nice summary list.
But I have a bugaboo. This thread is about climate, and climate is mostly about CO2, less about CH4 and a little about HCFCs. And not about drinking straws or microplastics or oil/NOx from @Ashful
's beloved string trimmer.
It IS about how individual action (such as we around here have been taking for YEARS) does add up, and rub off on our neighbors/family, and is part of the Green Vortex curve that will ultimately abate climate change (or which is currently the best shot to do so).
The recent IRA bill in the US is NOT going to build a bunch of CO2 scrubbers for the atmosphere... its going to accelerate what we are all doing, speeding up the Green Vortex.
My bugaboo is that the popular media encourages us all to do 'little things' that will 'add up to a lot'. And I think that is often counterproductive. Recycling as it is done in the US probably doesn't save communities money, and probably doesn't benefit the climate. If it does, the effect is miniscule. It may be a good idea for other reasons... but not the climate. Journalists tell people to put masking tape over the cracks in their windows in winter (or to caulk the window shut), promising possibly huge energy savings, and don't tell people there is probably a 3-10 sq ft air leak in their attic framing that can be fixed for <$100.
I went to a lecture by Jane Goodall 20 years ago, in a lovely outdoor garden in Pasadena CA. And she gave a stirring speech about the natural world and how climate change was bad. To a bunch of tech-savvy, high income, high consumption people. And afterwards, people had one question for Jane 'What can we DO to avert climate change?'. And Jane was unprepared for the question. Her answer was 'Um, if you aren't recycling, start. IF you are recycling, keep doing it.' Opportunity blown! FACEPALM.
If you care about the climate, (if you have 263 posts you probably do, or are very bored) then you should just sit down and compute your CARBON FOOTPRINT. There are many sites that do this, with ACTUAL MATH. Here's one:
Use the World’s most popular online carbon footprint calculator, and it's FREE. Calculate your carbon emissions from Buildings, Cars, Flights and other sources.
Your carbon footprint is mostly:
1) Your residential energy use. Not just kWh electricity (which might greener than you think), but all that invisible fossil fuel going up the stack to keep you warm.
2) Your ride. Its easy. How many miles? And at what mpg? Equals gallons. 20lbs CO2 per gallon.
3) Your diet. Beef and dairy are very heavy CO2/CH4 emitters. Fish and eggs are the lowest animal protein sources. Plant based foods are all a lot lower.
4) Your vacation. Flying emits less carbon per mile than driving a Prius with one person in it. Close to 100 mpg equivalent per person. Like two people in a Prius. So the issue is How Many Miles? Do you need to vacation 2000 miles from home, or can you find a nice beach/cabin 200 miles from home? Can you take a train longer distances?
5) Your work travel. See #4.
6) Stuff. Buy less stuff.
Everything else is crumbs. After you compute your carbon footprint, and see the breakdown... then decide what you can do.
And I will also say that I am very unconvinced about the importance of eating locally re climate impacts:
Could knowing where your food comes from help you shop more sustainably? Here, we explain the concept of food miles and the journey food takes from origin to your plate.
Should I eat a tomato in the winter that rode a train from Florida, or grown in a heated greenhouse in New Jersey? The NJ one might taste better, but the Florida one will have lower total emissions.