Climate change through global warming can be tackled ‘globally’ and ‘locally’.
These actions are aimed at slowing climate change and to ultimately stabilise it.
Global strategies already in place due to International Conventions:
- Kyoto Protocol which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions: unfortunately not all countries have agreed with the targets that have been set.
- Montreal Protocol which aims to stop the use of CFCs and find suitable ‘environmentally’ friendly substitutes.
Other global strategies to slow climate change:
- Reduce deforestation: forests absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis.
- Afforestation: plant trees to absorb carbon dioxide.
- Reduce methane emissions: some areas are easier to tackle than others such as methane from land-fill sites and leakage from gas pipelines and mining.
- Increase energy saving and conservation in homes and industry.
- Greater use of renewable sources of energy supply.
Actions by individuals: think ‘global’ but act ‘local’.
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