INDIVIDUALS

INDIVIDUALS

INDIVIDUALS

Sometimes, like voting, you might wonder how what you do matters. But, like voting, if everyone did what they could, the world’s outcome could be changed. And, curiously it doesn’t even have to be difficult. Turning out lights, eating less meat, conserving water -- all simple and take neither time nor money.

This page is packed with things to do whatever your resources, whether you have five minutes or 5 hours a week, whether you have the ability to reduce plastics in your world, add solar to your home, or organize to create an climate change advisory board in your town.

You might take a peek at the NYT New Year ResolutionsAnd, if you could do with a bit of hope, try this...

19 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • 1 TELL YOUR LAWMAKERS

    The worst impacts can still be avoided if we compel local and national leaders to step up and lead the fight against climate change. Call on your officials today.

    NRDC
  • 2 REDUCE FOOD WASTE

    40 percent of edible food is thrown away by retailers and households in the US. Buy less, reheat and reuse, store properly, compost, donate.

    52 Climate Actions
  • 3 TIME TO BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR

    In addition to lowering your carbon footprint, electric vehicles are more affordable to run, have lower maintenance costs, and tax incentives can reduce the purchase price.

    My EV
  • 4 STOP EATING RED MEAT

    Keeping everything else (chicken, dairy, pork) we could achieve between 46 and 74 percent of the reductions needed to meet the 2020 greenhouse gas emission goals. Yikes. We can do that!

    Climate Crocks
  • 5 TURN YOUR YARD INTO A CARBON SPONGE

    Give your yard a climate makeover and convert it into a carbon sponge. Get Rid of the Gas Guzzlers, and focus Instead on Native Plants and creating a Bird Friendly Habitat.

    Audobon
  • 6 100+ WATER-SAVING TIPS

    Saving water is easy. Really easy. Here are more than 100 useful water-saving tips for your home and office. Learn how to save water indoors and outdoors. Incorporate these tips into your everyday habits. Before long, you’ll be a natural at water conservation.

    Water Use It Wisely
  • 7 COMPOST

    Enhance the soil, protect the climate, and reduce waste.

    The Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • 8 NO MORE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES!

    Every day 66 million bottles end up in landfills, or, more likely, as land or ocean litter.

    Rainforest Alliance
  • 9 TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRONICS!

    Many appliances use just as much power when off. Washing machines with digital displays, smart TVs, toasters and computers are all drawing power. A coffee maker can use as much in a day as someone in Niger uses in a year.

    New York Times
  • 10 RIDE A BIKE

    A bicycle doesn’t burn gasoline, creates less fossil fuel pollution, and is more cost efficient.

    Mother Nature Network
  • 11 TURN DOWN THE HEAT

    Every degree reduces your energy use by 3-5%. Add a
    sweater, a blanket or a nice cup of hot chocolate.

    ECOSYSTEMS
  • 12 SAVE BY USING LEDS

    Switch out your light bulbs, and reduce your electricity by more than 80%.

    The New York Times
  • 13 REDUCE THE CLIMATE IMPACT OF YOUR HOME

    From getting an energy audit to setting your water heater at 120 degrees to installing a programmable thermostat, here are simple cost saving solutions.

    Huffington Post
  • 14 WASH IN COLD

    Washing your clothes in cold water uses 15X less energy than
    hot and gets clothes just as clean.

    Climate Change Connection The New York Times
  • 15 INSTALL SOLAR

    A typical two-person household reduces their carbon emissions by three to four tons annually with a solar power system.

    Solar energy world
  • 16 REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

    What you can do at school, at home, at work, and in the community.

    EPA
  • 17 TURN ON THE FANS

    The average air conditioning unit in American homes releases
    about two tons of carbon dioxide each year.

    The Takeaway New York Public Radio
  • 18 PICK A CAUSE

    Understanding and adapting to climate change is a massive, interdisciplinary undertaking and the sites listed here have lots of information from every possible angle.

    environmentalsciencedegree
  • 19 CANCEL JUNK MAIL

    What you can do at school, at home, at work, and in the community.

