It is imperative to act! Natural disasters and increasing global warming, both caused by climate change, threaten our habitat around the clock. Climate change is driven by the harmful emission of carbon dioxide.
The greenhouse effect
Global warming is fueled by agriculture and livestock production, extensive deforestation, and the burning of fossil fuels. As a result, the greenhouse gases nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide accumulate in the atmosphere. The greenhouse gases cause that the solar radiation, which is short-wave, can penetrate without problems on the earth. In contrast, the greenhouse gases do not allow the long-wave radiation, i.e. the reflected heat, to pass through. The purpose of this is to warm up the atmosphere. The whole thing is called the greenhouse effect.
The impact on living things due to global warming.
When it comes to global warming, a European living north of the Alps will at first not recognize any threat. But behind this term something very serious is hidden, the change of the world climate and in further consequence also the living conditions, which prevail on earth. These problems can bring very strong consequences. There may be increased heavy rainfall, rising sea levels, increased glacial melting, increased drought, increased heat waves, increased storms and high water or flooding. Ocean warming is very problematic. This results from the fact that this warming poses an increasing risk of tsunamis, landslides in the deep sea, outgassing of ocean floors, and the decline of biodiversity. It is important to realize that it is impossible to predict which impacts will be less severe and which impacts will be particularly severe. Furthermore, it is also impossible to predict which patch of the globe will experience the greatest problems. Despite all this, it is certain that climate change will have a very strong impact everywhere in the world.
General energy saving tips
In order to save energy and not accelerate climate change even more, we should make sure that short distances are covered without a car. It would be very important to travel short distances by bicycle or even on foot. This results from the fact that 60 percent of all car trips have a shorter distance than five kilometers.
Shower instead of bath
It is clear that bathing uses much more water than showering. On average, it amounts to about 100 liters less per wash. So it can be seen that quite a lot of water and also energy can be saved here.
Do not heat all rooms
In rooms that are hardly used, the heating can be turned down to very low without any problems. This can result in energy savings of up to three percent. This is also a great advantage for your own wallet.
Use switchable power strips
Electrical devices consume electricity even when they are in stand-by mode. Because of this, you should use power strips that can be switched off. This can save about 400 kilowatt hours per year. This corresponds to a CO2 saving of around 260 kilograms and 72 euros.
Do not use a clothes dryer
If the laundry is not dried in a tumble dryer, it can save a lot of CO2 and also money. Up to 50 cents can be saved per load of laundry.
It is important to insulate the windows and ventilate intermittently.
Use window shutters
The shutters can be lowered at night. In this way, an additional energy consumption of five percent can be achieved.
Reduce room temperature
For each degree that the room temperature is reduced, up to 50 euros and 75 liters of heating oil can be saved in one period.
Focus on seasonal food
Buying from a greenhouse cultivation should be avoided. CO2 emissions can be reduced by relying on seasonal vegetables and fruits.
Prefer green electricity
The green electricity is generated from renewable energy sources. They emit less greenhouse gases and are more climate-friendly because of this.