How One Person Can Affect Climate Change on a Mass Scale
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Experts predicted up to a record number of private jets in and out of airfields serving Swiss ski resort for the? World Economic Forum for a climate conference this month. This was after the World Economic Forum’s global risk report--released ahead of this week’s meeting--identified environmental challenges. Failure to mitigate climate change was at the top of the list of dangers facing the world economy. Unfortunately, many of the leaders obviously were not listening. As a reminder, energy is currently the largest contributor to GHG emissions. Obviously we cannot wait for governments and companies to make proper policies to make a dent in climate change. Given the recent climate talks, we can’t wait for orgs like the UN to come up with solutions either. We as individuals have to start recognizing our own power in reducing carbon emissions and create a multiplier effect from our actions. One individual can have a butterfly effect in a neighborhood or community and by multiplying these choices and human behaviors on a larger scale, one person can help mitigate climate change. For example, an individual can reduce their environmental impact by switching to solar and electric vehicles and make a huge dent in emissions reduction. It really starts with the individual, as you can see here:
Switching to EVs and solar is not only good for the environment, but it also saves the individual money, makes them less vulnerable during natural disasters, and contributes to better health for themselves as well as their community. It’s more impactful than recycling or eating a plant-based diet. Not only this, but because of the positive benefits of switching to EVs and solar, they make a huge impact in their community and influence others to do the same, causing a multiplier effect which can cause huge emissions reductions as whole communities change their emission-heavy habits.
Solar is one of the easiest switches to make and is most impactful on cutting emissions. You get a return on your investment, it has a positive effect on air pollution and health, and there are often subsidies and incentives when transitioning to solar. Not only do solar panels reduce global warming, they also reduce urban heat islands, which can increase natural disasters and worsen climate change. Given the current national state of our government ,and lack of leadership globally as well, we cannot wait for international, national, or even state governments or organizations to act seriously on climate. Given the recent IPP report, we have no time to waste. It starts with us as individuals, and with our consumer and energy choices, we can affect our communities, which can make a huge climate impact nationally.
Thomas Enzendorfer has worked in the Solar Industry for over 10 years. He currently serves as CEO of American Home Energy—a California based pure-play white label EPC for the Solar industry--and personally mentors other solar-related companies. Prior to AHE, Thomas served as President of Soligent and was a member of the Management Board for Fronius USA. Consult with Thomas here…