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

18 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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.
More here:
NRDC

CANCEL

JUNK MAIL

Quitting junk mail is one way to curtail the flow of trash in and out of your home.
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The Washington Post

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.
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My EV

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!
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Climate Crocks

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.
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Audobon

CONSERVE

WATER

The average American
uses 2,000 gallons per day
and only one percent of
the world’s water
supply is freshwater.
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Water Conservation

COMPOST

Enhance the soil,
protect the climate,
and reduce waste.
More here:
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

NO MORE

PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES!

Every day
66 million bottles
end up in landfills,
or, more likely,
as land or ocean litter.
More here:
Rainforest Alliance

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.
More here:
New York Times

RIDE A

BIKE

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

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.
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ECOSYSTEMS

SAVE BY USING

LEDS

Switch out your light bulbs,
and reduce your electricity
by more than 80%.
More here:
The New York Times

TEN WAYS YOUR HOUSE CAN REDUCE

CLIMATE CHANGE

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

WASH IN

COLD

Washing your clothes
in cold water uses
15X less energy than
hot and gets clothes
just as clean.
More here:
Climate Change Connection
The New York Times

INSTALL

SOLAR

A typical two-person
household reduces their
carbon emissions by
three to four tons annually
with a solar power system.
More here:
Solar energy world

REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

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

TURN ON THE

FANS

The average air
conditioning unit in
American homes releases
about two tons of
carbon dioxide each year.
More here:
The Takeaway
New York Public Radio

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.

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environmentalsciencedegree

KEY RESOURCES

MORE WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

America’s Light Bulb Revolution

By Nadja Popovich Photo: Department of Energy 3/8/19 Publisher:
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,…

DIY renewable energy projects

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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.

Eat Ugly Fruit

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Most ugly, misshapen produce doesn’t sell and is thrown away. If food waste were a country, it’d be the world’s third largest carbon polluter!

ETSY

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Wear your support! Find here a large collection of buttons, tees, and totes supporting earth and sustainability by local designers and artists.

Get a home energy audit

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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.
climate change communication

Hope equals Action

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10/9/18 Americans who remain hopeful are consistently more likely than those with less hope to say they will act on global warming, including contacting a government official, donating and volunteering, and joining a campaign to…

Reject fast fashion and buy secondhand

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1/2/18 Textile production is one of the most polluting industries, producing 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per year, which is more emissions than international flights and maritime shipping.

Shop ethically and sustainably

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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…
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Swap your plane ride for a bus or train

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7/3/18 A roundtrip transatlantic flight can emit more than a metric ton of carbon dioxide per person into the atmosphere, and if a person flies a lot, these emissions form the bulk of their carbon…
NRDC

Take a stand for lifesaving clean car standards

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Send an official comment to the EPA, urging the agency to reject Trump’s proposal to roll back lifesaving clean car standards, critical safeguards which would reduce billions of tons of carbon pollution from the atmosphere…
CleanTechnica

Try a Harley in 2019

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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…
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Turning $500 into $5000 — ethically

By Christopher Walsh Photo by Markus Spiske 12/15/20
Ethical investing is not boring. Conversely, it’s fast becoming a popular way to achieve market-beating returns as new and innovative companies launch products and services that make the world a better place.

Wear your support!

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