What can you do about climate change? A lot!
- Join the movement to push our governments to take bold and ambitious climate action! Visit the national 350.org and our local site to get involved.
- Support a mobilization to build a 100% clean energy economy in 10 years (ClimateMobilization.org)!
- Recruit your friends, family, and acquaintances!
- Divest from the Top 200 fossil fuel companies and push institutions you are part of to do so (GoFossilFree.org)!
The most important thing for all of us to do is to build a movement that’s strong enough to overcome not only the power that the fossil fuel and other industries have over our governments but also those who are ideologically opposed to even accepting the climate crisis is real, much less acting on it.
How to cut your own global warming pollution:
— For free, starting right now!
- Drop out of the consumer society – life is not about buying and having stuff!
- When it’s hot: Moving air takes less energy than cooling it, so use fans first (turn them off when there’s no one in the room to feel the cooling effect). When the A/C is on, set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees – higher, if possible.
- When it’s cold: Program your thermostat no higher than 68 during the day, 55 at night.
- Don’t eat meat, dairy, poultry or eggs at every meal.
- Use a power-strip to turn electronics off (the power switch doesn’t really turn most electronics completely off).
— With some effort and investment:
- Buy meat, milk, poultry and eggs from local farms and national companies that raise their animals organically on pasture (EatWellGuide.org).
- Buy locally-grown organic and USDA Organic foods.
- Switch to energy-efficient LED or CFL light bulbs.
- Figure out how to start using the bus system when it will work for you (KCATA.org, theJo.com).
- If you have access to land, grow some of your own food organically (OrganicGardening.com).
— Long-term investments:
- If you own your home, get a professional energy analysis and weatherize (KCEnergy.org).
- Upgrade to a high-efficiency furnace, A/C, appliances, and electronics (EnergyStar.gov).
- If possible, move close to where you often go, especially work.
- Install a solar power system at your home.
- If you can put up enough solar panels to charge a plug-in car, buy one; if you’d have to plug into the grid, don’t buy a plug-in because too much of our electricity still comes from coal (UCSUSA.org/assets/documents/clean_vehicles/electric-car-global-warming-emissions-exec-summary.pdf).
- If you can’t afford a plug-in and solar panels to charge it, buy the highest-MPG hybrid that is the right size for your daily needs.