How to make a change

This discussion was inspired by splendid_fish of Cheam Fields Primary Academy in the United Kingdom. Well done, splendid_fish, you have won five stars for having your idea published!

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Climate change is one of the biggest news stories in the world because everyone is affected by it in some way. Because of this, many people have devoted their lives to discovering new ways to protect the planet – and some of these are exceptionally creative.

For this discussion, your challenge is to find one creative thing that someone from your country or community has done (or is doing) to protect the planet.

For example, have they invented something? Are they doing something strange to raise money for climate charities? Or have they helped to raise awareness in a way that’s caught your attention? The more unique the idea, the better!

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  • Planting trees is an activity everyone can do to reduce climate change.A principal greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change Will most surely help. We can all contribute. We can also change our main energy sources to clean and renewable energy is the best way to stop using fossil fuels. These include technologies like solar, wind, wave, tidal and geothermal power.
    Switch to sustainable transport. Petrol and diesel vehicles, planes and ships use fossil fuels. climate action no matter how little/ small it is.Transitioning to energy sources that do not emit greenhouse gases, such as solar, wind, biofuels, and nuclear, can slow the pace of climate change.Though these energy sources face hurdles ranging from manufacturing capacity to debates about where to install some facilities.

    1. Hi, perceptive_impression your suggestions and ideas were great. Planting more trees is a great path for keep our planet green. We should discuss and work on it . But, do you think that everyone will be work on it? Nowadays, everyone is so busy. They always forget about their own responsibility for our nature. I know that a person have many work.But, They have also a little free time. But, I am requesting to you all don't forget about the responsibility of nature.
      Thanks.

  • I think we all can make a change by limiting the waste and recycling our trash. We can use less vehicles that pollute the air,we can cycle or scoot and even skateboard! My point is to use more healthy vehicles if u don't want to cycle or scoot buy and use and electric car!

    1. I agree with your comment because vehicles are the #1 transport device, but also near #1 causation towards pollution. This is why we should focus on using what you called "healthier cars" if we are unable to recycle because it is to expensive. I like the point you made about healthy vehicles because if we use cleaner cars, we can reduce the pollution levels.

    2. I agree with you because as you have said, they are a lot of ways to help but I will give few which are ;
      Afforestation
      Recycling
      Reducing the waste of appliances
      Use of cars that does not emit smoke
      Stopping bush burning etc.

  • On October 2, 2014, the government of my country India, under the governance of BJP helped to raise awareness by launching one of the well-known missions - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Under this mission, The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that our country will surely become the cleanest country in future. Since then, people have adopted a significant habit of throwing dry and wet waste separately. The Municipal Corporation sends a vehicle throughout the city every morning to collect the separated waste. Further, this waste is taken to landfills or open grounds where the wet waste is dumped and decomposed to make manure whereas, the dry waste is sent for further recycling. This mission has brought a clean change in our country and has developed a habit among all of us to reduce the waste consumption.

    Another such initiative is the Coastal Clean-Up Initiative which had been launched by Tata Power employees. In this, the employees of Tata Power have started to collect the plastic trash near the beaches for cleaner surroundings. Many common people and well-known personalities have joined this initiative for protecting the planet. These initiatives have played a very important role in raising awareness among the country regarding protecting the planet.

  • In my country,there's a clever person who made a special machine that turns salty sea water into clean drinking water using sunlight. This is super important because in some places, the sea is getting higher, and it's hard for people to find clean water to drink. But with this machine, they can have clean water without using stuff that makes the planet hotter. It's like having a magic box that helps people and the Earth at the same time!
    This cool machine could totally help other places too, especially where there's not much fresh water and lots of sunshine. Imagine if more people had these machines, they wouldn't have to worry about not having enough water to drink. It's like having a superhero gadget that saves the day by giving us water without hurting the planet. So, I believe this idea could definitely work in other places where they need clean water and have plenty of sunshine!

  • Environmental protection is a global concern, and India is no exception. One unique initiative that caught my attention is the 'Plastic Roads' project. This initiative was started by an Indian engineer named Rajagopalan Vasudevan in 2001. The project involves using plastic waste to build roads. The plastic is melted and mixed with asphalt to create a durable and long-lasting road surface. This initiative has not only helped to reduce plastic waste but has also provided a cost-effective solution to India's road infrastructure challenges.

    Another unique initiative that has gained recognition is the 'Tree Ambulance' project. Started by an environmentalist named Shubhendu Sharma, this project involves rescuing trees from construction sites and transplanting them in different locations. The project has gained popularity in India as it helps to preserve greenery in urban areas. The project has also been extended to other countries, including Japan and Australia.

    Lastly, India has a unique initiative called 'Project Green Hands.' This initiative was started in 2001 by the Isha Foundation, an Indian non-profit organization. The project aims to plant 114 million trees in the state of Tamil Nadu. The foundation has set up nurseries and works with local communities to plant and maintain the trees. This initiative has been successful in raising awareness about the importance of reforestation and has helped to combat deforestation in the state.

    1. Climate change and climate anxiety affect people in different ways, depending on their context and situation. For instance, in northern Nigeria, where rainfall is usually scarce in November, some regions of Kaduna, Plateau and Abuja witnessed unexpected showers. This caused mixed reactions among the people: some were happy to see the rain, while others were worried about its implications for the climate. The rain also posed a serious threat to the livelihoods of farmers who had crops ready or harvested on the field, without proper storage facilities. The rain was a clear sign of climate variability and a source of stress for those who understood its causes and consequences.

      1. I accord because the effect of the climate can either be positive or negative. It can also affect us in different ways depending on the kind of situation that the climate is in . I am trying to encourage you all to try and take care of your society in your various communities. Because here in Nigeria, some of us have ignored the warning of the consequences that can happen if we do not take good care of our society. Because of our ignorance, we have been suffering all sorts of negative climate effects for instance flooding, earthquakes, global warming and the likes of others.

        1. I agree because when we ignore important things that can have a massive impact we end up paying the price and have to deal with it ,try to help solve it

          1. I agree that we cannot ignore important things like this but I think the UK need to find a different way to deal with it. We had a discussion in class about how people are asked to recycle things but some people in the class had 5 different types of bin outside their house that they needed to put their rubbish into. But the biggest problem was when the bin men picked the bins up all the bins were tipped into the same bin. This means that the problem is still there as people will see this and think that they should not bother. Councils and the government need to come up with a better way to recycle things from houses so that we are actually going to make a change and not just say we are.

