Reducing carbon pollution: what you can do?

South Africa is among the top 15 carbon polluters on the planet … and we all know that our energy supply is not working.  So, it is up to you to make the change – for your sake and that of the planet!

Right now, scientists tell us that we’re on track to see global temperatures rise up to 4°C by the end of the century.images (6)

Yet, with a shift to a clean-energy economy, we can still create the sustainable and prosperous future we all want.  More affordable clean energy is increasingly available, and the supply is limitless. Renewable energy is already creating jobs and improving economies. With more demand and more support it will be our saviour.

This is so relevant in South Africa today with our dependence on Eskom’s fossil fuel/coal burning to provide our energy we are amongst the top 15 carbon polluters on the planet…and our energy supply is not working! So it is a no brainer to see how you can install solar geysers, gas or induction cookers and more.

It is also important to save energy by switching off lights and appliances when needed, unplugging chargers when roofnot in use, not filling the kettle for just a cup or two, geyser timers, low-flow shower heads, pool pumps running only 5 to 6 hours a day.

Being conscious of your purchasing power and the impact of the things you buy and use in your home helps too.

One of my main tips is to urge you to inform yourself and then inform others. Whether it’s watching a video that expands your awareness of the issue, sharing a post, signing a petition, reaching out to your friends and colleagues, donating to initiatives like tree planting, or organizing a climate presentation in your community, the actions you take can have real impact.

We can create a more resilient future together.

Follow African Climate Reality Project on Facebook,  @AfricaCRP on Twitter and see www.climatereality.co.za.

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