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Six Lifestyle Shifts to Make to Help Reduce Climate Change

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Climate change has been around for quite some time. And people are now seeking a way to reduce emissions that cause it. According to research from three prominent institutions, people residing in wealthy countries can help stop climate breakdown. They can do six simple and easy lifestyle changes. 

The research discovered that committing to six specific practices. From flying less than once every three years to just purchasing three new clothing items a year. This could affect the runaway consumption that is partly causing the climate crisis. 

Conducted by Leeds University academics and analyzed by global engineering firm Arup experts and the C40 group of world cities professionals, the study discovered that doing the six practices could ease a quarter of the emissions needed to keep the global heating down 1.5C. 

New Climate Change Initiative

It was issued on Monday together with the debut of a new climate initiative to convince and support fortunate individuals to make “The Jump” and sign up for the six pledges. 

“This ends once and for all the debate about whether citizens can have a role in protecting our earth. We don’t have time to wait for one group to act; we need ‘all action from all actors now,’” said co-founder of the campaign Tom Bailey. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published last week its “bleakest warning yet,” stating the climate crisis was intensifying quickly with just a slight chance left of preventing its worst results. 

Bailey added, “The research is clear that governments and the private sector have the largest role to play but it is also equally from our analysis that individuals and communities can make a huge difference.” 

The Jump initiative urges individuals to sign up to do the following six “changes” for one, three or six months: 

Eat a largely plant-based diet, with healthy portions and no waste.

Buy no more than three new items of clothing per year. 

Keep electrical products for at least seven years.

Take no more than one short-haul flight every three years and one long haul flight every eight years. 

Get rid of personal motor vehicles if you can—and if not keep hold of your existing vehicle for longer.

 Make at least one life shift to nudge the system, like moving to green energy, insulating your home, or changing pension supplier.

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