    2. These environmental endeavors in India are indeed captivating. The 'Plastic Roads' initiative, orchestrated by Rajagopalan Vasudevan, exhibits a pragmatic approach by repurposing plastic waste into road construction, offering a dual remedy to plastic pollution and infrastructural challenges. Shubhendu Sharma's 'Tree Ambulance' project, demonstrating ecological acumen, salvages trees from construction sites, orchestrating their relocation to urban locales for the preservation of greenery, with an expanding global reach. The ambitious 'Project Green Hands,' an undertaking by the Isha Foundation, seeks to plant an impressive 114 million trees in Tamil Nadu, representing a substantive endeavor against deforestation and concurrently fostering public awareness regarding the imperative nature of reforestation. India's commitment to pioneering and impactful environmental solutions is undeniably commendable.

      1. Sustainable infrastructure options, such as plastic roadways, are becoming more popular in India and other nations. They entail mixing leftover plastic with bitumen mixtures to create new roads. The plastic road has numerous advantages, some of which are as follows:
        1. Road construction uses plastic debris that would otherwise end up in the ocean, lowering pollution levels.
        2. Because plastic roads require less bitumen and fewer repairs over time, they may be less expensive than conventional roads.
        3. Bitumen treated with plastic has a tendency to be more resilient to water and more long-lasting, resulting in less maintenance-intensive roads.
        EXCITED TO SEE CORRECTIONS
        Regards

    3. Yes I agree all your idea . But I strongly agree on your idea 'Plastic Roads' project. People are using tons of plastic in their daily life. And the government are collecting plastic and throwing them in hills or burning them. In place of burning or throwing them. They can use that plastic to prepare road which is more long lasting than normal road and this is cheaper and easier than normal concrete road.

      That’s from my understanding

      1. I am not entirely in agreement with you because throwing of plastics contribute to fewer roads worldwide. However, I also think that more roads mean less land available for planting, so I believe the plastics should be used to make raincoats and other items.

    4. I felt all the ideas are really interesting and they would definitely help! But the one, which caught my eye was the 'Plastic Roads' project. I would say, this is a great idea, which would contribute to an essential infrastructure along with recycling of plastic material at a low cost. it's a lucid idea with an immense effect.
      What could be better than this! Preventing global warming and developing the country simultaneously would help the people to grow and understand the requirement on recycling.

      1. Interesting ideas @triumphant_beaver. Can you think of examples of how global warming can be prevented?

        1. Hi! There are a lot of ways through which we can prevent global warming, but the have to be done on a large basis. Some common steps that most of us are aware of is to stop throwing non-biodegradable waste that is plastic in soil, which directly or indirectly affect the environment. All the citizens can take certain steps to prevent it, like planting and taking care of plants and trees, minimizing the usage of appliances which release CFCs, carpooling and cycling, applying 5R's in our lives, which are refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle, and various other ways.
          Most importantly, if we have the knowledge of all these things, we should follow them and it's equally significant to make others also knowledgeable about this topic.

        2. Global warming is a serious threat to humans and the earth itself are suffering. Humans have been trying to tackle this situation for a long time now because if we continue to leave this issue unattended to, we can face more extreme weather and sea level rise
          Some ways of preventing global warming are

          - Switch to renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or hydro power. These sources do not emit carbon dioxide or other harmful pollutants when they generate electricity. You can choose a utility company that offers green energy options, or install solar panels on your roof if possible. According to NRDC, you can save up to 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year by powering your home with renewable energy.
          - Use public transportation, bike, walk, or carpool whenever you can. Transportation is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, accounting for 29% of the total in 2019. By reducing your driving, you can save money on gas and maintenance, as well as reduce your carbon footprint.
          - Recycle and reuse as much as possible. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and seas , where it decomposes and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Recycling reduces the need for new materials and energy to produce them.
          - Conserve water and energy at home. Water heating accounts for about 17% of residential energy use in the US. You can save water and energy by taking shorter and cooler showers, washing your clothes in cold or warm water, and installing low-flow showerheads and faucets. You can also save energy by turning off lights and appliances when not in use, using LED bulbs instead of incandescent ones, and adjusting your thermostat by a few degrees in winter and summer. These simple actions can save you hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
          - Plant trees and support reforestation efforts.. Planting a tree in your backyard or community can help offset your emissions and enhance your environment.

          Some of this ways can be attended to individually or collectively, but the most important thing is that we act accordingly.

        3. One of the ways to prevent global warming is to use recyclable products that reduce waste and pollution. Another way is to use renewable energy sources such as hydro and solar power, instead of fossil fuels like coal that release harmful gases into the atmosphere. Furthermore, planting more trees can help lower the carbon dioxide levels in the air, as trees absorb this greenhouse gas. Lastly, we should raise awareness about the issue and encourage everyone to take action, as every effort counts.

          1. I agree with you, we should switch to renewable energies such as geothermal energy, hydropower energy, ocean energy and bioenergy. This will help to reduce global warming. Other ways we can help to reduce climate change include avoiding air pollution, driving less and frequent servicing of automobiles to prevent exhaust from coming out of cars and other automobiles.

      2. Interesting ideas @triumphant_beaver. Can you think of examples of how global warming can be prevented?

        1. Hello Chloe,
          There are many ways global warming can be prevented, from our little daily activities to serious community efforts However, steps like:
          1.Using Clean Energy: We can switch to using energy from things like the sun, wind, and water instead of burning fossil fuels like coal and oil.
          2. Being Smarter with Energy: We can try to use less energy in our homes, cars, and factories by being more efficient and not wasting electricity.
          3. Planting Trees: Trees are like nature's air purifiers, so planting more trees and taking care of forests can help soak up the carbon dioxide in the air.
          4. Farming Wisely: Farmers can use methods that are good for the environment, like rotating crops and not using too many chemicals, to cut down on emissions.
          5. Cleaning Up Trash: We can reduce the amount of garbage we produce, recycle what we can, and find better ways to get rid of the rest to stop harmful gases from being released.
          6. Choosing Green Transportation: Walking, biking, carpooling, or using public transportation can cut down on pollution from cars and trucks.
          7. Speaking up: We can tell our leaders that we care about the environment and ask them to make rules and laws that protect it.
          These are just some simple things we can do to help stop global warming and keep our planet healthy for everyone.
          Thank you!!

