I Asked My Instagram Followers How They're Fighting Against Climate Change
Start writing a post

I Asked My Instagram Followers How They're Fighting Against Climate Change

The feedback I got should motivate you to make changes too.

20
I Asked My Instagram Followers How They're Fighting Against Climate Change

It's always nice to know where your peers stand on issues important to you. I posted four questions on my Instagram story for my followers to respond to - and the feedback I got blew me away.

Q1: Which environmental action have you taken that you're the most proud of?

In reading the responses to this question, I was thrilled to see just how many people are making efforts in their day-to-day lives to think and act more environmentally consciously. Actions big or small are equally important in our fight against the climate crisis.

Some of my favorite responses to this question include:

"I'm most proud of choosing Environmental Policy as my future career path!"

"I'm working on cutting plastic out of my life completely."

"Truly trying to reduce waste, plastic use, buying unnecessary things, etc."

"Reducing my waste, being conscious of what I'm disposing of."

"Influencing my family to recycle more because that'll last a lifetime and is more than just me."

"Cutting use of all transportation, almost all plastics, and encouraging others."

"General lifestyle changes in diet, energy consumption, product consumption."

"Making a shift towards buying everything secondhand unless I absolutely need it brand new!"

"A low waste life."

"Vegan and almost zero waste now."

"Going vegetarian/vegan."

"Cutting down on meat/dairy."

"Glass water bottle...used to use a lot of plastic."

"I've gone as paperless as possible this year for school."

"My city eliminated plastic bags...at this point, bringing my own bags has become such a habit, or asking for no bags and carrying out what I have. Also, using a reusable water bottle is super easy but reduces the plastic I use."

"Made my own products for my horse instead of repeatedly buying plastic."

"Picking up trash on hiking trails (gotta start small)."

"Cleaning beaches."

"Reusable bags, straws, and thrift shopping!"

"Turning lights off in a room I'm not in and unplugging items I'm not using."

Q2: Is there a "green" habit you don't have time to start practicing?

The number one response to this question: composting. Another common theme: time. I've found that we live in a society that prioritizes convenience over all else, and when it comes down to it, landfills and plastic-wrapped products are the easiest and cheapest methods available to us. I believe that we must all make our goals (even the smallest ones) priorities, and with dedication, we can see them through.

Peer responses included:

"I can't compost in my building and I haven't looked for resources."

"Composting! I really want to do it!"

"Composting at school."

"I want to start composting at my mom's house but the bin we have attracts rats and raccoons."

"Vegetarian/vegan diet is too big of a change with all the other commitments that I have!"

"Buying bulk (less plastic/packaging) to home-cook all my own meals."

"I can't really go out and do as many beach cleanups and things as I'd like to."

"Finding a proper way to re-use all my supposedly disposable plastic goods."

"I need to make time to work towards becoming completely zero waste."

"I feel like living zero waste is super extreme and hard as a college student who doesn't have a lot of time/money to seek out products and methods to do that. I respect people that do it though."

"We make time for things important to us!!"

Q3: Climate change is erasing our future. Are you willing to take action against it?

In all the responses to this question, I didn't receive any "no's". In fact, every single response was positive, with answers ranging from "yes!" to the following:

"Absolutely."

"Hell yeah."

"Hell yeaaaaaa."

"Yes, every chance I get I try to be aware of how I'm impacting our future in a positive manner."

"Sure! When people tell me about little changes I can make in my life to help I'm totally down for it."

"Yes, I don't drive a car or consume beef and would support a carbon tax."

Q4: Do you have any questions or concerns about what you can do?

In looking at the number of responses for each question, this one had the least by far. I interpreted that statistic as a good sign - many people seem to be proud of what they're doing and aware of what still needs to be done in the future. We can always ask questions, learn something new, and work together, and I believe those things are the biggest priorities of all.

"I wish I could do more."

"Always, and I'm always willing to receive advice on how to be better."

"I'm concerned that big corporations don't care about their environmental impact."

"Where can I go to start researching how to start the zero waste life?"

"How can we show profit-based institutions that going green is BETTER for business?"

To answer these final two questions, let me direct the reader right back to their own community. From activist groups to city councils, resources are abundant when you reach out and ask questions. Contributing your knowledge can be educational for everyone involved, and brainstorming ideas can lead to real solutions. And, with the help of social media and the Internet, it's easier than ever to find people with similar interests and concerns and to learn from them.

So, don't lose track of what's important. Do what you can, share your knowledge, and remember that there is no action too small.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

Where To Find The Best Coffee Drinks In America, According To A Survey

Here's the coffee shop where you should get your morning brew.

221226

Coffee, for billions of people, is one of the only things that can get us out of bed (after hitting snooze a time or two), especially in 2020. Because, if we're being honest, is there anything that beats a quality cup of coffee on those mornings when all we wanted to do is roll over and go back to sleep? The answer is no. And if you're headed to a coffee shop to pick up your caffeinated beverage, you don't want to sleep on the best coffee drinks in America.

