WHAT YOU CAN DO TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Contact your legislators, governor, and Congresspersons to: (1) Express concern about climate change and request action, and (2) Express support for the Clean Power Plan
  • If your elected representative or official doesn’t support action on climate change, VOTE ACCORDINGLY
  • Become a vegan, or at least cut back on animal food products, especially beef
  • Cut back on fossil fuel use for transportation, ie walk, ride a bike, take the bus, consolidate errands to reduce trips, carpool
  • Buy a hybrid or electric car if possible, or at least a car with good gas mileage
  • Actively participate in a group like DOING WHAT WE CAN to study climate change, bring the public’s attention to the dangers of climate change, and take group action
  • Use your influence with family, friends, co-workers to inform them about climate change and what they can do to mitigate it
  • Eat locally grown food and organic as much as possible
  • Use cloth bags at the grocery store, refuse plastic
  • Avoid buying water in plastic bottles – carry your own refillable container
  • Buy only energy efficient appliances and light bulbs, preferably LED
  • Keep the heat in your home lower in winter and warmer in summer
  • Recycle and reuse to the max possible
  • Conserve water
  • Share with others to avoid having to continually buy new stuff
  • Compost organic waste, if possible
  • Choose the products you buy carefully, reading labels and staying informed as to who produces it and what’s in it
  • Reduce food waste and thereby the energy used to produce it
  • Choose no packing (bulk with reusable containers for groceries) or minimally packed items
  • Zeroscape or xeriscape http://wateruseitwisely.com/xeriscape-zeroscape/
  • TerraCycle-to creatively recycle “hard-to-recycle” waste http://www.terracycle.com/en.US/
  • Recycle, especially paper
  • Ask businesses for recycling options if they’re not available or visible / follow up
  • Educate others
  • Donate to organizations that support the Earth and a sustainable future
  • Obtain solar panels and/or solar hot water for your home
  • Repurpose anything and everything you can
  • Buy clothes that last – patch and use to aid buying nen
  • Save and reuse produce bags
  • Use reusable coffee mugs, ziplocs, plastic storage, etc. – many items labeled “disposable” can be reused
  • For shipping orders, ship as much together as possible to avoid extra packaging
  • Obtain new windows / seal your home for temperature control. Studies show more energy is wasted through heating and cooling poorly sealed buildings than through the more visible ways, Such as leaving lights on, etc. But also, turn lights off when not in use.
  • Don’t upgrade phones and electronic products often. RECYCLE ELECTRONICS PROPERLY. NOTE: Take to the Reuseum in Garden City, Idaho, if you live in the Boise area
  • Wash laundry in cold water – use eco settings
  • Line dry clothes – limit use of dryer
  • Wear clothes more than once, when possible
  • Compost
  • Only run dishwasher when completely full
  • Use Earth-friendly detergents and cleaners
  • Shop at and support businesses that use green energy
  • Unplug or turn off power strips when electronics and appliances are not in use
  • Educate Others
  • Make your voice heard – It’s too important to stay silent, especially now
  • Consider buying flood insurance – Global warming causes additional moisture in the air, which can result in downpours and flooding, even in dry areas of the country
  • Prepare to adapt – The world is changing and some of it we can’t stop
  • Stay tuned for more.

 

This list is compiled by our members. It’s a work in progress. Your ideas are welcome!