Climate change seems to be knocking on our doors. So are climate change-induced catastrophes, which seem closer every day. That is why we believe that preparing for the impact of climate change is key to preparing for the future.
In this article, we will discuss how one can prepare their home, storage and family for an inevitable disaster. You must have heard that temperature cycles, which used to appear every thousand years, now occur in just a decade. That’s why climate change is a problem facing the entire world, not just a handful of polluters.
Helping to stop the impact of climate change
Preparing for the impact of climate change and helping to stop climate change require the same actions, and these are the actions we take. If you think you can do more, why not try it? But first, focus on the small steps.
Everyone has heard about climate change, but it’s up to them whether they believe in it. You, as an observer, need to take a stand. The importance of teaching others how climate change will affect their lives is immense.
Talking to your friends and family about your fears will help both sides. In the end, it will show them the dangers of climate change that are coming and hopefully change their minds.
One of the most obvious tips is to start recycling, especially if you haven’t done so before. This is preparing you for the days when there will be no single-use plastics at our disposal. Recycling also reduces greenhouse gas emissions .
You can try learning some skills, such as upcycling and precycling, that can help you minimize your waste. They also teach important skills that you will need in your post-disaster life.
changing your diet
Livestock used for meat production is the No. 1 carbon polluter in the world. That’s why cutting steak or eliminating meat from your diet can make a big difference. Of course, this also applies to dairy products.
Be energy efficient
Being energy efficient is a tip that will not only minimize your carbon footprint, but also your monthly energy bill. Here are our favorite energy efficiency tips:
- Use LED bulbs in your home.
- Seal doors, windows and any drafts.
- Unplug electronics when not in use.
- Use a programmable thermostat
- Wrap the water heater with insulating materials to reduce heat loss
- Use electric appliances, instead of gas stoves
Reduce your emissions
The world has set a goal to minimize automobile emissions and maximize fuel efficiency in the automotive industry in the coming years. We’re also focusing more on renewable energy. But these things are not something you can do yourself.
What you can try to do and minimize carbon emissions is to use your vehicle less. This means walking more and improving your health. An additional thing you can do is minimize air travel as well.
Adapting to Climate Change
Climate change will make your life more expensive and include more risks in everyday life. Be prepared for extreme weather conditions, from snowstorms to flooding. In addition, expect a change in numbers in the microbiome and insect life, which will spread disease more easily.
It is imperative to adapt your way of life and stock up on some key products. Remember to try to identify the risk you and your environment face and prepare in advance.
Modify your home
Climate change brings floods, storms and other extreme weather events. It is imperative to adapt your home so that it is prepared for the impact of climate change. This means you can try following these steps, if applicable to your location:
- Flood-proof your property.
- Invest in back-up electricity systems
- Prepare for droughts and save fresh water.
- Do not pave the front lawn to promote water drainage.
- Make structural improvements to keep the roof over your head
Grow your food
Growing your own food is the most important of all steps, as food production can become more costly and difficult if climate change occurs. Drought and extreme heat negatively impact not only agriculture, but also fishing and hunting. That is why we recommend preparing for the worst-case scenario with a backyard garden.
A climate change-related disaster is one of the most likely situations we may find ourselves in, sometime in the future. That’s why you need to stock up and prepare your family.
Take our steps to help combat climate change and do your small part. But also to prepare yourself and your environment for when all hell breaks loose.