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What can we do to stop climate change


Alaa Jarrad


05 July 2022

Last week's article dealt with global warming and its terrifying effects, and there are many and heavy commitments required of governments and the industrial and service community to limit climate change. These commitments are very clear and specific, but the real challenge is the behavior of individuals, which is difficult to control, and takes a lot of time and effort. In order to raise awareness and change the pattern of thinking and behaviour, it is difficult to convince grandmothers, for example, of the dangers and harms of using plastic bags, and it is also difficult to convince many educated people how eating meat can negatively affect the climate change process, especially since a person looks at the issue from a narrow angle, saying is it just The bag that I will use will destroy the planet, or will eating a steak bring all this damage to the universe?!

And let's imagine that everyone looks at the subject with that narrow view, and the result will be going to the abyss and at full speed.

Academic and research bodies and international organizations have developed detailed lists of direct measures that can be applied immediately and without the slightest effort by individuals, in order to effectively contribute to solving the problem of global warming and climate change. The most important of these lists are those developed by Imperial College University as well as the United Nations Climate Program, I will review here some of these measures, the most important of which are, first, reduce the consumption of meat and dairy products and replace them with plant foods and vegetables. Besides that plant foods are rich in fiber and beneficial to health compared to red meat, we also find that cows and livestock farms have a severe damage to the environment, for example, the carbon footprint of a cheeseburger slice Nine times the carbon footprint of a falafel sandwich, and six times the carbon footprint of a meal of fish with French fries.

Secondly, reducing air travel, especially since we discovered that many travels can be dispensed with using remote meetings, and it is no secret to anyone that the amount of carbon dioxide and pollution resulting from the burning of aviation fuel, a four-hour flight by plane results in 58 kilograms of carbon dioxide per person, While the same journey by train produces only three kilograms of carbon, that is, the pollution from an airplane is approximately 20 times that of a train.

Third, rationalizing energy consumption, whether electricity or gas, and separating appliances that we do not use. Reducing energy consumption, especially non-renewable ones, has very positive effects on the environment.

Fourth: Rationalizing consumption in general, and reducing waste, especially what harms the environment such as plastic, and in addition to the good effect resulting from that, it will also help in saving that we all desperately need.

Garment companies like Pataguina have gone out of their way to make new clothes out of old clothes, buying used clothes to be recycled and manufactured or repaired and resold.

We must seriously begin to change our consumption pattern and spend and reconsider everything around us, because the world has not and will not return to the way it was.

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The carbon footprint of a cheeseburger is nine times the carbon footprint of a falafel sandwich.



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