Wildlife & Environment Mashonaland Branch

What’s a Zimbabwean to do about Climate Change?

Garret Hardin said, “Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all…”wwf_EH_Sky Scrapper120x600_ccc

We are living in a society where we are mindlessly using resources without considering what our future generations will have. The “Green Debate” has become a global one with countries all over the world working hard to green up their act.

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a WWF initiative. It’s main purpose is to raise awareness about climate change and the environment. Since then over 7,000 cities around the world have joined in to participate in this one hour event.

Zimbabwe is not exactly at the forerunner in the campaign for sustainability, but it very well could be. Being one of the countries in the Global South that suffers severely from climate change factors like drought, Zimbabwe should be more aware of what climate change is and its affects.

Climate change factors are all man-induced and can be drastically reduced if people are educated about be using resources more wisely. While turning off the lights for one hour won’t do much in the overall reduction of carbon emissions the event is a key proponent in the much larger movement.

Now you might be sitting there thinking “I sit in the dark for an hour everyday anyway.” Powercuts? We know. What you may not realise however, is that a powercut is a direct result of the lack of sustainable resource use. As the Zimbabwean people we could invariably propel this region forward into a more sustainable future!

What are some of the ways you can support the Earth Hour campaign?

1. Turn off the lights!

You’re not only saving on your electric bill but you are also doing your part to lessen climate change effects. Change incandescent lights to LED ones. You can purchase LED lights at your nearest store.

2. Consider investing in solar panels.

It may be expensive to use them to power your whole house so at least for your geyser or some plugs in the house. The sun is a renewable resource and won’t run out like coal/fossil fuels. The initial cost is high but you eventually begin to save almost $100 on your regular electric bill.

Read more here.

3. Eat locally-produced food.

Not only are you eating seasonally (avoiding off-season GMOs) eating locally is also delicious and nutritious!  You can be sure that purchasing locally produced food was produced sustainably. Less eater used for washing, less fuel used for transportation.

Read more here.

4. Meatless Mondays!

“The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide… far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.”

Not only is going meatless good for your health. But you’ll also contribute to lessening the impact that the meat industry has on climate change.

Read more here.

5. Lessen water usage

This should go without saying. Water conservation should be a way of life, not something we consider doing every once in a while. There is less than 1% of freshwater in the world (resource). This means that water availability is severely lacking in the world. If we look at our own country, our water water sources are from the wetlands which are threatened everyday due to mismanagement and destruction. Water is life. Conserve it.

Read more here.

6. Reuse and recycle

Waste management is a major issue in the city of Harare. Lack of service delivery from the city council has forced people to dump their waste in open areas which is a major eye sore and contributes to unhealthy air pollution. Those who cannot stand the waste usually take to burning it which causes even more carbon emissions; a direct contributor to climate change.

Find our more from here about how Harare is recycling material.

If we take these simple steps, we can contribute to a much larger and urgent problem.



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This entry was posted on March 25, 2015 by in Awareness, sustainability, zimbabwe and tagged , , .
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