There are lots of things
we can do to take action
to reduce climate change
Here are some ideas:
- Home and personal energy use
- Use the heater and air conditioner less. Set the thermostat a couple of degrees higher in the summer and a couple of degrees lower in the winter.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LEDs.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances when the time comes for you to replace your existing ones.
- For short local trips, use your bicycle or walk. This can be fun!
- If you fly somewhere, consider taking a direct flight to reduce emissions.
- If you have to fly, consider buying carbon offsets.
- Personal consumption
- Reduce your consumption of products (e.g., clothes, electronics, and goods).
- Try purchasing used items that can be reused, or good quality items that will last a long time.
- Recycle products when possible.
Background Here is a summary of the importance of our Green Ninja actions. If we want to do something about reducing global warming, a good first step is to starting thinking about energy. Most of the energy we use day-to-day comes from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. When we use energy, we are directly or indirectly burning fossil fuels, and this process emits carbon dioxide (CO2), a gas that is known for its ability to trap heat by a process called the greenhouse effect. Because humans use a lot of energy to produce things such as food, clothes, and electronics, the amount of CO2 going into the atmosphere is larger than the amount that the oceans and land (soil and vegetation) can absorb. Thus, the amount of CO2 has been accumulating in the atmosphere. This rise in CO2 is partially responsible for the warming of the planet over the last few decades. Fortunately, there are many things we can do to help reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.