Sometimes, like voting, you might wonder think about the value of individual actions. How can one person’s vote make a difference. But, if, like voting, everyone voted for the right thing, the sheer weight of those individual votes could change the world. And, curiously, with climate change, it doesn’t even have to be difficult. Turning out lights, eating less meat, conserving water , walking or biking instead of driving-- all simple and take neither time nor money. Not even inconvenient.

This section is packed with valuable 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 a climate change advisory board in your town.

Just a few other places on the website for some deeper dives, after you have made your NYT New Year Resolutions!

  • If it is time to think about purchasing an EV there is a major CARS section
  • If it is time to shift to heat pumps and away from fossil fuels, you might find what you are looking for in the HEATING AND COOLING section.
  • If it is time to replace your gas stove with an induction stove, you might find what you need in the KITCHENSsection.
  • And, If you need to learn about the rebates, incentives  and tax credits available to support a shift away from fossil fuels, run, do not walk, to CCR’s THE INFLATION REDUCTION ACT page. The Biden administration has made a staggering amount of money available to support this shift,

And, if you could do with a bit of hope, try this

And, if you have patience for a quiz, researchers at Columbia University have created a survey to find out which actions you think are most effective: How well do YOU know what is better for the environment? Only 3 minutes! And, no-one will ask you to donate at the end!  Take the quiz here !



    100 Steps to a plastic-free life. From carrying reusable shopping bags, coffee containers, utensils, water bottles & straws to saying NO to convenience…

    My Plastic-free Life

    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.


    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

    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

    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

    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.


    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

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

    The Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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

    Rainforest Alliance

    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
  • 11 RIDE A BIKE

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

    Mother Nature Network

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


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

    The New York Times

    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

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

    Climate Change Connection

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

    Solar Energy World

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


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

    The Takeaway New York Public Radio

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

    Environmental Science Degree

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


    Starting with a heat pump
    To replace your HVAC and your hot water heater



The easy way to save up to 20 percent on your heating bill this winter

By Allyson Chiu 11/24/23
With temperatures dipping in many parts of the country, people are probably bracing for their utility bills to climb as they crank up the heat in their homes.

Dusting and Mopping Better Than Air Purifiers for Cleaning Indoor Air After a Wildfire

By Angely Mercado 10/26/23
Even after smoke from a wildfire has visibly cleared, lingering toxins indoors can tank air quality and threaten our health. Harmful chemicals stick around on surfaces and release into the air—and, new research found, air…

Google wants to be at the center of all your climate change decisions

By Andrew J. Hawkins 10/10/23
People shopping for electric vehicles, heat pumps, or air conditioning units will see enhanced search results on Google in a series of updates the company hopes will help people live more sustainable, climate-friendly lives. The…

Thousands of climate activists march in NYC, calling on Biden to declare climate emergency

By Miranda Nazzaro 09/17/23
Tens of thousands of protestors kicked off a march Sunday in New York City, advocating for an end to fossil fuels while calling on President Biden to declare a climate emergency. Hundreds of organizations, climate…

Stopping Tennis to Call Attention to Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman 09/07/23
The environmental activists who delayed the U.S. Open semifinal Thursday night by staging protests in Arthur Ashe Stadium join a long line of high-profile public disruptions aimed at drawing attention to the existential threat posed…

You’re doing it wrong: Recycling and other myths about tackling climate change

By Kate Selig and Emily Guskin 08/28/23
A slim majority of Americans think their individual actions can reduce the effects of climate change, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll.

How many people are taking reusable bags to the grocery store? Not many. We counted

By Jessica Roy 08/24/23
I always take my reusable bags to the grocery store. I don’t like spending 10 cents or 25 cents for something I already have. My reusable bags are usually more comfortable to carry since I…

How to cut back on plastic toys and other tips for a more eco-friendly playtime

By Ada Tseng 08/22/23
When Jess Castaneda was a kid, she got her toys when her abuela took her to garage sales. It turned her into a lifetime thrift shopper. As an adult, she became a customer at the…

How to cut back on plastic toys and other tips for a more eco-friendly playtime

By Ada Tseng 08/22/23
When Jess Castaneda was a kid, she got her toys when her abuela took her to garage sales. It turned her into a lifetime thrift shopper. As an adult, she became a customer at the…

Consumers Are Seizing the Energy Transition From Big Business

By David Fickling 08/17/23
For the past decade, the most important tectonic shift in energy markets has been the love affair between big business and clean power.

New York Activists Descend on the Hamptons to Protest the Super Rich Fueling the Climate Crisis

By Keerti Gopal 08/05/23
Sophie Shepherd has always described herself as a “rule follower,” but days before her 22nd birthday, she chose to face arrest in the middle of a Long Island driveway. Under a blazing hot July sun,…

Understanding the growing radical flank of the climate movement as the world burns

By Dana R. Fisher and Quinn Renaghan 07/26/23
Climate activists are majority female (61%), predominantly white (93%), and highly educated (91% have completed college and one-third had completed a JD, MD, or PhD degree).


