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When it comes to lowering your carbon footprint and doing something about climate change there are many actions each of us can take. Now, you may ask yourself, “I’m just one person, what can I really do?”. As far as I’m concerned, it’s going to be people just like you and me who are going to be the driving force that can really make a difference.
You can add solar panels to your home, you can add a wind turbine in your yard, you can grow your own vegetables and herbs, you can unplug your appliances/computers when not in use, you can use a fuel additive to lower harmful emissions coming from your vehicle or get a hybrid/electric vehicle, you can use public transportation, bike or walk to your destinations, you can cut down on your meat consumption, you can volunteer and help clean up your local beaches/parks, you can educate your children on water and energy conservation and the list goes on and on.
Of course there are also big steps that companies and governments can take, but without individual people changing their own actions and demanding that change in others, it’s going to be a much longer road. Here are a few more steps you, as an individual, can take to do something positive about climate change while educating others to do the same:
1) The No Impact Project starts this Sunday (Oct 18th). The No Impact Project is a basically a one-week carbon cleanse. Whether you want to create as little impact on the environment as possible or you just want to save some money or you want to see how no impact living would affect your life, this is for you! It’s a day-by-day project that lays out simple ways for you to impact your own life and habits, your community and the environment. And remember, this project isn’t designed to preach about all the things we are doing wrong, it’s designed to give each of us tips and suggestions to help live a better life and have less impact on the environment. Check it out!
2) You can get your child’s school to join the I count for my Earth Campaign. I count for my Earth is a program created to get our children educated and more environmentally aware of the world around them. It also helps empower them to be able to do something to make a difference. My daughter always makes sure lights that don’t need to be on, get turned off and reminds us that leaving them on “wastes power”. Get your child(ren) more environmentally aware and knowing “I count for my Earth”.
3) Last week I wrote about carbon dioxide and International Climate Action Day. On October 24, 2009 people around the world are being asked to take one day – one moment of their life – to help get the word out….actually, get the number out. You can organize your own activity or attend an already planned activity in your area, that helps draw attention and awareness to the number 350 and what it means to all of us.
4) You can go to the Seal The Deal! website and sign the petition for a fair climate agreement at the upcoming Climate Change Conference.
5) From December 7th-18th, 2009 world leaders are gathering in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Conference 2009. Their goal is to negotiate and come to an agreement on a new climate treaty. You can do your part by requesting your leader takes the bold actions needed to reduce greenhouse gases. You can even submit your own video with your views, opinions and questions on climate change. (The best ones will be aired on December 15th during the COP15 CNN/YouTube TV debate.)
6) And last, but not least, blog about it. Today is Blog Action Day ’09. It’s a day uniting bloggers from around the world to write about climate change all on the same day. Bringing awareness to the issue is the first step. Hopefully this action will not only bring about more awareness to the issue of climate change, but will result in global discussions and actions.
Hopefully these tips will help you answer the question “What Can I Do About Climate Change?”. Let me know….I’d love to hear your ideas and find out more about what you are doing about climate change.