances, even your laptop or desktop computer.
Stop using paper bank statements and pay your bills online or through your cell phone.
Promote campaigns and social media posts that help mitigate climate change, water and energy waste, and recycling.
Turn off the lights in a room if you are not inside and take advantage of natural light.
Promote responsible consumption and support companies that apply sustainable practices that do not harm the environment in their processes.
Avoid using the dryer when you finish washing your clothes, air-dry items, or use the sun.
When taking a bath, save water with short showers and avoid using bathtubs, which wastewater.
For health and to protect natural resources, it is advisable to consume less meat and fish, because more resources are used to obtain meat than to grow plants.
Do not waste food and save leftovers. If you do not want to eat what is left over, look for videos on the net to make organic fertilizers to fertilize your plants and gardens and thus not buy fertilizers that pollute the sleep and air.
Promote the recycling of paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum within your home.
Buy products that are minimally packaged.
Replace old appliances with more energy-efficient models and replace light bulbs in the house with energy-saving LED bulbs.
If you can, install solar panels in your home.
When washing your dishes, avoid wasting water at the sink, turn off the faucet while washing them.
Avoid using disposable diapers, use cloth or ecological disposable diapers.
Consume organic products, such as fruits and vegetables.
Turn off faucets properly.