Fighting Climate Change At Home

With fall almost here, it’s a great time to fight climate change at home with energy efficient changes and upgrades.

Carbon Calculating: Understanding Your Airline Travel Impact

Reducing travel for business and family visits is one of the most impactful choices we can make to reduce our climate impact. When we travel, we should make it count, but we can’t do that…

Carbon Calculating: Understanding Your Airline Travel Impact

Reducing travel for business and family visits is one of the most impactful choices we can make to reduce our climate impact. When we travel, we should make it count, but we can’t do that…

NASA, FEMA Release Comprehensive Climate Action Guide

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)

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%…


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

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

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

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

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

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

Calculate your solar panel savings

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

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

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…

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

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…


The Best and Worst Toilet Paper, Paper Towel, and Facial Tissue Brands

Few people give much thought to how their toilet paper or other tissue products are made. So most of us probably don’t realize that the average American uses more than 50 pounds of tissue paper…

The Climate Action Button

The climate crisis ain’t over. Across the globe, millions of people like you are working for stronger climate action, and we need your help. Click the button above for dozens of easy climate change actions…

What I learned when I tried installing a wind turbine on my house

I want my own wind turbine. I know how much power hides in a light breeze. I’ve seen modest winds send a 350-ton ship across miles of ocean. Small turbines mounted on the boat’s rail,…

How to convert your driveway to a permeable surface

Permeable paving lets water flow through. It not only prevents puddles, it also offers great environmental benefits. In a rainstorm, water instantly washes off regular paving and flows untreated into storm drains. In many communities,…

Civic Engagement for the Environment

“The vast majority of Americans want a greater government response to climate change, but most folks do not speak up as advocates and thus go unheard,” said Evan Raskin, National Campaign Manager & Global Climate…

United States Supermarket Scorecard 2022

EIA scored the biggest U.S. supermarket chains on their actions to reduce emissions of climate super pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Each company is scored on actions in three categories of technology adoption, refrigerant management, and policy…

How to turn climate anxiety into action

It's normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and…

Feeling anxious about climate change? Here are 5 tips to manage those feelings

Tens of thousands of Americans are already experiencing the climate crisis. They've lost their homes, their pets and their loved ones.

15 Things You Can Do at Home to Help Solve Climate Change

Although it can feel like an impossibly difficult problem, there are a lot of things you can do in and around your home to help solve the climate crisis. According to a report from the…

Grow Food Eco-logically

Growing food eco-logically, we repair the ecosystems in our veggie gardens, orchards and fields, reducing the costs of growing food for us and our environment.

Here’s how many times you need to reuse your reusable grocery bags

The battle against the single-use plastic bag may not be won but it’s definitely under way. Restrictions on their use are in place in almost a dozen US states and in many other countries around…

Why you should almost always wash your clothes on cold

In Elena Karpova’s household, the rumbling sound of a clothes dryer has become an unfamiliar noise. “I use the dryer maybe twice, three times a year, just when it’s an emergency,” says Karpova, a professor…

The Future of Climate Activism Is Intergenerational—and on TikTok

When it comes to changing minds, nothing beats an experience. That’s how Sylvia Earle sees it. The scientist has spent years trying to get people to understand the impacts of climate change, and has found…

You — yes, you! — can help the planet. Start in your backyard.

This column will give you some tools to help mitigate the damage we’re causing to the planet. But, first, let’s look at why you — yes, you — should pay attention to this.

Why I’m Changing My Consumption—Even Though Climate Policy Is More Important Than Personal Choice

I’ve been making some lifestyle changes this past year. First I went vegan. I’d been vegetarian for a decade and a half, but I’ve always loved cheese so much that taking that next step seemed…

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Are you looking to reduce your energy bills? While decreasing the amount of electricity you use each month is an excellent way to save money, it doesn’t address the bigger issue. Believe it or not,…

Protect the Planet: Stop Streaming Songs

Before you hit play on a new song, think about how many times you might listen to it. Believe it or not, this decision can have a small, but real impact on climate change —…

6 Tips To Get Your Kids to Recycle

We’ve recycled in my household for years, so it was only natural that my daughter, Sofie, was exposed to the concept early on. With early exposure, recycling becomes as habitual as putting garbage in the…

10 steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint

Here’s the thing: Small changes alone won’t save our planet. To keep the Earth from warming above the critical 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) limit, climate action needs to happen at an institutional level.…

How to Save the World: Everything You Need to Know About Climate Activism

Climate activism is what happens when people from all over the world come together to put pressure on national and business leaders to take action to safeguard a liveable future. Solving the climate crisis requires…

Lower your energy consumption

A couple of months ago, the International Panel on Climate Change published their last report. It was awful. Carbon and methane emissions are killing everything. Not only us humans, literally, with all those fumes from…

BBC Climate Change Quiz Asks: How Can You Cut Your Carbon Emissions?