    5. Same, the UK is no exception either in regards to environmental concerns. I think that the 'Plastic Roads' project, the 'Tree Ambulance' project and 'Project Green Hands' are awesome ideas to help both India's climate change problems and economic problems. Because the 'Plastic Roads' can help India's road building infrastructure and reduce plastic waste.

    6. I think the road idea is AMAZING! its a realy clever idea because It helps in so meny ways and near me there are so meny new estates so it would be handy. I can not imagine what all the plastic looks like, we will tearn into WALLY
      (the movie).

      1. I agree. because as the state of plastic litter in the world, is not the best it would be good to reduce some of that
        as well as providing a cheep, an effective alternative to asphalt.

    7. I agree with inspiring_anteater that India has implemented innovative environmental initiatives, such as the 'Plastic Roads,' 'Tree Ambulance,' and 'Project Green Hands.' These initiatives indicate the country's dedication to sustainability and eco-consciousness. They not only address pressing environmental issues, such as plastic waste, global warming and deforestation but also showcase the power of creative solutions and community engagement to attain environmental goals.

    8. Wow! Those are some fascinating facts. I didn't know about the Plastic Roads project, but it seems interesting. It could significantly help us advance as a society since it not only reuses plastic but also saves animals and marine life from poisoning and choking on plastic. If there is no trace of plastic in the soil, then it won't affect the soil either, and as a result, plants will grow healthy and tall! The second fact also reminded me of the trees of my city which relocated from the center of the roads to the side which not only prevented accidents but also did not affect the greenery of my city.

    9. I agree with you in this comment but there is more types of the things that affect in the climate change like cutting trees

      1. Can you think of some other things that impact climate change?

        1. Hey, Aimee @ Topical Talk!
          In my opinion, we can impact climate change by saving energy if we learn to switch off our lights and unplug appliances when not in use. By doing this, it will reduce the amount of harmful electricity being pumped into the atmosphere.
          Secondly, we can also help by learning to speak up to influence our leaders and decision-makers to come up with policies that will protect our planet. Making our voices heard is another way of helping the planet.
          In my opinion, the fate of our planet lies In our hands. By making simple changes to our daily habits and advocating for change we can create a sustainable future for generations to come. So let's work together and take action to save our planet.

  • India has been working extremely hard to create a change when it comes to environmental protection. Some very creative ideas that India has been practising is using natural ingedients to replace harmful products that pollute the ecosystem. One excenllent example is "USING JACKFRUIT INSTEAD OF PLASTIC". This fruit can replace plastic and disposable kitchenware. The prickly exterior can be used to make cuttlery and replace plastic. It's a healthy alternative which is economically available to a lot of people.
    Similarly, Banana leaves are abundant in South India. It can wrap food and help with packaging. It is better than using papers or any other plastic material. They are biodegradable and healthy for the environment. Another example could be the usage of flowers, which are used as color dyes. They are present in an array of colors and seem to lighten up not only clothes but the environment too.
    India is a diverse land, especially when it comes to flora and fauna. People in India have switched to using many palnt based prodcuts instead of plastic or other dangerous materials. Thus, contibuting to a better and cleaner ecosystem.

    1. I agree with the idea of using jackfruit instead of plastics and using banana leaves in place of plastic wrappers. These kinds of fruits are easily available in the nature in excess quantity. These kinds of fruits doen't create pollution in the environment. They are eco-friendly. Everyone should follow these ideas to stop pollution. They are biodegredable waste. So, we use these ideas to stop the pollution.

    2. I fully agree with distinguished_measurement's statement. India's innovative approaches to environmental protection are truly commendable. By using natural ingredients such as jackfruit, banana leaves, and flowers instead of harmful products like plastic, India is demonstrating a sustainable and eco-friendly mindset. These initiatives not only reduce pollution but also contribute to a healthier ecosystem. India's rich biodiversity provides ample opportunities for such creative solutions, highlighting the significance of embracing plant-based alternatives for a cleaner environment.

  • India has taken many steps in environmental protection, keeping roads clean, keeping public toilets clean etc. And now they started to plant trees in public places and protecting the trees not cutting it

    1. I see where you're coming from with your situation. In America there is a school problem with gum, dirty toilets, etc. I feel people need to take action into helping keep the evrionment clean and schools clean instead of vandalizing.

    2. ✨Greece has also taken multiple measures for the environmental protection , they have improved garbage trucks keeping the main squares and roads clean. However from my point of view I think Greece should also plant trees in public places and start protecting them like you said gentle_flute.✨

    3. Thank you for your comment. Can you explain the positive impacts on the environment by taking the necessary steps you mentioned?

      1. Yaa sure, actually as I mention when we started to keep our roads clean it does not cause any issues like pollution, traffics ets
        *Secondly when we keep public toilets clean it does not create any issues especially for ladies
        *When we stop cutting trees we ensure that we get certain rain falls and we protect our self from nature.
        Thank you,

  • One creative thing that someone from Nigeria has done (or is doing) to protect the planet is the **Initiative on Climate Education** by POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement. This is a youth-led program that collaborates with the Federal Ministry of Environment to inform, educate and train people on the topic of climate change crisis and ways to mitigate it. The initiative has reached over 40,000 people across 12 states in Nigeria and has been replicated in other countries as well. The POP Movement believes that climate education is an adaptation tool to combat climate change impact and promote sustainable environmental practices.

  • Fortunately, Egypt has been planning to source around forty two percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 which is great news ofcourse but that’s in 6 years so it’s better to talk about what has already been done and it’s that Egypt has doubled its wind energy production and that’s obviously a great step forward but it’s not enough, there should be more climate activists, the government should raise foundations to clean the environment ( ocean, green fields and streets ) , family/friends should carpool, but there’s nothing creative or new here so I suggest that Egypt and all countries around the globe put a law stating the disallowance of throwing garbage into rivers, seas.. etc, and factories from disposing its wastes because that prevents the occurrence of biological, chemical, and thermal water pollution which would be healthy to us, nature and marine animals. Another thing that will be great if invented in the soon future is a machine that gets inserted into the seas, rivers and ponds in order to filter the wastes/trash from the water .
    • I genuinely hope everyone and all governments around the world realize that our earth is beautiful and it shouldn’t be taken for granted at all.
    •Hope that helped somehow,
    Thank you!!!!

    1. I agree because every country should try to improve economically to reduce our carbon foot print. Here in Nigeria we have tried to reduce the effects of pollution by aiming to decrease the use of diesel generators for backup power, by improving on-grid power generation and delivery from new gas, hydro and solar power projects and expanding access to solar home systems and mini-grids in rural areas. this is very effective and i can say that from experience we recently converted our generator to a gas powered gen this is very effective.

      1. Firstly, thanks for sharing those impressive eco friendly renovations with everyone.
        secondly, it’s safe to say that Nigeria and Nigerians are working so hard to save our planet because the point of being able to reduce carbon foot prints and converting your source of electricity to solar electricity is an amazing step forward .

    2. I completely agree with bright_conclusion! Your insights and suggestions are absolutely crucial for tackling environmental challenges. It's fantastic to see that Egypt is taking a positive step in doubling wind energy production, but as you rightly pointed out, there is still so much more that needs to be done. I love your ideas about implementing laws to prevent pollution, promoting carpooling, and investing in innovative technologies like water filtration machines and sustainable methods for energy production. These measures are essential for preserving our planet, and I'm so glad that people like you are advocating for a cleaner and healthier environment. Keep up the amazing work, and thank you for your invaluable contributions towards encouraging a collective understanding of the importance of environmental conservation!

  • If we are ready to take away resources as gifts from our mother earth then we should also be ready to give gifts to her and in my perspective the only gift that we can offer to her is to protect and conserve our environment. environmental protection is a very vast topic and can only be achieved by collaborative efforts at all levels from global to school level!!
    I would like to list out all the measures and innovations I have stumbled upon till now at different levels as a citizen of my country, city and as a student.
    COUNTRY LEVEL:- India has taken several steps to make sure that we preserve our nature for the upcoming generations, instead of using wood we now are making furniture from rice and other surplus produce of our country, we have installed "water to plastic" vending machines in some of our cities which gives you water in exchange of recyclable plastic. we are also actively promoting solar energy and electronic vehicles to save our fossil fuels
    CITY LEVEL:- I was born and still lives in Indore the cleanest city in Indore from past 7 years, here cleanliness has become a culture which has helped us embrace our nature and surroundings.
    SCHOOL LEVEL:-In Choithram school we have "ECO CLUB" a club dedicated completely to protect our environment where students are taught innovative ways to minimize the damage to environment and are encouraged to perform activities to protect it. Some of the innovative ideas adopted by the club are making seed balls which can be thrown in any nearby garden or playground and trees can grow from it without much requirements as well as using plastic bottles as a substitute for flower pots. Also our school runs completely on solar energy demonstrating that we truly give our all to save our nature.
    I support my country ,city and school in any way possible to help them save our precious environment.

  • Hi,
    When it comes to climate change many things can be done to improve the situation for example: In Nigeria we aim to decrease the use of diesel generators for backup power by improving on-grid power generation and delivery from new gas, hydro and solar power projects and expanding access to solar home systems and mini-grids in rural areas. This would overall contribute to the healing of the ozone layer.
    I personally love a beautiful environment and I try my best to do what I can for it, I plant flowers around where I stay to increase the vegetation of my surroundings helping pollination to take place even faster than regularly.
    Still on a change humans can also do-little things that could aid to our environment things that even benefit us to, for example:
    -Make your voice heard by those in power: this would give those in power new ideas and enlighten those waiting to do something ideas to try out

    -Eat less meat and dairy because...meat and dairy have a very high carbon footprint, especially beef and lamb. Globally, the spread of beef farming is causing huge deforestation. Reduce your meat consumption and consider vegetarian or vegan options to help the forests.

    -Cut back on flying: flying produces CFC in the air as diesel is an ingredient in the fuel used in flying the plane. Flying also helps to save money.

    -Leave the car at home so that vehicles will not emit substantial amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases this will also enable you to exercise and have energy to plant trees.

    -Bank and invest your money responsibly to charities for climate change. and finally
    -Reduce your energy use, and bills.

    These are just few out of the many things we can do to help the climate and I hope with these points of mine you are encouraged to help the climate.

    THANKYOU.

    1. It's great to know that Nigeria is taking steps to tackle climate change, from local efforts to bigger projects. Your dedication to planting flowers is a fantastic way to show how individuals can make a difference. Let's talk about "green travel" - what can people do to reduce their impact on the environment while exploring new places?

      1. Hi Divya @ The Economist,
        Firstly, let's talk about green travel. What is green travel? Green travel is a sustainable means of transport, it uses little to no chemicals that can affect the environment. Green travel is the way forward `for our planet as it not only helps the environment but helps us as humans to develop muscles and endurance. Green travel is about choosing ways to travel that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. When you talk about things people can do to increase green travel it involves two (2) parties which are individuals and government.
        Let's start with individuals! Individuals can do little things that can increase green travel and also the climate, things such as travelling off-peak or off-beat, going by road or rail, being opt for eco-conscious accommodation, packing reusable items, spending your money locally etc.
        Then government, government can take efforts for promoting energy sustainability by reducing the subsidies available for fossil fuels (which are non-renewable) and applying them to renewable energy sources like wind, solar, or tidal power.
        And finally, what people do to reduce their impact on the environment while exploring new places. People can Seek out eco-conscious hotels and accommodations that support sustainable development and have minimal impact on the surrounding environment, they can bring a reusable water bottle with them and fill it up at water fountains or filtered water stations to reduce usage of plastic, and they can use electric cars and bicycles to reduce carbon emitted by them.
        I hope I have given you profound answers to your question and I hope that you are able to see from my perspective.
        Thankyou.

