Earth Day: Sustainability Professional Shares How ordinary citizens Can Tackle Climate Change
According to Environmental Defense Fund’s president Fred Krupp, now is the greatest opportunity to make real progress on climate change as many CEOs are calling for bold emission reductions.
Krupp pointed out that all new cars, trucks, and buses sold in the States must be zero-emission by 2040. While those are great news, you don’t necessarily need to be a CEO to help reduce climate change, and Doria Brown knows this firsthand.
Brown is a sustainability professional and eco-social media creator who loves sharing authentic, eco-conscious content that everyone can relate to.
Her involvement in environmental issues began when she was a high-schooler as she learned that her school was putting their recycling in the trash.
Brown and the members of her school’s environmental club helped collect the recycling so that their club teacher could take it to the recycling center. She’s been eco-aware from that point on.
According to Brown, more people should become eco-aware to “mitigate the effects of climate change” and ensure a sustainable future for our generation and the ones to come.
She added that sustainability communities on social media could inspire their followers to influence companies and local governments to change. For this year’s Earth Day, Brown shared her thoughts on how we can help save the world one step at a time.
Getting educated on different climate issues is essential, but if you’re more passionate about something in particular (clean energy, planting trees, protecting oceans, etc.), do your research and reach out to professionals for more information.
Trying to get involved in your local government to raise awareness about the problems is a great way to start making a real (and lasting) environmental impact, too.
Brown pointed out that understanding that sustainability doesn’t need to be perfect to impact is also important as “a change in the right direction” benefits the environment.
She admitted that the climate crisis and social justice are interconnected, meaning that we cannot solve the former without working on the latter, as well.
Finally, Brown said that staying positive and focusing on the solutions is the best mindset for these topics, especially because getting wrapped up in what is wrong and losing sight of how far we’ve come is easy.