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Too Busy for Climate Change?

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You don’t have to save the world single handed. It’s not an all or nothing proposition for each individual. It’s simply about doing the best you can in any given day. What I’m doing today is spreading the word for Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change.

As Monika Baurlein states today in MotherJones.com, “Fix the Climate or the Kid Gets It.” (Clever title!) We need to convince “Americans that something we care about is actually at risk here. And of course something is is. Climate change poses the greatest danger not to polar bears, not to glaciers or beaches, but to our kids.”

So what’s a busy person to do? Here are some ideas that are easy:

10 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint and Save the Earth for Your Children

  1. Turn Down the Heat/Turn Up/Off the A/C.
  2. Use Less Paper Products. Use cloth napkins, regular plates & cups, etc instead of paper ones.
  3. Only Use What You Need. Don’t leave the faucet running. Use less water on small laundry loads. Use less paper, plastics. Turn off lights, TV’s, Computers that aren’t being used.
  4. Use Green Cleaning Products. Especially baking soda and vinegar!
  5. Eat Vegetarian/Vegan When You Can. Vegan (non-animal) foods put less of a strain on the environment.
  6. Unplug. Unplug electrical devices that aren’t being used. (“Green” power strips can make this a little easier.)
  7. Keep Tired Fully Inflated. Better gas mileage is also more money in your pocket.
  8. Turn Water Heater Down. Try 1 or 2 degrees. A little bit that you won’t notice, but if everyone does it, it can add up to a lot.
  9. Use Your Own Water Bottle. That’s at least 365 less plastic bottles in a landfill!
  10. Recycle. Keep it simple. Set up your process once and then you’ll be on auto-pilot.

For more ideas check out these additional posts:

The Coolest Green Habits to Adopt Today

Things You Can Do Today to Save the Environment

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Got any other easy ideas for helping the planet? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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26 Responses to Too Busy for Climate Change?

  1. Michael Chisman October 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Energy saving, vegan-ism, not using plastics, proper tire pressures and paperless are absolutely right on and is our responsibility if wise…., but there are over three thousand ( 3,000)!!!…scientists and global reserchers that have signed documents stating that “global warming is a fraud” and that in fact the earth is getting cooler and is the natural cyclical event of planet earth. “Global warming” is a political, money hungry, media controlled scare tactic and the informed are well aware of this maneuver. But JUST LIKE the Y2K blitz, the masses populace and ignorant (un-learned) will be swept into this false current. Remember when the world was flat and the earth circled the solar system? History paints a perfect picture……., the “strongest always write history” and “the” majority are NEVER RIGHT! Who killed the Christ?
    All of this is documented and can be found if you really want to know the real story.
    My sincere regards,
    Mike Chisman

    • agentsully October 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm #

      @Michael – I’ve heard that too, that we may actually be entering a cooling period in earth’s history and the global warming phenomenon is actually staving it off a bit.

      Perhaps that is true. However, the way I look at it is, in some sense it doesn’t matter. I think that reducing pollution, being frugal with our limited natural resources, and finding ways to use renewable resources more efficiently can never be wrong.

      Also, it seems that “going green” is usually a net positive on people’s bank accounts so I don’t see how the media benefits at the cost of the masses.

      Thank you so much for contributing your comments here.

  2. Mike wedge October 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    I dont beleieve there is anything with reducing pollution and waste however i think global warming was the biggest farce ever. Soon enough people will realize how stupid they have been about this whole global warming BS

  3. teendudes October 25, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    The CO2 content in atmosphere is nearly 387 ppm which should be reduced to 350 ppm soon for avoiding climate changes. The school students in our locality are advised to turn off electric power at 9 p.m occasionally to achieve this 350.

    Lets strive to create a green society !!!!
    Lets aim at 350 !!!!!

  4. Gucci November 10, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    I think your article should be worldspread read. Every human being should pay attention to the 10 easy ways mentioned.

  5. AED November 18, 2009 at 7:27 am #

    Here is the very good information about how we protect our earth from polution. I think every person should think about the earth. These 10 ways really very useful for us if we follow them

  6. Jason November 19, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    I just did a research paper for my science class, and there are a lot of unknown factors that may or may not result in global warming.. I guess only time will tell.

  7. parfume November 20, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Gobal warming are getting a bigger and bigger problem. Every body has to start thinking about it.
    So start thinking about today

  8. Motivation and Self Improvement November 28, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Thanks for your very useful article. It is recognized that climate change is our common problem. This is closely related to global warming, world temperatures continue to rise, polar ice melting, the ozone layer is kept thin. This calls need to be addressed with a strong cooperation between us. All the nations of the world must really care for this problem. one of the steps can be taken is the policy of reducing emissions of air pollutants.

    • agentsully December 8, 2009 at 11:48 am #

      @Motivation – yes, yes, yes!

  9. Reva December 1, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    Everyone knows about these tips and safety precautions to save the earth for tomorrow’s world. But, no one follows them. Even the great scientists also tell these precautions which they doesn’t follow. One has to transform his mind to the goodness of the world.

  10. Daniel B December 2, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    Hey! Great job for the climate change! I think that if every one of us do some little effort we can change all the world.

  11. Vencenti Winchester December 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Something to keep in mind:

    All the oil refineries in the world currently produce daily one and one half liters of oil for every man woman and child on Earth.

    The average American uses a minimum of six liters per day to support his or her lifestyle.

    That’s four and one half liters of oil more than our share if we are talking about everyone on the planet using an equitable amount of (oil) energy.

    So, the sad truth is that Americans are taking enough energy out of the supply to keep approximately two billion people in the world in dire poverty from the standpoint of energy available to them to support a lifestyle.

    That means that each American must cut back by two thirds+ or the people in poor nations will remain in dire straits when it comes to supporting their comfort.

    With all of the conversation we have regarding the environment, in the US, ask yourself, “Are individual Americans willing to cut their energy use by two thirds? That would mean no air conditioning and very little heat. One car (at most) per family, and many more (Un-American) inconveniences. (No Moms running “practice” errands for two or more children after school.)

    When it comes to shove, no matter how much we publish articles calling for Green action (thereby wasting more energy) no American I know would be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to give other people in other nations their fair share of the oil produced.

    We are just too used to being, well, American, to go much beyond conversation.

    Our actions speak very loudly to the rest of the world.

    China is the biggest consumer of energy in order to produce products primarily for guess who?

    The number of liters of oil each Chinese person has for his or her personal use is less than a liter.

    In other words, Who is kidding who?

    As an example, John Travolta often gives speeches encouraging Americans to cut back. However, John owns five personal jets that he uses to fly to wherever his schedule takes him.

    That is an extreme example but, on a smaller scale, nearly every environmentalist in the US has an energy footprint over three times what it should be if they were to seriously claim to be living a Green lifestyle.

    It is not a pretty picture.

    We are very noisy about the environment in the US. However, that’s just about as far as it goes.

    • agentsully December 8, 2009 at 11:42 am #

      @Vencenti – that is quite sobering. How do you see it playing out? Do you think we’ll be able to save ourselves?

      It seems like it will take both government requirements of cutbacks in usage along with the majority of people having the desire and will to make massive changes.

      Do you have any recommendations? Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!

  12. Manhattan December 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    I think the most important thing is to read scientific journals and know your facts inside and out. There are people who actually believe that climate change is a scam (Usually these people are politically motivated). You need references and sources to show them that this is real and convince them to make some small changes to help.

    • agentsully December 8, 2009 at 11:38 am #

      @Manhattan – good point. I will get some references for my next article! Do you have any that you recommend?

  13. MAICLE December 12, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    Yes global warning is our biggest problem. How to solve that problem its possible?

  14. chan January 24, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Yes global warming are getting a bigger and bigger problem we need help the scientist people to solve this problem.

  15. sangeeta February 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    I do,nt think Americans are violating any natural laws and adding to th problem of climate change.
    I think USA is the only country which is the greenest, cleanest,and really a heaven of earth.
    I laud the American policies which encourage other nations to produce products for them and help them generate employment.

    The tax system in America forces everyone to cut down on energy consumption. One cannot own as many as cars as he wants coz one has to pay a huge insurance for the older cars, thus less carbon emissions.

    The hottest states have made their climate conducive by having more water sources, fountains and made the environment dust free.

    Dispite having extreme weather conditions Americans have learnt to survive in it happily. Adding air-conditioning to their houses is perfect coz each house is situated at a very far distance from the other to avoid emissions from one house to disturb the other.

    Each city, village, locality, forest, lake or whatever is planned and taken care of as not to disturb the natural order. The world must emulate America. If America can do it why can’t we? .Lets all make earth a pleasant place to live by grooming the natural environment and not add concrete buildings and buildings and live in small dingy rooms. have a big heart and big everything….
    love to all.

  16. trustsupplier April 6, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Yes global warning is our biggest problem.

  17. steroizi September 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    sweet dreams … it would be very good is more people would take interest in this matter … hope the future is bright

  18. tian July 28, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Every human being should pay attention about global warming.

  19. russjones July 28, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    We should love our natural environment. We must not ignore taking care of it.

  20. zygot July 29, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    We must love our environment. Let us save the earth for our future children.

  21. Worldmusic Days August 11, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    For me the 10 simple ways to save the earth is very easy, i encourage all for our children

  22. Acowell Site August 11, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Wake up guys we need to save our earth

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