5 key actions to fight global warming

Rising temperatures, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, increasing natural disasters... More than ever, our planet is in State of climate emergency. The consequences of global warming are dramatic. Some of them are even irreversible! Fighting against global warming is one of the major challenges of our century.

Today, even if major decisions are taken at the level of public authorities, it is possible to act individually. Everyone has the power to to commit themselves on a daily basis and to act at their own level thanks to concrete actions. But it is not always easy to know where to start to reduce your carbon impact. What are the solutions to fight climate change?

So discover 5 individual actions to be adopted to fight climate change.

Choose local products and eat less meat to fight global warming

The impact of our food consumption on global warming is not negligible. Indeed, on a global scale, the The food supply chain generates 13.7 billion tons of CO2. That's the equivalent of all the greenhouse gas emissions of China and the United States combined!

It is therefore important to focus on buying local products and consuming seasonal fruits and vegetables. Indeed, if we take the example of strawberry production. In winter, it requires overheated greenhouses, and 25 times more oil for transport. By buying locally, you avoid the emission of 50 kg of CO 2 per year. Consuming local also has another benefit. In this way, you support producers in your region.

Meat production is, in turn, very polluting. It accentuates the greenhouse effect. According to the UN, the sector ofLivestock represents 14.5% of emissions of greenhouse gases. You can replace meat with vegetable proteins for example.

LIFE ONG is one of those organizations that fight against global warming. In fact, during food distributions carried out by LIFE, food is purchased locally, in the country of distribution.

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Distribution of food packages in Senegal containing only local products

Reduce, reuse and recycle: the 3R rule

What if you became a responsible eco-consumer ? Adopt a zero-waste approach. To do this, you can apply the golden rule of the 3Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Thus, you participate in The circular economy, and you are fighting against global warming.And in addition to that, you will make great savings!


Buying a new piece of clothing is appealing, but it pollutes. By avoiding consuming new items, you reduce production at the source but also energy needs. A decrease in the use of raw materials synonymous with less waste of resources and less pollution from factories. The manufacture of a jeans requires between 7000 and 10,000 liters of water, That's about 285 showers. Its carbon impact is estimated, on average, at nearly 25 kg of CO2.

In France, thanks to waste recycling, the equivalent of 5% of annual national CO2 emissions are avoided! Pollution plastics of the oceans is one of the important factors in global warming. Every year, between 9 and 12 million Tons of plastic end up in the oceans, according to the UN. Between 2000 and 2019, global plastic production doubled, from 234 to 460 million tons, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This material is made mainly from oil, which causes a colossal amount of greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce your carbon footprint and fight against global warming, there are many alternatives to plastic. For example, you can opt for reusable bags.

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Reusable bags offered by LIFE to children.

Reduce electricity consumption

Another effective way to reduce your carbon footprint is to limit as much as possible the energy waste. With climate change, the use of air conditioning and heating systems will triple by 2050.

In France, the warming represents 62% of household energy consumption according to EDF. The right thing to do is to adjust the temperature in your home, ideally around 19°C. A happy medium between comfort and consumption. A heating method that limits the carbon footprint goes hand in hand with a good insulation. It is important to ensure that his home is well insulated, to avoid any loss.

The choice of devices is also important. Give preference to those with low power consumption. Designed to consume less energy than standard devices, they are also more profitable in the long run. For example, you can use LED lights.

Favoring transport that is less polluting for the climate

Our modes of transport have an impact on global warming. It is therefore a question of adopting more environmentally friendly modes of travel. When possible, it is best to use public transport rather than the car. Taking the subway means consuming on average 5 times less energy, and emit between 2 and 50 times fewer greenhouse gases only with his car. Public transport trips also have the advantage of being sometimes faster! No more long minutes or hours of waiting in traffic jams.

Do you have no choice but to travel on four wheels? Then think of the carpooling

Travelling responsibly and fighting global warming also means preferring The train to the plane for long distances. For a similar trip, a Plane generally consumes 6 times more energy than the train, and emits on average 30 times more C02.

Fighting digital pollution

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Reduce waste to fight against digital pollution ? Yes, we'll tell you why! Although little known, it would represent up to 2.5% of CO2 emissions in France estimates the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). That's the equivalent of the traffic of 13 million cars! Digital pollution refers to pollution caused by new technologies and to the impact of digital technology as a whole. If it is not visible, it is very real.

The carbon footprint of the manufacture of our computer equipment represents more than 50% of total digital emissions. It is therefore a question of doing everything possible to extend the life of the hardware. So, rather than throwing your old phone in the trash, opt for a reparation.

Also consider unplug and turn off devices after their use, to delete old useless emails, to Decrease streaming usage ... Small daily actions that fight against global warming.

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