The Most Effective Ways that Governments Can Help Combat Climate Change

By Swindon Link - 18 December 2021

Opinion and Features

Following the recent COP 26, the realization of how important it is that we take a stand against climate change really began to hit home. Political leaders from around the world gathered in order to set targets in an effort to reduce the overall amount of fossil fuels that are released into the Earth's atmosphere. Of course, there are changes that we can make in our everyday lives to help, but for any kind of monumental impact, it is going to have to be the actions of governments that come into play. The issue you have here is the fact that not every government will necessarily play along with different climate initiatives.

Why Wouldn't Governments Go Along with Climate Change Measures?

 

The fact of the matter is it all boils down to politics. Some people do not believe in climate change or do not believe it to be much of a concern and, as such, don't want a government that prioritizes it. When they see a government that does not prioritize climate change, they will be much more likely to vote for them, and political candidates try to capitalize on that. If you check political betting news, you will be able to get a better idea as to what political parties prioritize combating global warming and what that does for their campaigns. Of course, there are a lot of governments who are happy to support changes that will prevent climate change, but what form do these take?

 

They Need to Protect Key Ecosystems and Restore Damaged Ones

 

Our overall respect for nature will be a fundamental part of any combatting of climate change. As such, all of our key ecosystems that have been affected by global warming are going to need to be restored, and those that are still unaffected will need to be kept that way. These ecosystems include the likes of rivers, wetlands, forests, mangroves, and oceans. It is important that we keep them intact because of the fact that they are crucial when it comes to absorbing large amounts of carbon that we give off. As such, by maintaining such ecosystems, we are contributing towards lowering the world's carbon footprint.

 

Promote Greener Energy

 

A large number of carbon emissions that are given off all over the world are the result of people using different forms of technology. Scientists everywhere, seeing the need for steps to be taken to reduce the effect of climate change, are developing much greener methods of consumption. Some of these are already in circulation and are incredibly popular, such as solar and wind power, plus the widespread rollout of electric cars. On the other hand, a lot of technology is still currently under development, and this includes the likes of solar glass, AI that will assist with agriculture, and fake meat (given how much of a massive impact farming has on the Earth's carbon footprint). The technology created by scientists needs to be used on a much more common basis, and that which is still in development should be funded in order to thrive all the more quicker.

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