10 Steps to Change the Climate
September 5th, 2017 | Posted By

Change the Climate

People think that climate change can be stopped only by big efforts:  switching to electric cars, wind power, etc.  But every single one of us can make a difference – and if we all do a few of these simple things, the impact will be enormous.

  1. Showers. Refugees in a refugee camp get 20 liters of water a day. Period.  That’s for cooking, washing, bathing, everything.  The average American uses 65 liters in a single shower.  So get wet, turn off the water while you soap up, then turn the water on for a quick rinse.  Don’t waste our scarcest resource.
  2. Straws. Americans use 500 million straws every day, 182,500,000,000 every year. They wind up in the oceans, where they kill sea life and change marine ecosystems.  Don’t use a straw.
  3. Plastic bags. An estimated 12 million barrels of oil are used to make the 30 million plastic bags that Americans use each year, the equivalent amount to the supply in our Strategic Oil Reserve.  This is a wasteful use of oil.  But even worse is the buildup of plastic in the oceans. At least 100,000 marine animals die each year from suffocating on or ingesting plastic bags.  And littered bags break up into pieces that enter our waterways.  The toxins in these waste particles affect our food supply.  And as the plastic breaks up, it releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  The worldwide consumption of plastic bags is nearly a trillion a year. Carry a reusable bag when you shop.
  4. Food. Diets that focus on meat from cows, sheep, and goats are major drivers of climate pollution.  These grazing animals require a lot of pasture land that could be forested, soaking up carbon from the air.  Give up meat, including chicken and turkey, a few days a week.
  5. Reduce, re-use, recycle. These opportunities are pretty simple:  use less stuff.  Use it over again. And when you’re through with it, recycle it.
  6. Plant a tree. If you have a yard, plant a tree.  If you don’t have a yard, donate a tree to be planted somewhere else.  Watch it grow.
  7. Travel differently. Walk and bike more. Carpool.  Use mass transit.  Stay home.
  8. Unplug. We use electricity when we turn devices off but keep them plugged in.
  9. Doggie bags. Bring your own when you go to a restaurant.  The restaurant ones usually aren’t recyclable.
  10. Say no to the glass of water at a restaurant if you don’t drink it. It’s that simple.


This sculpture in Tromsco, Norway, the Tavaha Wale, is made of marine litter found in the nearby waters. 'Tavaha' in Norwegian means 'take care of the ocean.'

This sculpture in Tromsco, Norway, the Tavaha Wale, is made of marine litter found in the nearby waters. ‘Tavaha’ in Norwegian means ‘take care of the ocean.’

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