10 ways to combat climate change as a community

Tuesday April 9, 2024

We’re already seeing the effects of climate change, and it may seem as though one person’s efforts are insignificant compared to record-breaking temperatures, wildfires, and rising sea levels. Luckily, you’re not alone. The bullfrogpowered community is made up of 10,000+ households and 1,500+ businesses who care deeply about our planet and are taking action to protect it.

When we act as a community, small changes can have big impacts. Share this article with your friends, family, and colleagues, and pick a few actions to take together.

Eat from the Earth, for the Earth

We’ve all heard that eating less meat and more local, seasonal foods is an effective way to combat climate change, but it can be hard to change our habits. Draw motivation from your friends and family by starting a vegetarian supper club, creating a group chat for recipe swapping, or joining a community garden.

Stand with Indigenous climate stewards

Indigenous Peoples steward only 22% of Earth’s land, but they protect 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. Indigenous land and water defenders are on the front lines of the climate movement, and you can support them by donating, volunteering when requested, and speaking out against environmental racism.

Choose renewable energy, and use it wisely

If you’re a bullfrogpowered customer, you’re already addressing your energy-related footprint and encouraging new renewable energy development. For even more positive impact, get your household involved in energy conservation steps like hanging clothes out to dry or unplugging appliances that aren’t in use.

Green your transportation

Transport accounts for 22% of Canada’s emissions – almost as much as oil and gas. Next time you plan a trip with family or friends, suggest a local destination that you can bus, train, or carpool to instead of flying. If you do fly, offset your emissions at less.ca, our sister company.

Support ethical business practices

The money in your wallet can be a powerful vote for sustainable and ethical business practices. Check the Bullfrog Power Green Index or the B Corp directory to find brands that share your values and are making a positive impact. Share your finds with friends, and give ethical gifts for birthdays and holidays.

Prioritize experiences over consumption

Research shows that experiences make us happier than material things. You can live better and fight overconsumption by planning activities with your loved ones instead of buying carbon-intensive goods. Try spending time in nature, learning a new skill, or upcycling something that would otherwise go to waste.

Help nature do its thing

Nature-based solutions are excellent ways to store carbon and preserve biodiversity. Get your family together to introduce native, pollinator-friendly plants to your yard. No lawn? Check your local parks for opportunities to volunteer by planting trees, clearing invasive species, or picking up litter.

Vote for a sustainable future

Our political representatives have a huge impact on climate at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Research your candidates’ climate plans and share your findings with your network. When it’s time to vote, go together – particularly for elections with low voter turnout!

Green your investments

Your money might be supporting oil and gas, even if you don’t. Meet with your financial advisor to find investment opportunities that support renewable energy, cleantech, and sustainable business practices. You can also mobilize members of your workplace, pension fund, or university to influence greener investing at those institutions.

Have a climate conversation

Often, your loved ones trust your opinion more than they trust experts. Talking about the climate can be challenging, but it’s also an effective way to get more people involved in the climate movement.