Acting on climate change is everyone’s responsibility. Here’s how you can do your part.
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- Buy minimally packaged goods
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass, and metal. Reuse, mend, and repurpose things to save money and divert waste from your local landfill
- Plug air leaks in windows and doors to increase energy efficiency
- Adjust your thermostat, lower in winter, higher in summer
- Replace old appliances with energy efficient models and light bulbs
- Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water
- Run dishwashers only when full and don’t use heat to dry dishes
- Eat less meat, poultry, and fish
- Plant Trees – Enter tree planting pledges online, then plant indigenous or locally appropriate trees where you live. View results of tree planting efforts globally.
- Print double-sided or not at all
- Always use reusable cups, knives and forks.
- Think before you travel. If a video conference call will suffice, spare the hassle and expense, and CO2 emissions.
- Avoid traffic jams and decrease your personal carbon footprint by walking, bicycling, and using mass transit whenever possible. Consider carpooling with friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
- Taking the stairs can sometimes be faster than waiting in long elevator lines. In addition to saving energy, taking the stairs gives you a mild workout which will help keep you healthy.
Knowledge is power. Use the UN and Climate Change website to:
- Ask your local and national authorities to engage in environmentally-friendly measures.
- Tell us about your actions to tackle climate change by using the hashtag #climate2014 on social networks
Find out how much CO2 your lifestyle produces and the amount of resources it takes to live the way you do. Once you know the impact your lifestyle causes you can start to make adjustments and monitor improvement. Encourage others to do the same. Calculate your carbon footprint.