This is part of a regular series on Planet Change called “Your Climate Stories,” where we share reader stories about changes that they’re seeing and actions that they’re taking in their daily lives to help reduce carbon pollution and respond to the impacts of our changing planet.
Name: Ryan Cope
Location: Burlington, VT, USA
When I first became aware of what “carbon emissions” were, I thought, “Well, that means that as long as I limit how much and how far I drive, I’ll be doing my part to save the climate.”
It turns out I was way off on that one. The more and more I learned about our globalized economy and “how the world works,” the more I realized that pretty much everything we do creates carbon emissions … even breathing. OK, let’s not get carried away here. This is a story of how I choose to reduce my carbon emissions and it’s certainly not by breathing less, because I like to talk … a lot.
So, what have I done? What works best? For me, it was the decision to start biking and walking to work. My car actually died from lack of use, I drove so little. But besides the car, I also cut meat almost entirely out of my diet and now eat it very rarely. I choose to run outside instead of a gym (something about running in place for an hour is totally unappealing) and I have eliminated single-use plastics from every aspect of my life.
But perhaps the best thing I’ve done to reduce my carbon emissions comes not from what I’ve done or what habits I’ve changed. It’s getting my roommates, friends, family, and coworkers on-board with these ideas, getting them to see and realize their habits in connection with climate change and carbon emissions. Then they, in turn, tell all of their friends and the message gets passed on. One small drop ripples out and its effects can be felt for miles!
Ryan Cope is a fanatic about reducing unnecessary plastic waste from her life (as well as her friends lives!) and chronicles her adventures on the blog 7 In the Ocean.
Photo courtesy of Ryan Cope.
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