It isn’t too late to make changes

There are many things that can be done to slow climate change.  In the industrialized parts of the world, expanding the use of solar, wind and geothermal energy for heating and electricity can eliminate fossil fuel burning for these purposes.  Converting oil burning industrial plants to cleaner natural gas significantly reduces carbon emissions.

In developing areas, continuing to find alternatives to wood fuel for cooking and heating will both lower CO2 output and retain the trees that are currently being cut down for fuel.

Clearly these steps require more than one person to institute.  We all need to advocate for change, please see our page here for ideas on advocacy that you can help with.

On a personal level, simple changes in buying and use habits can have an impact.  From using more efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) or the newer Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps instead of incandescent to lowering your thermostat to driving an energy efficient (or even electric) car, everyone can make a difference.  Letting other people know you are trying to make a difference might help them make changes in their life as well.

Please review the Shrink your Carbon Footprint page for specific ideas focused to your needs.

Also, calculate your carbon footprint here and see how you compare to others.

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