You don’t have to be a world-class climate scientist or a high-level politician to have an impact on climate. You can do your part, and you can start TODAY. Here we present 8 solutions, but realize that not all solutions are created equal. The first two are, by far, the most important and effective actions you can take. Solutions 3 and 4 are the second most effective to correct global warming. The remaining four are small changes to your daily habits that, when coupled with Solutions 1-4 will reduce emission contributions. Here are our 8 solutions to help you start your journey.
CARBON PRICE: Pricing carbon would put a fee on the burning of high carbon dioxide contributors for fuel; like coal, gas, and oil. Placing a tax on carbon would force producers of these unsustainable practices to pay for the carbon damage that is exacerbating our global warming. Momentum towards pricing carbon has grown as proposed legislation has been supported by advocacy groups and politicians. Learn more about taxing carbon and find resources to support this monumental solution.
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VOTE: Policy can be the catalyst that will usher in a new era of climate-minded legislation. We encourage you to use your voice and your vote to advocate for our environment and our future. Vote green, and to vote on behalf of climate solutions.
Learn about candidates in your area and where they stand on climate change. Below are resources to help you get the full picture. Ask the questions that matter and be an informed voter on election day.
Contact Chris to ask questions about VOTING for the climate.
EDUCATION: Do you know the facts on climate change? Would you be able to explain it to someone else? Chances are, the concept of climate change has crossed your path at some point. To start a meaningful conversation on climate solutions, it is important to start with the basics and EDUCATE YOURSELF.
KNOW YOUR RISK: Climate change presents itself in different ways to different demographics. Floridians face intense hurricanes and sea level rise that puts human safety and property resiliency at risk. Californians experience droughts that compromise industry and general well-being. The biggest misconception about climate change is that it is solely an environmental issue. Make no mistake. The effects of climate change touch every aspect of our lives. From human health to economic impacts, life as we know it will be altered.
Below are resources to help you understand how climate is affecting you where you live.
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TALK ABOUT IT: Climate action occurs when we TALK ABOUT IT. The people you surround yourself with are your inner circle and support system. When you hold them, and they hold you accountable for your choices, change is possible. Start conversations with those around you. When we talk about it, we can bring about change one person at a time.
GET ACTIVE: Bringing awareness to the issue starts with you. There are communities all around you that depend on your participation to help spread awareness about climate change. Below are resources to help you find out where you can create change where you live.
Ask Thais how you can SHARE climate solutions with your community.
FOOD: Meat products carry high carbon consequences. Raising cattle can result in deforestation that eliminates necessary carbon sinks, as well as high levels of methane from the animals themselves. Occasionally cutting meat from your diet can have a positive impact on the environment (and your waistline!). Opting for locally grown produce can also return carbon savings by avoiding lengthy transport to distant locations. Finally, remember to be mindful of your purchasing habits. Food waste creates another source of greenhouse gas and is wasteful of your hard-earned dollars.
Do you have questions about how your FOOD choices are impacting the environment?
Reach out to Stephanie for more ways to incorporate mindful practices into your FOOD diet!
ENERGY: Simple trade-offs in your everyday life can benefit you and the environment. When you create awareness of your energy consumption you can identify areas of opportunity. Opening blinds versus turning on lights, letting fresh air in over running your AC, and washing clothing in cold cycles are all simple swaps that reduce energy use. Updating appliances to more energy efficient models will also help you reduce your energy usage.
MAKE THE BIG SWITCH: Replacing outdated appliances is a great start. To lessen your carbon footprint further you can make the switch to a renewable energy source for your home energy needs. Transitioning from carbon-emitting energy sources dependent on fossil fuels requires an initial investment that will eventually bring you savings over time. Luckily, there are more options than ever to make the renewables switch including options for solar leasing and community and shared solar. Take the time to research your options for renewable energy.
Ask Shannon your questions about conserving ENERGY and how to make the renewable transition.
TRANSPORTATION: Commuting via personal car or public transit is sometimes necessary in our daily lives. Look for opportunities to walk or bike and utilize carpooling services when available.
Reach out to David for more ideas on how to turn your commute or TRANSPORTATION into a greener solution.
TALK ABOUT IT: Air conditioners and cooling appliances, like refrigerators and freezers, are the largest residential drain on our energy system. The manufacturing of these things adds to the release of greenhouse gases. By far the biggest part of the refrigeration footprint is the refrigerant chemicals. Hydrofluorocarbons were developed to replace the chlorofluorocarbons that were eroding the Ozone Layer. Ninety percent of refrigerant emissions occur at the end of an appliance’s life, according to Project Drawdown.
GET ACTIVE: We can try to purchase appliances with energy star ratings and we can dispose of old devices in a way that keeps stored gases from escaping.
You can see some of the EPA rules here: https://www.epa.gov/ods-phaseout/homeowners-and-consumers-frequently-asked-questions
More solutions: http://www.ahrinet.org/Resources/Research