The devastation of Australia's unprecedented 2019 fire season brought the urgent threat of climate change into grim focus for many of us. The events of 2020 somewhat eclipsed what was one of the worst natural disasters in Australian history, but in 2021 alone, floodings, wildfires and extreme weather events have caused widespread devastation in many other countries around the world.
But if all of these worrying signs weren't enough to convince you, a report released by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on August 9 has declared in no uncertain terms that humanity is staring down the barrel of an existential threat that may already be impossible to reverse.
And that's a lot to wrap your head around. Faced with an issue of such daunting proportions, it's all too easy to feel powerless, but don't sell yourself short – you can make difference. Small lifestyle changes can have a big effect, especially when our communities embrace them en masse. By following these ten simple tips, you can make your everyday life a whole lot greener and do your part, bit by bit, to combat the climate crisis.
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