      2. Hello Divya,

        I strongly believe that adopting sustainable travel practices is essential for minimizing our environmental impact when exploring new places. Opting for eco-friendly accommodations, such as LEED-certified hotels, demonstrates a dedication to sustainable practices. Similarly, choosing environmentally friendly transportation options, like electric vehicles or public transit, can significantly reduce carbon emissions. For instance, during a recent trip, I made a conscious effort to decrease my carbon footprint by selecting a LEED-certified boutique hotel and relying on local trains and buses for city transportation.
        Furthermore, practicing a minimalist approach to packing, bringing reusable items, and supporting local businesses, such as family-run restaurants with a focus on sustainable sourcing, all contribute to responsible tourism. Engaging in community-based tourism initiatives and offsetting travel-related carbon emissions through reputable projects align with my commitment to making a positive impact in the places I explore.

  • Here, climate change in the US is very important. One creative things here that the USA has implemented to protect the planet is the National Park System. This system aims to preserve and protect unique and diverse ecosystems, natural landscapes, and cultural heritage sites across the country. The USA was the first country in the world to create a national park, Yellowstone National Park, in 1872.

    Since then, the National Park System has expanded to include over 400 sites, including national parks, monuments, historic sites, and more. These protected areas not only serve as havens for wildlife and ecosystems, but also provide opportunities for environmental education, out door recreation, and sustainable tourism.

    In conclusion, this is one of the most important project that stood out to me to help climate change.

    1. To be honest, your conclusion couldn’t be more right, because places like this don’t only help in raising the country’s economy through the money the U.S receives from foreigners or people who aren’t from Wyoming ( where Yellowstone national park is mostly located) but it’s also a win to America for having a beautiful, well-known, unique and most importantly an eco friendly place that has a great role in saving our planet from the climate change incident.
      All in all, Yellowstone national park is a win win to everyone and to the country itself in all ways .

  • In Egypt, "EcoBrick Nile" is a fresh, smart idea. This project turns plastic trash into eco-bricks. Ecobricks are plastic bottles packed with waste that won't break down. They build things like benches, walls for gardens, or tiny shelters with these eco-bricks.

    This clever project fights plastic pollution. It also gets the community involved and teaches about the environment. People from the area gather plastic trash and squash it into eco-bricks. They turn trouble into a solution. The things they make with eco-bricks are useful and meaningful. They show why we need to cut waste and live sustainably.

    Rephrase EcoBrick Nile is getting noticed. People like its hands-on, community-based way of saving the environment. This idea might spark alike endeavors elsewhere. Places battling plastic rubbish could use this. Tailoring these concepts to fit each area's needs is crucial. Engaging locals and promoting green habits are key components.

    1. I agree because... Agricultural greenhouse projects are among the most famous things that are used in our rural communities in Egypt to avoid the impact of climate change. Agricultural greenhouses were used before to grow plants outside their timing and climatic conditions. For the same reason, they were used to avoid the effects of climate change and protect plants from extinction or other things to preserve these things. Types and also many other things, such as protected agriculture and modern drip irrigation. Simply put, climate change affects the percentage of water through evaporation and other things. Drip irrigation preserves water and does not waste it to cultivate a lot, and also the sustainable agriculture project.
      Simply put, on the other hand, in our societies, people have begun to use many methods in an attempt to reduce climate change, not only to reduce its effects, but to get rid of it, because simply put, why should I only work to protect plants or specific organisms? Rather, I should work to get rid of the problem, so if we are in a war against change. We must not only defend the climate, such as protecting plants and others, but we must confront the problem and get rid of it. As an example from our coastal communities, especially on the coast of the Red Sea, such as Sinai and the Red Sea Governorate, people and the government have begun trying to get rid of climate change in many ways, from the perspective of plants, so that we do not deviate from the content. The question is often asked: Did they use the mangrove plant? On the one hand, it can absorb carbon dioxide, as is known. On the other hand, mangroves were chosen on the coasts to prevent the rise in sea levels and protect the lands from the effects of climate change.

  • India has been taking a lot of steps to ensure that the environment is protected since long. For example in 1973 a chipku movement was launched in the state of Uttar Pradesh which soon spread to a lot of areas. In the movement, people hugged the trees and relied the message of not cutting them. The government of India has passed a lot of laws ensuring that the environment is done no harm. All over India, the Swachh Bharat programme has been implemented. We separated the dry waste and wet waste. At local and village levels too, people save water, soil and the flora of the region . Recently in 2022 India banned the use of single use plastic all over the country. Hence a lot of small and big changes are being made both by the government and the citizens.

    1. Discuss the impact of separating dry and wet waste in the Swachh Bharat program. How does this practice contribute to environmental sustainability?

      1. So, separating the two type of wastes is very beneficial and has reduced the load of rag pickers. By segregating dry waste such as plastic, glass, metals, basically the non recyclable waste from wet waste, it becomes easier to recycle them into new products. Whereas wet waste like vegetable leftovers, fruits etc can be used for producing biogas, manure etc. If these wastes are not separated they may get mixed in the landfills creating problem in recycling and compost making.

      2. Hello Divya,

        I think the careful segregation of waste into wet and dry categories, as recognized by India's Swachh Bharat scheme, has huge benefits for environmental sustainability. This approach facilitates efficient recycling of dry waste, thereby reducing reliance on virgin resources and minimizing environmental impact. It is noteworthy that in Pune, waste pickers play a vital role in collecting and sorting dry waste, contributing significantly to resource recovery. In addition, wet waste composting produces nutrient-rich compost that effectively reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions. This strategy reduces pressure on landfills and prevents soil and water contamination. In addition to environmental benefits, Swachh Bharat schemes have also increased public awareness and community engagement, as is the case in Bangalore. Additionally, it creates employment opportunities in the recycling industry, as evidenced by the small recycling unit in Ahmedabad. In essence, the Swachh Bharat initiative addresses immediate health issues while laying the foundation for a sustainable future. This approach is very effective and I believe that if more countries prioritized such strategies, they could improve their overall well-being and contribute to a sustainable environment.

  • In India, there have been many environmentalists who have helped mother nature that we cannot forget them. One of them is, Vidyut Mohan, also known as the Seed Man of India. Mohan is a farmer for the Koraput district of Odisha, who has independently revived more than 100 indigenous rice varieties from the verge of extinction. Recognizing the importance of biodiversity and climate resilience, he embarked on a long mission to collect, cultivate, and document these forgotten heirloom seeds. He named his initiative the "Vriksha Raksha" ("Tree Protection") seed bank.

    Approaches -

    1. Reclaiming traditional knowledge: Mohan didn't rely on external resources but grasped the wisdom of tribal communities, learning traditional seed preservation techniques and understanding the unique characteristics of each variety.

    2. Building community resilience: He freely shares seeds and knowledge with other farmers, promoting biodiversity and ensuring food security in the face of climate change and erratic weather patterns.

    3. Creating a seed sanctuary: His home has become a living library of diverse rice varieties, attracting researchers, farmers, and students to learn and participate in seed conservation efforts.

    Mohan's story inspires us, as the power of individual initiative with the importance of preserving traditional knowledge in the fight against climate change could be observed. His seed bank serves as a model, and motivates others to think and take actions to preserve the environment for future generations.

  • Plastic pollution is a bane to our environment, and to combat its impact, an entrepreneur based in Telangana, India, founded a company called Bakey’s. This eco-friendly venture produces Edible Cutlery, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic utensils. Bakey’s offers three types of edible cutlery made from a mixture of wheat, salt, millet, and rice. These spoons are designed to withstand both hot and cold liquids without breaking, dissolving, or crumbling. Moreover, they are preservative-free and have a three-year shelf life.
    The technology behind this environmentally friendly invention involves a process of drying, hardening, and baking the cutlery at high temperatures. To further promote the use of edible cutlery and discourage the use of plastic utensils, Bakey’s sells its products at the same price as traditional plastic cutlery. This innovative approach not only addresses the issue of plastic pollution but is also a significant step towards sustainable living.

  • Climate change is really a difficult phenomenon affecting the entire world. And with a rising population, vehicles, industries and human activities around the globe, it is going to worsen more.India's domestic policy on climate and environmental action includes protecting regional glaciers , greening the railway system , reducing single-use plastic and producing clean cooking fuel etc..

    1. Yes, I agree with you on the fact that climate change is really a difficult phenomenon affecting the entire world. Yes with a rising pollution, the climate change tends to increase and cause more harm to everyone, everyday. As they say, prevention is better than cure, we need to go the extra mile to get the problem on the table solved, by being aware of the news around and not only hearing but putting in action, effort and following rules to help the situation.

      1. I totally agree with you when you say that we should try our best to prevent climate change, I also agree with you when you say that prevention is better than cure, it is better to prevent something something from happening than to start battling it once it arrives.
        I totally agree with you because when you say that we need to go the extra mile to stop climate change from happening that means that the world needs to move a step forward to bring our one green world back to its form. the world need to change its ways and turn a new leaf, we can do that by stopping climate change from happening which means: afforestation, use of electric cars, reducing our carbon footprints.

    2. I agree because... greening the railway is such a good idea and protecting the glaciers are good actions for every country

    3. Thank you for your comment, can you share two ways people can stop climate change from worsening?

      1. One possible way to mitigate the effects of climate change is to reduce our consumption of plastics. Plastics are harmful to the environment because they do not biodegrade completely, but rather fragment into microplastics that can contaminate water sources and harm wildlife. When plastics are discarded in the ocean, they pollute the marine ecosystem and pose a risk to the health of fish and other organisms.

  • When I was a kid, our school used to host a competition where we competed to make the best out of waste. At that time, we used waste plastic bottles and made pen stands out if it or waste CDs were designed as wall hangings.
    However, as students grow, so does their creativity. Here is an example of how Indian students made the most out of the BEST OUT OF WASTE concept.

    They used rice husk, the residue left behind after rice grains have been separated for processing. It is light and also large in quantity. Four IIT(Indian Institute of Technology) students had an idea to use this residue for something new and eco-friendly. They came up with a method to transform the light yellow residue (husk) into a beautiful and sturdy furniture. This led to a significant reduction in deforestation. The method involves pouring adhesive and chemicals into the rice husk to convert it into a sheet. The rice husk is then used to make the body of ball pen, kitchenware, pitch-boards, etc.
    This is one of the rare eco-friendly innovations.

  • I think a reasonable idea for the end of climate change is banning petrol and diesel cars as release toxic fumes which indeed effect the climate around us. Also recycling bins should be produced in further places as people have to carry their rubbish to find a recycling bin

    1. I see your point, creative_tomato. In the U.S, we have a problem with cars and trucks releasing fumes in the highways and people throwing trash in the ocean (That makes up the Pacific Garbage Patch). We also have a problem with graffiti in our school bathrooms, and the toilets... I don't want to mention it. So, I agree with your idea for ending climate change. We have to inform people about this, and put Earth back the way it was before all this started.

    2. You have a really good point and a following up on your idea about banning petrol then maybe we should lower the price of electric cars.

    3. You made a good point about banning petrol and diesel cars, what could be the downside of only allowing electric cars in society?

  • Climate change is affecting the whole world and Bangladesh is no exception. Bangladesh has taken various projects to balance the environment. One of them is forestry which caught my attention. About 114 new forests of Bangladesh have been created through this project. Which will play an important role in protecting the balance of the environment and combating climate change in the future.The another project is "Adaptation Clinic". This project is working to make arable land cultivable in every season and maintain the production of agricultural products. Through this project, farmers are trained on climate tolerant seed and crop selection, weather forecasting, and crop production.
    Climate change is causing many problems in the world. We have to be aware of this problem now. Then in the future, a habitable world will be developed for people.

    1. Adaptation Clinic is a mind blowing project. Looking onto it, i perceived that this project has boosted your agricultural sector and has helped a lot of farmers. India too has such initiatives such as Green Revolution that took place in 1995 has improved the health of our agricultural sector a lot. Such programs increase the fertility and the life of land for sustainable development

  • India has long been an exemplar of the adage 'Change begins at home,' showcasing innovation from edible spoons to plastic roads. Yash Pakka Limited in India continues this tradition with its recent initiative in manufacturing compostable packaging solutions. In anticipation of the eagerly awaited inauguration of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Pakka Limited has formed a sustainable partnership with Ram Mandir Trust. The Trust seeks to set an example of Eco-friendly practices and inspire others in line with India's commitment to impactful innovations.

