29/10/2015 07:26 GMT | Updated 26/10/2016 06:12 BST

Tips for Students to Counteract Climate Change

Things don't always have to go in the bin after one use, or even after you think you're done with it. Be creative, and give things a second life. Donate used clothes, mobile phones and chargers to your local charity...

According to Obama 'No challenge  poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change'

NASA this year released data showing how temperature, and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100, because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere.

The evidence is apparently clear, and according to some UN climate change experts, we are running out of time to save our planet. Despite this warning, some scientists dispute the evidence for 'Global warming'.

As stated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide caused a 34 per cent increase in the global warming in the last 10 years.

The future generation of students have a pivotal role to play in helping to counteract adverse 'climate change' at schools, colleges or universities. Young people are a key demographic to ensure the protection of the planet. Here are some tips for students to help counteract 'Climate Change.'

Join a Climate Change Society in your University

If you don't have a society in your university, then get started. Contact the leader of your college, or university societies, and they will give you all the information you need.

Organise Educational Lectures

Research Climate Change guru's, and invite them to hold a lectures or Skype conference in your university. This is a great way of informing your peers of the urgent need of counteracting Global warming.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

One of the core ideas behind environmental responsibility is the "3 R's." By practicing reduce, reuse and recycle you conserve natural resources, and prevent pollution that ends up contaminating our air, water, soil, and eventually our bodies.

Buy and use less materials. Print and copy on two sides, or download lecture notes on your computer.

Remove your name from junk mail lists. Arrange announcements and newsletters to be electronic, for those who have access. Purchase items in bulk to reduce packaging.

Reduce Water Consumption

Take showers, instead of baths. Use a reusable water bottle instead of bottled water, although be aware that a reusable bottle gathers germs quickly.

Fully load your laundry, and set the washing machine to use cold water. Turn off the tap when you're not using the water, such as while brushing your teeth, or shaving.

Reuse and Recycle

Things don't always have to go in the bin after one use, or even after you think you're done with it. Be creative, and give things a second life. Donate used clothes, mobile phones and chargers to your local charity.

Organise events, such as, a charity fashion show from recycled clothing, or an art exhibition from your recycled art-work, or sculptures. Start a recycle-week in your college. Find out what your local recycling facility takes, and make sure you have collection bins clearly labeled around the campus.

Lower your Carbon Footprint

Turn off the lights when natural light is sufficient, and when you leave the room.

Consider walking or riding a bike to college, provided the distance is not prohibitive.

Use Compact fluorescent light bulbs.(CFLs) use 75% less energy than incandescent, and last up to 10 times longer.

Remember plug-in products are a leading source of energy consumption in dorms, labs, libraries and offices. Once plugged in, most products will consume energy even when they are not in use. So make sure you unplug, when it's charged. Cut down on the number of appliances you are running on your iPhone, or computer, and you will save your battery, bank balance, and you will be doing your duty for the environment.

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Additional information about the new NASA climate projection dataset is available at: