What can I do?
Check out these tips for reducing the effects of climate change:
- Plant trees: As trees grow, they take up carbon from the atmosphere. Strategically placed trees help cut energy costs in your home. They provide cooling shade in summer and block cold winter winds.
- Use alternative energy: By reducing the use of fossil fuels, fewer greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere.
- Recycle: Recycling reduces waste and decreases the consumption of resources.
- Eat local: By getting your produce from a local grower or farmers market, you reduce the distances driven by carbon dioxide-emitting trucks.
- Think water: Join a local stream cleanup or water monitoring project to improve and maintain the quality of our watersheds.
- Support conservation education: Education is one of the strongest tools for combating climate change. Having knowledge of our effects on the environment better equips us to fight back.
- Adjust the thermostat: Raising the temperature in your home by two degrees in the summer and lowering it by two degrees in winter can help cut down on energy consumption in your home.
- Take other small steps: Switch off the light when you leave the room. Turn off the water faucet while you brush your teeth. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine unless you have a full load. Don’t leave your car running.