Where to begin?
The majority of climate scientists agree that humans are causing climate change through increased emissions of carbon dioxide. Texas is a very large state, and while it may seem hard to manage, being aware of and taking action against pollution and climate change is a necessary task.
We all know how brutal the summers are here, but temperatures are only going to increase. Research shows the number of 100-degree days has more than doubled over the past 40 years and could nearly double again by 2036. Because of this, Texans should expect more wildfires and urban flooding, and increased impact from hurricanes in the coming decades.
Plastic waste is notably one of the largest issues we face as a species. Billions of tons of plastic have been made over the past decades, and much of it is becoming trash and litter. Texas is not free of blame in this sense. The three cities with the highest amount of pollution are Amarillo, Waco and Laredo. These cities combined total up to over 1.5 million pounds of waste.
With ever polarizing weather conditions, extreme rainfall has become more frequent. As a result, there will be a significant increase in urban flooding. The state has gotten drier as well, that increased dryness will increase risk of wildfires. Some good news however, os the fact that river flooding is not expected to worsen since increased temperatures will lead to more absorbent soil.
With all of these issues facing our state, it may seem like a looming cloud of despair is heading our way. There is still hope, but only if Texans join together and take action now.
There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint, including scaling back car use. Try cycling, carpooling, walking or using public transportation. You can even shop online to reduce the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere.
We can also reduce food and product waste by planning ahead what to buy at the store and keeping track of what you throw away. Donate to food kitchens, take home leftovers and buy things with minimal to no packaging. Shopping at your local farmers market or picking up gardening would be extremely beneficial to mother earth.
It might not seem like you’re doing much, but over time, all these changes add up to a really positive impact on the environment. No effort is too little, so pick up a new habit and help our state, and our planet thrive.