According to LiveShopper Sassie's Coffee Project survey, when it comes to chain coffee shops, there are definitely preferred spots you'll want to hit up for your go-to order — whether you order the classic, frozen, or flavored coffee, an espresso, tea, or other. To figure out the hot spots, 1,000 coffee drinkers across the United States took to LiveShopper's mobile app, PrestoShopper, to answer various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

The Best Bagel Recipes For Every Personality Type, In Case You Need Another Excuse To Eat Carbs

I'll approve of pasta for breakfast any day, but this is more socially acceptable.

1052
NBC

I've had times in my life at which I've told myself I need to cut out carbs. Those moments last about a minute or two before I start daydreaming about rice and pasta.

Bagels hold a special place in my heart — for many of my college friends and me, a bagel sandwich was the go-to breakfast after a long night of drinking. Years later, I still love to indulge in the occasional carb-filled breakfast. As much as I love putting in an UberEats order from bed, nothing beats the feeling of pulling some fresh-baked bread or pastries out of the oven.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Survey: Which Issues Are The Most Important To You In The 2020 Election

If you're a first-time voter or voting by mail for the first time, we want to hear your story.

78914

The general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, will decide not only the next president of the United States but also which political party controls the House of Representatives and the Senate. Young and first-time voters will play a crucial part in determining the result.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tips

Articles To Write If You're All About Saving More Money, And Waking Up A Little Bit Earlier

Get your day started right — and keep that budget tight.

216307

For all the young professionals, parents, and students out there who've been working, learning, or even teaching remote — 2020 has likely been the longest year of your life. If you didn't know (sorry), we've been locked down for over 200 days now, and chances are, you are ready for it to be OVER.

Keep Reading... Show less

Scrolling through Instagram can get stale after a while, especially if you're constantly refreshing in the hopes of finding something new and exciting. Should you be looking to add some inspiration to your timeline in the form of self-love tips, relationship advice, or love secrets, here are 11 relationship coaches you'll LOVE following.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

How Much Of A Coffee Snob You Are, Based On Where You Live

Your state may determine how picky you are about your coffee.

130006

When it comes to coffee, everyone has different criteria for what goes into their "perfect cup." Some caffeine lovers, though, are extra particular when it comes to their beloved beverage. One survey found that the state you're from (or the one you live in now) may play a part in determining how much of a coffee snob you actually are.

LiveShopper Sassie, the company behind this Coffee Project survey, received input from 1,000 coffee drinkers via their mobile app, PrestoShopper, to ask various questions about their coffee drinking habits and preferences. In return, these survey respondents got money back for their coffee — something any user who downloads the app can do as well (yes, even you).

Keep Reading... Show less

If you are a college freshman, or new to college, this is for you. If you are in a new time in life where you don't know where this change is going to take you, where you might not have your community yet, this is for you. Or even if you are stuck in a rut of everyday life where the new normal is quarantine and isolation, this is also for you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

As Illinois Reaches Its Highest Death Toll Since June, I Urge You To Stay Home And Wear Your Mask

69 COVID-19 deaths were recorded in a twenty-four-hour period, the highest amount since June of this year.

212
Photo by Noah on Unsplash

As we are approaching colder weather, we are also approaching a spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Illinois. On October 21, 2020, Illinois recorded its largest daily COVID-19 death toll since June of this year. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 69 deaths of people who contracted COVID-19 were recorded within a twenty-four-hour period, raising the state's death toll to 9,345 since the start of the pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

When "Mean Girls" said "In girl world, Halloween is the one time of the year where you can dress up like a total slut and no one can do or say anything about it," they were damn right. Halloween is the perfect excuse to buy that raunchy costume and show your partner that you're that B. Coming from a very single (yes, very single) 20 something-year-old, I have already got my Halloween costume on lock, and now you will too.

Not only are these 10 Halloween costumes dangerously sexy, but you can wear them in the bedroom whenever you want to give your boo a surprise, yes, year-round. Whoever said you can only dress up on Halloween is seriously disturbed.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ariana Grande released her first single called "positions" since "boyfriend" with Social House and it is a BANGER. This song is absolutely incredible and I am SURE you will agree with me once you listen.

I'm a sucker for a single with a video and that's exactly what we got. Ariana's been pretty quiet during the pandemic, and we all assumed she was working on some new music, and we were right.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Rejection Of Black Lives Matter Mural By Phoenix City Council Doesn’t Stop Gizette Knight

The Phoenix City Council rejected a proposal for a Black Lives Matter Mural in downtown Phoenix. But Gizette Knight says this is not the end.

266
Photo by Josh Olalde on Unsplash

Community organizer Gizette Knight, CEO of Reality Dreams LLC, is not giving up on the Phoenix City Council's rejection of the Black Lives Matter mural.

Keep Reading... Show less

For me, chai isn't just what I drink — it's a core part of who I am. Sure, I'll switch it up every now and then with a cup of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, rose, or Darjeeling, but I always come back to chai.

Nearly every tea lover has one tea they repeatedly drink and go back to, whether it's a daily morning ritual or an afternoon pick-me-up. One of my good friends has almost eight cups of jasmine tea every single day — she drinks more tea than water, actually.

Keep Reading... Show less

In a world where physical contact is a liability, the ease of slipping into despair and isolation has never been so tempting. Perhaps the greatest kindness we can lend to one another is reaching out to the people that meant something to us before everything changed. Here's why you should message your friend today.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments