Parents and Kids, You Can Help: 16 Ways to Fight Climate Change

Posted by Andrea Stutesman on September 24, 2019

At Avid4 Adventure, we are on a mission to empower kids to choose active, healthy lifestyles in the outdoors. Our vision is to inspire thousands of kids across the country through our outdoor adventure summer camps and programs. A large part of achieving our mission and vision is dependent on other factors. The most important factor is that we are able to provide kids with authentic outdoor experiences—meaning experiences that take place in real, outdoor recreation areas. That also means the public lands in which we operate (and public lands in general) must continue to be public and they must be protected from infringement.

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The fact is though, our public lands are under attack. They are being threatened by global climate change and public policy. While public lands are, in many ways, our greatest defense against climate change, a recent report by the USGS notes that nearly 25% of greenhouse gas emissions are resulting from federal production of energy on public lands. Climate change is also causing a long list of negative impacts on public lands right now. Add to that the list of other negative implications of climate change and the future starts to look pretty bleak for children around the globe.

Ultimately though, we are not here to convince you that climate change is a real problem. We are also not here to make you angry, upset or unhappy about the current state of affairs. What we are here to do is provide you with real, tangible ways to take meaningful action against climate change.

You may be thinking that you can’t do much as an individual to help solve the problem but even just the effect of setting an intention and becoming more aware of the human impact on the planet is immeasurable. Simply having conversations with others or promising to make a handful of lifestyle changes can make a real difference. As educators, parents, and community members, we have a serious responsibility to take action for our children (and ourselves!). The need to take action is urgent and the effects of climate change on kids are already apparent.

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Here are some ways to help

(We challenge you to start by picking at least two items from this list to commit to):

  1. Get involved at the local level.
  2. Do you know others that are inspired to take action on climate change? Organize an event at your child’s school or in your community.
  3. Contact your local representatives about taking action on climate change.
  4. Involve your kids when taking action if you haven’t already.
  5. Follow the Leave No Trace principles.
  6. Throw away less food.
    • Eat less red meat if possible (or better yet, go vegetarian).
    • Plant a garden to grow some of your own food.
    • Freeze fruits and vegetables before they start going bad.
    • Eat local by buying food at farmers markets and eating at locally-owned restaurants.
  7. Recycle and compost as often as possible.
    • “Pre”cycle—buy products that come in packaging you know can be recycled later.
  8. Cut back on water waste.
    • Start by tracking your current water usage—just being aware of how much water you use each day can help you also become more aware when cutting back.
    • Set a limit on shower times.
    • Take fewer showers.
  9. Reduce electricity usage.
    • Turn out the lights.
    • Unplug electronics when they aren’t in use.
    • Use a smart or programmable thermostat.
    • Switch over to LED lightbulbs.
    • Turn the temperature down on your hot water heater.
  10. Bring your own bags, water bottles and cutlery to avoid using single-use plastics.
  11. Go paperless.
    • Unsubscribe from junk mail.
    • Opt for electronic delivery of bills.
    • Cut back on the use of paper products like napkins and paper towels.
    • Use recycled paper whenever possible.
  12. Shop at thrift or consignment stores or buy second-hand items.
  13. Make your own environmentally-friendly cleaning products with simple ingredients you have around the house.
  14. Invest in clothing and items that will last instead of buying “fast fashion” and cheaply made items that ultimately end up in the trash can.
  15. Buy less of the unnecessary—consider donating to a charity in someone else’s name or doing a creative activity instead of buying gifts.
  16. Vote with your dollars.

Children are looking to adults to take action. How will you respond?

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“Our personal ripple effect is the power of one generating hope and change in others for a better world.”

—Laurie Buchanan, PhD

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”

—Dalai Lama

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”

—Thomas Fuller

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”

—Dr. Jane Goodall

For More Resources to Fight Climate Change Visit:

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

https://www.climategen.org/take-action/act-climate-change/take-action/youth-action-ideas/

https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/12/27/35-ways-reduce-carbon-footprint/

https://www.earthguardians.org/50simplethings

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/how-you-can-stop-global-warming

Topics: Outdoor Advocacy