    EPA

KEY RESOURCES

NASA, FEMA Release Comprehensive Climate Action Guide

07/09/22
NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have released a guide that provides resources for adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change. The guide, Building Alliances for Climate Action, includes various perspectives, stories,…

Federal Solar Tax Credit Guide (2022)

05/03/22
Since 2005, the federal government has incentivized homeowners to switch to solar through the solar investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit. Currently, this tax credit lets you claim 26%…

TAKE A STEP

01/13/22
Count Us In is building the world’s largest community of people and organizations taking practical action on climate change.

54 Great Sources for Climate Change News

01/06/21
Individuals can empower themselves with information about what is happening, what is being done by key stakeholders and how they can contribute to climate change mitigation at the individual level.

The Opportunity In Climate Science Education: Jobs And More Jobs

08/27/20
As we continue to move away from fossil fuels toward 100 percent renewable energy, we’ve seen some trends emerge, particularly regarding the jobs that will support the new clean economy.

50 Ways to Help the Planet – Save Our Environment and Planet Earth

07/03/20
Saving the planet sounds huge doesn’t it? And in essence, it is. But there are many simple ways you can do your bit to help. Check out this list of fifty easy ways to go…

Your Personal Action Guide for the Environment

04/22/20
Solving our biggest environmental problems will require huge changes in policy and business practice. But it turns out that our personal actions can help too, if we focus on the right things. Here are some…

50 simple ways to make your life greener

03/10/20
Expert tips on how to be kinder to the planet – from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance.

Calculate your solar panel savings

02/22/20
Use this solar panel calculator to quickly estimate your solar potential and savings by address. Estimates are based on your roof, electricity bill, and actual offers in your area.

Consumer Resources to Support Sustainable Seafood from the Seafood Watch Program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

02/13/20
What You Can Do: The easiest and most important thing you can do is ask the question: "Do you serve sustainable seafood?" Let your favorite businesses know that ocean-friendly seafood's on your shopping list.

45 Sustainability Resources You Need to Know

08/22/19
There is hardly any aspect of modern life that isn’t affected by the current problems facing the environment. As we learn more about how human behavior is harming the planet, we’re creating new ways to…
UN

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

05/23/19
Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will…

8 Things You Can Do to Care for the Planet

02/24/19
2/24/19 It's simpler than you think.

Find a local group to join or start one

02/20/19
Local and national citizen-led climate activist groups have sprung up in communities around the world to organize for 350 days of action. Find out about campaigns, projects, and local groups here.

16 ways to reduce plastic waste

02/20/19
7/29/15 It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Here are 16 great ways to dramatically decrease the amount of plastic trash you make.

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Protect our ocean coral reefs

02/20/19
Here’s a few things we can do to improve the condition of our ocean reefs: reduce the use of lawn and garden chemicals (and do not dump any chemicals in storm drains), choose sustainable seafood,…

Fix your thermostat habits

02/20/19
Look over these helpful do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re not wasting money and energy on heating and cooling.  

Check if your state offers Community Choice Aggregation

02/20/19
Community Choice Aggregation Utilities provides all its electricity from clean renewable energy, up to 100% from wind and solar and geothermal power. The price is virtually the same.  

Electrify your home

02/20/19
Power your own home by putting solar panels on your roof, and batteries in your garages.

Refill your water pitchers and bottles

02/20/19
9/29/18 If tap water isn't your thing, avoid buying cases of one-time-use plastic bottles. Try a home water cooler and have the bottles delivered, or save money by getting them refilled. A water pitcher with…

Take a 30-day challenge

02/20/19
Research shows it takes 30 days to change a habit. Try one of the four in this list to save energy and money.

Sign, join, act, donate

02/20/19
Find a list of ways to take action, or volunteer with this group  advocating for aggressive climate change policies.

STAR ratings matter when buying your appliances

02/20/19
9/6/18 The label outlines the product’s energy star rating and gives you information about which product is better for the environment and how much money you could potentially save.

Wear your support!

02/20/19
Find here a large collection of buttons, tees, and totes supporting earth and sustainability by local designers and artists.

Write your congressman to keep our ocean and waterways healthy

02/20/19
Visit Ocean Conservatory for information and forms to contact senators and congressmen on issues like ocean acidification, smart ocean planning, and restoring the Gulf of Mexico.

Keep microfibers out of waterways

02/20/19
8/8/18 If 10% of U.S. households used a Cora Ball in their laundry, more than 30 million water bottles worth of plastic could be kept out of waterways. Buy It Here

Say no to all single-use plastic

02/20/19
2/20/18 Overflowing landfills and waters mean that grocery bags and takeout containers aren't enough, it's time to phase out all single-use plastic.

