- Vote for political representatives who recognize that our carbon-based society isn’t sustainable and who will work to establish an appropriate price for carbon; share information on these candidates with others
- Interpret the facts about global warming to your friends and relatives
- Encourage members of your social circles to adopt sustainable lifestyles—and lead by example
- To help create a stewardship ethic in your community and raise awareness of how lifestyle changes can make a difference, take part in local green initiatives like planting trees, recycling drives, or bike to work days—or start your own.
- Walk or ride a bike
- Use public transportation
- Drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle for your needed task and drive at the most efficient speed for your vehicle
- Avoid drive-through businesses; don’t idle for more than 10 seconds
- Keep your car tuned up and maintain proper tire inflation
- Support community bike lanes, no idling efforts, and mass transit options
- Insulate buildings and heat/cool with efficient systems (e.g., rated by Energy Star)
- Generate your own power with wind or solar
- Let your utility company know that you want to subscribe to green power
- Use energy-efficient (e.g. Energy Star) appliances and equipment. Turn appliances off when not in use. Use low-tech methods when possible (e.g., line-dry clothes)
- Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs (see Energy Star)
- Use no more water than needed
- Buy and cook only what you’ll eat. Don’t waste food.
- Consume foods that are minimally processed and packaged (e.g., potatoes vs. potato chips)
- Purchase fruits and vegetables grown locally and organically on small-scale farms
- Avoid products that result from tropical deforestation (e.g., palm oil, coffee that isn’t shade-grown, South American beef)
- Consume less meat. Eat at least three meatless meals per week.
- Consume products like pasture-fed beef, free-range poultry, and wild salmon rather than CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operations) meats—and buy these from local farmers or fishermen when you can
- Minimize consumption: reduce, reuse, and recycle
- Research vendors and buy from those with sustainable business models
- Avoid products with excess packaging
- Buy products created closer to home: for example, if you live in the U.S. or Canada, purchase goods made in North America instead of those shipped from far away.
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