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From the Spring 2009 Conservationist for Kids

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What You Can Do About Climate Change

By Gina Jack

What YOU Can Do About Climate Change

Some of the things we can each do to help limit climate change are very simple. A lot of little things add up to big savings for the planet. If we each conserve energy and use fewer fossil fuels every day, we can limit changes to our climate. It's time to get in the habit of thinking about the energy we use and using it more wisely.

What are you already doing? What else could you do? Here are some ideas:

  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
  • Ride your bike or walk instead of driving for short trips
  • Turn off the TV and play outside
  • Take a shower, not a bath. Keep it short and warm, not hot, to really make a difference
  • Set the thermostat no higher than 68 deg.F when you're heating, and no lower than 78 deg.F when you're cooling
  • Pack lunch in a cloth bag using refillable containers, rather than single-serving packages. Don't forget your cloth napkin!
  • Plant a tree. It stores carbon as it grows
  • Take the bus or subway instead of the car for longer trips
  • Play games that don't need batteries or electric power
  • Skip the clothes dryer and hang your laundry to dry
  • Use a power strip or unplug devices to stop them from drawing energy when they're in "standby" mode (especially computers, TVs and battery chargers)
  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room