  • Climate Change is giving everyone around the world a very difficult time, United States included. U.S.A has taken a lot of measures to prevent climate change, like organizations. We've done a lot of damage on the ecosystem, and I wish more people would help. I want to share things that we could do to help our country and our world.

    -Get emission checks more often; people are releasing gases in the air, and some of that gas gets into our cars or trucks.

    -Stop vandalizing things; people are adding more graffiti on highways and in schools, especially mine.

    -Recycle more often; people throw stuff that can be recycled in the trash, like plastic bottles, and all of that is making the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean bigger.

    -Stop deforesting; people are destroying animal habitats.

    I really hope you all will take this into consideration, and let people know about this, so we can have a habitable planet again!

  • Supporting renewable energy is a crucial step in fighting climate change. By transitioning to clean and sustainable energy sources like solar and wind power. We can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, which are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in renewable energy technologies not only helps combat climate change but also creates new job opportunities and drive economic growth. It's important to advocates for policies and incentives that encourage the adoption of renewable energy to accelerate the transitions to a greener future. Together, let's embrace renewable energy and work towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly world.

  • In the united kingdom we can make changes like picking up litter and caring for the enviroment and keeping it clean.Its very important to participate and help the world we live as if we dont help it will slowly turn into a bad enviroment especially for animals as they wont be able to live in there uncared habitat.also we need to keep it clean for our needs such as food . Fruits grow on trees and if we dont take action now there wont be any to spare to get the vitamin we need for us and animals in the wild .Everybody needs to be involved to save our planet and to make it better,cleaner and safer enviroment for everyone.

  • It is wisely said that charity begins at home and to make a change, you must be the change.
    I am a strong believer of this. I think to make a change in society you must first start changing yourselves. There are multiple ways through which this can be accomplished; helping others, spreading awareness, taking small steps on your own that make you one step closer to achieving the greatest dream of humanity; a clean and green Earth with a beautiful environment and an eco system without pollutants.
    I know it works because I myself have seen this happen in my city. The municipality spread awareness amongst people through songs and garbage trucks, and today Indore is the cleanest city of India for 7th time in a row.
    We should be using paper bags instead of plastic and prevent others from using it as well, reuse non biodegradable wastes, not waste paper. These are small thing that we can do at our level to help save the Earth, and if everyone takes these steps, we would achieve our goal in no time.

  • Doing our part to tackle climate change involves using more clean energy like solar and wind power, supporting rules that help the environment, and making simple changes in our daily lives. We can cut down on waste, save energy at home, and choose products that are better for the Earth. It's also important to back projects that protect nature, like planting more trees and cleaning up our communities. By understanding the impact of climate change and spreading the word, we all contribute to creating a healthier future for our planet.

  • Many creative initiatives and projects are happening in the United States to protect the planet, but one that stands out is the "Trashpresso" project. This project is a mobile recycling unit that can convert plastic and textile waste into architectural tiles. The project was created by Miniwiz, a Taiwanese company, and was brought to the United States by Starbucks. The Trashpresso travels to different locations, collecting and recycling waste and turning it into durable and functional tiles that can be used for a variety of purposes. This innovative solution reduces waste and helps to create sustainable materials for building and construction. The project has been successful in raising awareness about the importance of recycling and reducing waste, and it continues to inspire others to find creative ways to protect the planet.

  • The proposed solution involves implanting chloroplasts into fungi to enhance their photosynthetic capacity and create a carbon capture system, mitigating climate change. This innovative approach leverages fungi's adaptability and ability to thrive in various environments, potentially providing a versatile and efficient means of carbon sequestration. Key components include the symbiotic relationships between chloroplast-equipped fungi and other organisms, contributing to interconnected ecosystems for maximum environmental benefits.

    However, the concept poses challenges, including ensuring biological compatibility, assessing ecological impacts, establishing ethical and regulatory frameworks, and investigating the long-term viability and sustainability of the chloroplast-fungi interactions. Addressing these considerations requires interdisciplinary research involving biologists, environmental scientists, and genetic engineers, along with collaboration with regulatory bodies and environmental organizations.

    In essence, the proposal holds promise in combating climate change by utilizing fungi as carbon sinks with enhanced photosynthetic capabilities. Detailed examination and responsible implementation are essential to navigate potential challenges and ethical concerns associated with this innovative solution.

  • Climate change and climate anxiety can impact people's lives in various ways. The tangible effects of climate change, such as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and disruptions to ecosystems, can directly affect communities, livelihoods, and well-being.

    On an emotional level, climate anxiety arises from concerns about the future, fear of environmental degradation, and feelings of helplessness. This anxiety can lead to stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Additionally, individuals may alter their lifestyle choices, such as adopting sustainable practices or advocating for environmental policies, in response to climate concerns.

    Overall, the interconnected nature of climate change and its societal implications underscores the importance of addressing both the environmental and mental health aspects to foster resilience and sustainable well_being

  • "Gree­n Arm" is an exciting project in Egypt. It turns city spaces, like­ rooftops, into green spots with vertical farming. The­ public gets involved through learning programs about sustainable­ living. The project uses re­cycling and art installations to talk about climate change. Local firms often te­am up with them, boosting their effe­ct. "Green Arm" has had a great community impact, causing othe­r places to start similar projects. Its key ide­as, like community involvement and use­ of art, could apply anywhere in the world, de­pending on what makes each are­a unique.

  • Protecting our planet starts with you as an individual .There are many things we can do as individuals and a society to protect our planet . I am majorly concerned about the little things which are overlooked which later on cause a great loop hole in the society . We could start by planting a tree. Trees provide food and oxygen. They help save energy, clean the air, and help combat climate change. There are many other ways we could protect our planet , but I will majorly advice us to start from the little things around us and grow big to the larger ones .

