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10 Ways Teens Can Help Prevent Climate Change

Updated: 6 days ago

H. Younger

11.26.2020


(THE DAVINCI-CHARLOTTESVILLE) - A lot of young people are passionate about protecting our planet, but have some difficulty figuring out how to help. As teens are not often large income sources for households, we tend to be excluded from major decisions about cars, appliances, and home renovations. However, there are still ways young adults can contribute to the fight against global warming. Here are ten things you can do right now to start shrinking your carbon footprint.


  • It’s okay to say NO: Feel free to turn down offers to purchase plastic water bottles and utensils, and be cautious about what you buy with your own money.

  • Reuse school supplies: Don’t throw out binders, notebooks, and pencils after every school year - reuse them from year to year, or recycle/donate.

  • Maintain good recycling and composting habits: Only 35% of U.S. citizens recycle - do you? Work with your family members to find your local center and start recycling what you can (McIntire Recycling Center) A composter is great for gardeners, and can be made right in your backyard.

  • Carry a reusable water bottle

  • Save water: Don’t let the water run aimlessly while brushing teeth, washing hands, and showering.

  • Use public transport: If it’s available near your house, use public transport as often as you can (safely).

  • Donate or upcycle old clothes: Give your old clothes to your local thrift store or Goodwill, or fashion them into something new.

  • Get involved in local/national movements, groups, and petitions: For a simple and quick way to get involved, go to rootsandshoots.org and take the quiz.

  • Unplug and turn off devices when not in use: Though it seems harmless, leaving on devices can significantly increase your electrical usage.

  • Use social media to encourage climate awareness

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