TORONTO – The children are fine.
As Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg takes her place among other young warriors on the planet, like Little Miss Flint. Mari Copeny, indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier and Mexican indigenous activist Xiye Bastida, has a message: "No one is too small for a difference."
Although Thunberg spends most of his time talking to world leaders and thousands of people participating in climate strikes around the world, in his powerful speeches there are four simple steps that anyone and everyone can do to help save the planet.
Fly less or nothing
Thunberg stopped flying due to high emissions and his family followed suit. Air travel produces more emissions compared to other modes of transport, and these emissions at higher altitudes have a more detrimental climate impact because they trigger a series of chemical reactions that create a net warming effect, according to the report. David Suzuki Foundation.
Reduce meat consumption or go vegan
The UN environmental agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report This says that if more of the global population switched to a plant-based diet and reduced red meat intake; could significantly help in the fight against climate change. Other report In the British medical journal The Lancet, it says that eating meat has "dire" consequences for the planet and recommends a plant-based diet with occasional small doses of meat, dairy and sugar.
United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated whereas nine percent of total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2017 come from agriculture, and cattle accounted for about four percent of that. Thunberg and his entire family went vegan to reduce their carbon footprint.
Join an activist movement
It may seem like an intangible step in the face of overwhelming scientific reports on the state of the planet, but joining a movement amplifies the collective voice of those who demand change. Thunberg inspired the "Fridays for the future"Which encourages students to strike and drop out of school to demand that their concerns be heard – and it's working. Global climate strikes had hundreds of thousands of participants and wall-to-wall media coverage. Thunberg and other young activists brought climate change to the forefront of the news cycle and increased pressure on world leaders to do their part.
As Thunberg addresses the nation's leaders, it is important to remember who put them in charge in the first place. Thunberg urges everyone to use their right to vote and choose a candidate who puts climate change at the front and center of their platforms, and continually press those in power to adapt their policies and adopt a new legislature to save the planet.