    1. I am in agreement with you @allowing_peach on what you said about we starting with little things such as planting of trees, because from little things that there are big differences, I would just like to suggest another little step we can take in tackling climate change is through the riding of bicycles and also walking, this is because nowadays everyone is using a car to go to places not far away, but cars emit about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide almost every year, this is a very terrible statistics, but if we cycle and take walks, we can reduce this. From research, CO2 that is emitted from cycling is only about 33grams every mile we travel, this is about 30 times less than the amount of CO2 emitted by cars. A very good example of a country that cycling is common in is the Netherlands, where many people us bicycles for both long and short distance trips, this has helped the country to reduce their carbon emissions, we the rest of the world can join the Netherlands in their cycling, which is a huge step in combatting climate change globally.
      THANK YOU.

    2. Thank you for your comment, can you explain what else people can do if they aren't able to plant trees in their area?

  • I am researching Superworms which possess a unique ability to eat polystyrene, a common plastic used in packaging, and break it down into biodegradable fragments. This discovery has the potential to revolutionize waste management practices and help combat the global plastic pollution crisis. Scientists are exploring ways to harness the superworms' plastic-eating abilities for waste management, highlighting the importance of biodiversity and biologically-based solutions to environmental challenges. I am also comparing it with Pestalotiopsis microspora is a fungus that can break down polyurethane, a common type of plastic. This discovery highlights the potential benefits of biologically-based solutions to plastic pollution and offers an exciting glimpse into the possibilities of using nature to help solve environmental challenges, i'm doing this for science fair.

  • Hello,
    In 2018, the UN intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report calling for ‘urgent and unprecedented changes’ to reduce 45% of carbon emissions by 2030; this gives us only 10 years to save the world. I believe this report set the tone of urgency that defined this moment. Individual actions such as tree planting and energy conservation are now complemented with; lesser meat consumption, a push for recycling and greener transportation options, and most significantly, through protests and strikes that feature young people as the front-liners. From Extinction Rebellion (or XR) to the School Strike for Climate Movement; young people in the West are demanding governments declare climate emergencies and set up green new deals to bring about systemic change.

    “Adults keep saying, we owe it to the young people to give them hope. But I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful, I want you to panic.”
    The panic of climate change has indeed come to stay but it is being felt by everyday people who are weighed down by the realities of environmental challenges in our world today. From the increasing floods, droughts, heatwaves and wildfires to the more complicated issues like social unrests, insecurity and economic losses which seem intangible.

  • I believe that we can change climate change for the better.This is because if we work together we can make the world a better place to live in.When we talk about sustainability we mean burning less fossil fuels by using solar panels instead of too much energy.As we know the filtration system takes a lot of work to complete but if we use dirty water to flush the toilet we dont waste a lot of time filtering it.This is why we believe we can change the way we live.

  • We believe we can positively impact climate change by using renewable energy. Renewable energy is energy which can be recycled, an example of this is hydro electricity which is made by many different waves crashing against something causing enough energy to power many costal cities for example the UK has many costal towns and cities which do in fact use renewable hydroelectricity.
    On the contrasting side, hydroelectricity is awfully expensive to set up and may cost more in the bigger picture for the small costal towns. After considering the opposing side of this point we, and hopefully you believe that renewable energy, more specifically hydroelectricity is the way forward for the future and greater impacts on climate change

  • Many organizations in our country are taking steps to protect the environment and are implementing some creative solutions. One such organization is the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI), which has created a machine that is placed on the Marina Beach in Chennai. This machine is used to reduce the use of plastics on the beach, and is capable of destroying 3 to 4 tons of plastic per day. Our school also supports this effort. Other organizations that are contributing to environmental conservation and sustainable development include ATREE (Ashok Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment), Delhi Greens, National Green Corps, Vanashakti, ECG, and many more.

  • As every living creature on this planet depends on nature for sustenance, environmental protection has become more important than even before. It is not simply about food, clothes or shelter anymore. It is much beyond that.we are depleting natural resources faster than nature can replenish them.
    TERI is an organization in India that represents the energy and resource institute established by Mr. Darbari Seth with the motto of creative innovative Solutions for a sustainable future.
    The mission of TERI is to guide the changes to a cleaner and sustainable future through the conservation and efficient use of energy and other resources.
    They focus mainly on promoting proper use of resources, increasing access and uptake of sustainable input, and reducing the effect on the environment and climate.

  • I believe that news should be spread about our global state, whether it is bad or good.

    Despite their never ending claims to change things, the British government is not doing enough to help the global state. Therefore, news being spread across the public informs people and inspires them to take action against the crisis for our generation rather than leaving it in the hands of the government .

    Eco-anxiety is overlooked too often. It should be taken seriously by especially older people that can help us deal with it .

  • Hi,environmental protection is good and everybody should try everything they could do to protect the earth. Try not to throw trash on the ground,try walking to places some time plus you get good exercise too,or planting new plants.The environment needs us like we need it if your gardener you hope it rains for your plants,if you photographer you hope it's nice sunny.We need the environment to our jobs and the environment needs us to take care of it of course we can feel anxious but we can't give up on the environment.Feel free to add any comments.

    1. Thank you for your comment, can you think of ways we can help the environment?

  • India my country is never the less in addressing climate issues or any global issue that the world is facing, the "Solar Mamas" program by the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, stands out as an excellent initiative addressing both environmental and social challenges. This program focuses on empowering women from rural areas, often with limited literacy, by transforming them into skilled solar engineers. Through hands-on training, these women, known as "Solar Mamas," acquire expertise in assembling, installing, and maintaining solar-powered equipment, including lamps and cookers.
    This innovative approach not only tackles energy poverty in rural communities but also significantly contributes to environmental sustainability. By promoting clean energy solutions, the Solar Mamas program actively addresses environmental issues associated with traditional energy sources. Beyond its environmental impact, the initiative also serves as a positive catalyst for economic empowerment among the women of rural areas, fostering community development and working on addressing environmental issues.
    Overall, I feel, The Solar Mama program is a clever approach that uses sustainable technology to tackle environmental issues and by focusing on clean energy. It provides a model that can be copied to address global challenges at the crossroads of environmental and social sustainability.

  • Hello everyone!
    In my class we talked about climate change and some people polluted oceans also on the ground. Pollution is everywhere on earth and it's changing the climate, and harming plants, and animals even humans so I think we should stop. Polluting our environment because it's emitting gas and radiation.

    1. Thank you for your comment, can you explain one of the main causes of pollution and ways we can stop polluting the environment?