The Australian Government’s carbon price has been announced on 10 July 2010. The aim is to encourage polluters to reduce their emission of greenhouse gas. This issue has raised heated debates across the country because of perceived negative impacts of carbon price on economy, families, and business. However, the government’s announcement indicates that Climate Change is an urgent issue and we should take action to protect the environment, regardless of the carbon price.
The best way to fight Climate Change is to reduce carbon pollution which produces greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. As Cleangreen states, “The most important aspect of fighting Global Warming is decreasing the amount of dangerous greenhouse gas emissions that are sent into the atmosphere as a result of, among other things, the burning of fossil fuels”. It is not only the industries that leave the carbon footprint but our everyday activities release greenhouse gases too. For instance, we heat up our houses by burning natural gas, which directly produces CO2 and discharges it into the atmosphere and; we turn on lights or other electrical appliances, which are likely supported by the energy powered by burning of fossil fuels (Environ Business).However, there is something we can do ourselves to reduce pollution while fulfilling our energy needs.
WWF and Cleangreen suggest some quick and easy ways to fight Climate Change and save money at the same time: 1. Turn off unused electric appliances; 2. Use fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent one if possible; 3. Use electric appliances in an efficient way by selecting energy-saving settings, using washing machine and dishwasher with a full load, and letting food cool down before putting in fridge or freezer; 4. Purchase energy-efficient consumer products which consume half the energy of a standard model; 5. Use aerators in bathroom and kitchen water faucets to reduce the use of hot water and the energy to heat that water.
It is not only the government’s job to establish policies and plans to battle Climate Change but it is also our responsibility to protect the environment by doing things that count in our daily activities. This will benefit us all now and our next generations.
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