What you as an individual can do
- Renewable Energy: Focus on the use of renewable energy, for instance when it comes to heating or driving. It will make you more independent and it will save you money in the long run. And it will keep your conscience clean.
- Electric Car: Get or share an electric car (if you need a car) to help reduce local air pollution, to lower your mobility costs and your personal CO2 emmissions. You'll also have something completely new to try and you'll stay interestingly innovative this way.
- Sustainable Energy Mix: When deciding on your energy mix, don't just have short-term savings and costs in mind. Also think of potential long-term damages caused by your energy sources such as environmental, health or disposal costs, like through carbon emissions, particulate matter, nuclear radiation or nuclear waste. On the other hand side, the switch to clean energy sources or your own renewable energy production might mean higher investment costs in the beginning, but much lower direct and indirect costs in the medium or long run.
- Positive Tipping Points: Consider the chance of positive tipping points and timely invest in positive and unavoidable changes (like towards renewable energy and zero-emission vehicles). Even if they mean additional costs in the short run, they can save you a lot of money in the short, medium or long run, besides preparing yourself and your surrounding for a better future.