According to experts, the most powerful climate actions you can take: one green planet

As the consequences of climate change become increasingly serious, many people are eager to know how they can contribute to the fight against global warming. Surveys consulting hundreds of leading climate scientists have identified the most important actions individuals can take to make a difference. These are the steps with the most impact:

1. Vote for climate-conscious politicians

The most powerful action individuals can take is to vote for politicians who support strong climate policies. This was supported by 76% of experts, especially in countries with upcoming elections such as the US, UK, India and the EU. Professor Bill Collins of the University of Reading noted: “Polls show that voters are actually more willing to see governments take stronger climate action.”

2. Reduce flying and use public transport

Reducing flying and choosing electric or public transport is another important step. About 56% of experts recommended this, while two-thirds reduced the number of their own flights. Aviation is a major polluter, with a small percentage of frequent flyers causing a disproportionate share of emissions. It is striking that American air travelers have the largest carbon footprint of the prosperous countries.

3. Eat less meat

Reducing meat consumption also has a significant impact on the environment. More than 60% of scientists have reduced meat consumption, while almost 30% cite this as the most effective climate action. Meat production is resource intensive and most people in rich countries consume more meat than is healthy.

4. Participate in climate protests

Nearly a quarter of scientists have joined climate protests, reflecting their deep concern about global warming. This includes experts from different regions such as the US, Germany, Bangladesh and Australia.

5. Other actions

Other suggested actions include having fewer children, shifting investments to fossil fuels and avoiding products linked to deforestation. Individual actions may be impactful, but limited. Systemic changes are essential for significant reductions in CO2 emissions, as highlighted by Dr. Shobha Maharaj from Trinidad and Tobago.

Experts who set a good example

Many scientists are actively involved in projects that address the consequences of climate change. For example, Professor Carolina Vera of the University of Buenos Aires focuses on helping vulnerable communities adapt to climate change. Others serve as expert witnesses in lawsuits or work to develop new climate policies.

By taking these steps, individuals can contribute to the broader fight against climate change, creating a ripple effect that encourages greater collective action.

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