HOW TO LESSEN YOUR CLIMATE IMPACT


Slow climate change and save cash!

Use Less Electricity
USE LESS GAS
OFFSET YOUR CARBON
LOWER YOUR FOOD MILES

The coal Americans burned to create electricity in 2010 released about 6.2 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That’s the weight of the entire Golden Gate Bridge stacked up 15 times. You can burn less coal if you:

  • Turn off the lights when you are not in the room. Turn off appliances you are not using.
  • Shut the doors and windows if you have the A/C or heater on.
  • Put energy efficient light bulbs in your house.
  • Wash clothes on warm, not hot, and air-dry them when possible.
  • Take shorter showers (it takes a lot of energy to heat water).
  • Get solar panels for your house.

  • Drive less – walk, bike, skateboard, run. By using less gas you are slowing down global warming, getting a workout, and it’s fun!
  • Carpool. It’s fun, you get to know people, and you can use the carpool lane to skip traffic. You can also take public transportation, or drive a fuel-efficient car.
  • Use less plastic things like water bottles, utensils and packaging (plastic is made with petroleum).
  • Bring your own bags when you go shopping.
  • Reduce/reuse/recycle. The less stuff we use, the less stuff gets made, and the less gas gets burned.

  • Invest in projects that will prevent more carbon from entering the atmosphere, like wind farms and methane capture in landfills.
  • Eat less meat and dairy. Cows put out a lot of methane, which contributes to the greenhouse effect far more powerfully than CO2.

  • Buy food from local sources. Support restaurants that do too. Transportation of food over long distances burns gas and means you get less-fresh food.
  • No need to get your apples from New Zealand, unless you live in New Zealand.