We here at Phinix are huge proponents of doing what you can at home to prevent any further impacts of climate change. The disastrous effects of global warming are stacking up, leading to higher temperatures and rising sea levels. More flooding, wildfires, and droughts are to be expected. Here are five things you can do to lend a helping hand to the environment.
Staying informed about what policy makers are doing and saying is paramount. If you stay educated on climate change, then you can make knowledgeable decisions when voting and electing politicians into office. It also wouldn’t hurt to know what the policy makers are discussing:
- Lowering carbon dioxide levels—for example, establishing carbon taxes and carbon caps;
- Changing the Earth’s response to the effects of climate change—for example, building seawalls to combat the rising sea levels; and
- Adapting the Earth to counteract climate change—for example, changing our oceans to absorb more CO2.
Make Changes at Home
- Change your five most-used light bulbs to products that have the EPA’s Energy Star label;
- Heat and cool more efficiently, such as by using a programmable thermostat, changing air filters, and replacing old equipment with Energy Star products;
- Seal and insulate your home;
- Make use of recycling programs, and compost food and yard waste;
- Reduce water waste;
- Use green power, such as solar panels; and
- Estimate how much greenhouse gas you emit with the EPA’s calculator.
Be Greener at the Office
You can also help out at the office. Here’s how:
- Set computers and other office equipment to power down during periods when you’re not using them;
- Use Energy Star equipment; and
- Recycle and reuse whenever possible.
Reduce Emissions in Transit
You can reduce your emissions both in your daily and cross-country commutes:
- Rely on public transportation, biking, walking, carpooling, or telecommuting instead of driving;
- Use the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide to help you make an informed choice about buying a car;
- While driving, try to avoid hard accelerations, don’t spend more than 30 seconds idling, and go easy on the gas pedal and brakes; and
- Make sure to regularly check your tire pressure.
When you’re traveling by plane, try these tricks:
- Consider packing lighter because less fuel is consumed with less weight on the plane;
- Fly during the day because night flights have a bigger impact on the climate; and
- Buy carbon credits to compensate for the emissions on your flight.
Get Involved and Educate Others About the Bigger Picture
Though one person’s efforts might only have a small influence, involving and educating others will allow our impact to grow. Together, we can help to prevent any further damaging effects of climate change.
Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan
May 13, 2014
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