Get aboard the scooter revolution

02/20/19
8/6/18 Scooter-sharing services such as Lime, Spin and Bird are popping up in cities as electric scooters become an increasingly popular choice for urban transportation.

Calculate, reduce, and offset your carbon footprint

02/20/19
The average American’s total carbon footprint is a whopping 50,000 pounds a year. Supporting Carbon Fund’s projects can help offset your footprint.

DIY renewable energy projects

02/20/19
Free ideas, plans, and information to help you build renewable energy and conservation projects. Try solar cooking and food drying, a water wheel for electricity generation, or build a solar greenhouse.

Reduce your food waste

02/20/19
12/12/18 When we waste food, we are also throwing away the resources that went into producing, processing, packaging and transporting that food.

Get a home energy audit

02/20/19
Insulate, air seal, and replace anything worn. An audit will help find more ways to improve efficiency, and save money. Here’s another list of tips for setting your thermostat.

Replace gas with electric at home

02/20/19
10/9/18 Instead of gas heaters at home, use electric heat pumps for air and water heating, and air conditioning. And, an induction cooktop stove boils water in half the time of a gas stove!

Use smart power strips

02/20/19
12/14/18 Unplug idle electronics, purchase energy efficient appliances, use a smart thermostat and insulate your water heater.

The Harley-Davidson Electric LiveWire Will Have Its Own Sound & A Perfect Riding Position

01/17/19
The transport sector accounts for 23% of gas emissions, and businesses own over half of all vehicles on the road. Lead the shift to electric. How about a scooter, an electric bike, a motorcycle. Harley…

Pass on Uber and Lyft

11/07/18
Ride-hailing companies add options for people without a car, but they also drive up traffic and congestion. Choose transit or, better yet, bicycling.

Americans are More Worried about Global Warming, and Show Signs of Losing Hope

10/09/18
With weather becoming more extreme—including powerful hurricanes, stronger droughts and heatwaves, and increased flooding due to sea-level rise—more Americans are personally experiencing the effects of climate change. It is, therefore, no surprise that this increase…

Eat Less Meat

08/15/18
18% of man-made greenhouse gases come from livestock.

New University Rules Encourage Scientists to Avoid Air Travel

07/03/18
Last December, on a dark evening in Baltimore, Anna Scott left her apartment and dragged her bag three minutes to the train station. She eventually caught her train, the Crescent, claimed a comfortable seat to…

Be mindful when you travel

07/08/12
It’s not easy being green, especially when you’re on vacation. First, there is what you can control, but don’t. Vacation takes you off your daily schedule, which has all of your environmentally friendly habits built…

Shop ethically and sustainably

08/15/18
Support companies that do good for people, animals, and the planet. Done Good intentionally selects purpose-driven brands who care about where their items are sourced, and how it impacts their customers, workers, and the world…

Host a movie screening

08/15/18
Organize a lunchtime screening at work, or have a movie night at a community hall. Here’s a list of documentaries that address single-use plastic pollution.

Commit to going plastic-free for one month

08/15/18
Join the “choose to refuse” campaign, a global movement spanning 150 countries. Sign up at Plastic Free July for tips, action ideas, and more resources.

Install a geothermal heat pump system

02/04/19
A small-scale geothermal heat pump system—often installed to serve a single household—consists of a network of heat-transferring pipes buried four to six feet underground and connecting to an electric-powered pump which concentrates and distributes the…

Volunteer. Five minutes. Make a phone call.

08/15/18
Voters concerned about climate change need to be heard on election day.

America’s Light Bulb Revolution

03/08/19
Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention, but a more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now: The humble light bulb. Over the past decade, traditional incandescent bulbs,…

The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint (2021)

04/13/21
We all understand just how dire the circumstances facing our planet are and that we all need to do our part to stem the tide of climate change. When we look in the mirror, we…

Veganuary is a tough sell

01/09/22
Veganuary, a campaign that started in the U.K. to get people to give up meat and dairy for the month, is in its third year in the U.S., where it's catching on slowly.

How to Fight the Climate Crisis at Home: Small Tips for Making Big Change

08/01/19
This article is not just about finding little ways to reduce your impact — rather, it’s about ways to stop climate change from your home.