BBC News recently ran a post titled, "Climate change quiz: How can you cut your carbon emissions?" In it, the quizmasters ask "how can you play your part at home, and what changes would have…

A climate disaster will likely affect you one day. Here’s how to prepare

People who never considered themselves at risk from climate change are waking up to floods and fires. From June 2021 to August 2021, 1 in 3 Americans experienced a weather disaster. Preparing for the next…

The Impact of Eating Habits on Sustainability: Going Green in the Kitchen and Beyond

As our planet faces the challenges of climate change, population growth, and dwindling natural resources, many people are looking for ways to take small steps to make a big difference. This can mean familiar measures…

The 5 roles you may have to affect climate change

We are often encouraged as individuals to reduce our personal impact on the climate, but the truth is some people’s actions have greater effect than others. The super-rich “polluter elite” immediately come to mind. But…

How You Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Home

Take advantage of the free home energy audits offered by many utilities. Then put the recommendations into practice. Simple measures, such as installing a programmable thermostat to replace your old dial unit or sealing and…


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Meat Free Monday The easiest way to help save the world

Having at least one plant-based day a week is a fun and easy way to do something good for the planet and our future.

10 Ways to Help the Environment in Everyday Life

In case you missed it – our planet isn’t really doing great. And, finding effective ways to help the environment should top our priorities. That is if we must save ourselves, and generations to come.

The plastic problem isn’t your fault, but you can be part of the solution

One of the most overwhelming aspects of modern life, in my (Rebecca) opinion, is knowing about major global-impact issues like climate change and plastic waste pollution and feeling like there isn't much that I can…

Volts podcast: Saul Griffith and Arch Rao on electrifying your house

Those of you who have been reading or listening to Volts for a while know that I am fairly obsessed with clean electrification, which involves shifting all the things we do now with fossil fuels…

We’re helping you go solar with confidence!

Environment America and Energy Sage are partnering to help you shift to renewable energy and lower your electric bill. Environment America advocates for policies that protect the places we love and the environmental values we…

Home appliance manufacturers can help address the climate crisis

How one company is taking responsibility for energy expenditures over the entire life cycle of its products

Getting Started With Carbon Offsets

You do your best to live lightly on the planet, but some greenhouse gas emissions are inevitable. When you have already become as energy-efficient as you can, and the energy you use is as sustainable…

Tips: How to weatherize your home

A few simple yet effective weatherization strategies will boost your home’s comfort and efficiency, as well as help you save on energy bills. Here’s how to safeguard your home and your wallet from the weather,…

How to Decarbonize the American Household

Rewiring America is an organization dedicated to decarbonizing the economy by electrifying everything.  They have recently published a report “No Place Like Home: Fighting Climate Change (and Saving Money) by Electrifying America’s Households” by Saul…

This is a Test: What Matters More, Personal Responsibility or Collective Action?

It is a question we have been debating on Treehugger forever: does personal responsibility matter in the fight against climate change? Or is it all a ruse, a plot by Big Oil, to divert us…

52 Climate Actions That Can Change Behavior

The question of whether personal lifestyle changes make a difference, when 100 companies are emitting 71% of carbon emissions, has long been a subject of debate on Treehugger and elsewhere. My colleague Sami Grover writes…

How to prepare your coastal property for sea-level rise and weather extremes

People who live along the Atlantic seaboard are accustomed to dealing with environmental extremes: salt spray that can kill just about anything green; relentless wind that whips vegetation into Leaning Tower of Pisa shapes; sand,…

30 Ways to Live More Sustainably—and Fight Climate Change in the Process

In 2019, youth-led protests calling attention to the worsening climate crisis spread across much of the United States and several parts of the world from the Philippines to Uganda. That same year, the United Nations…

5 Effortless Ways to Save Energy at Home

In this edition of Small Acts, Big Impact, learn smart tips to reduce your energy usage around the house.

One billion machines

Greetings! We’ve gone dark for a few weeks here at RA because, as with the rest of the world, our attention has been fixated on Washington. Since the New Year, we’ve been busy presenting our…

How to stop your house’s expensive drafts — and save the planet

As a reporter covering climate solutions, I receive one query more than any other: “What’s the best thing for me to do to protect the planet?” The annoyingly squishy answer is: It depends. Politicians can…

Turning $500 into $5000 — ethically

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.

How to reduce waste at home and repair household items

It all started when her toaster broke. And her desk lamp. And her vacuum. Sandra Goldmark, a theatre set designer and university professor in New York, was on maternity leave in 2013 and found the…

Fertilizing a garden entirely for free

At our house we have a goal to produce 80% of our fruit, veggies, meat and dairy within five years of moving onto our land. We only eat a little meat and dairy, but we…

Why Planting a Bee Garden Is Good for Pollinators, Good for the Planet, and Good for You!

As the climate of the Earth changes, bees and pollinators are under increasing threats from urbanization and development, heavy chemical and neonicotinoid pesticide use, and shifting weather patterns that create increased temperatures, droughts, fires, floods…

12 Easy Green Resolutions for Every Month of the Year

Some may argue that given the enormous scope of what needs to be done to combat climate change, individual actions – aside from voting – may not matter all that much.

Register Yourself and Others to Vote

More people participating in democracy makes for a stronger country and builds greater accountability with our elected officials.

Eat Ugly Fruit

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!