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The Best Things You Can do to Fight against Climate Change ...

By Neecey

Donald Trump's action of pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement has led to many more people asking how can I help to stop climate change? Climate change is a global issue but we can each take responsibility for our own actions and our own carbon footprint. The more of us that care and take steps to stop climate change, the greater the impact will be. The David Suzuki Foundation has published a list of simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint which are ultimately ways to help stop climate change. Are you ready to help safeguard the planet for future generations?

1 Get Involved

flower, plant, field, lavender, grass family,Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you're at the polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies.

2 Be Energy Efficient

blue, lighting,You already switch off lights — what's next? Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so hang dry when you can. Install a programmable thermostat. Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances. And a home energy audit is cheaper than you think — book one today to find even more ways to save energy.

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3 Choose Renewable Power

wind farm, windmill, wind turbine, horizon, sunrise,Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn't offer this option yet, ask it to.

4 Eat Wisely

meal, flower arranging, floristry, flower, christmas decoration,Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production. Food writer Michael Pollan sums it up best: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

5 Trim Your Waste

food, produce, plant, fruit, vegetable,Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Keep stuff out of landfills by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings, and recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Let store managers and manufacturers know you want products with minimal or recyclable packaging.

6 Let Polluters Pay

flower, plant, field, grass family, prairie,Carbon taxes make polluting activities more expensive and green solutions more affordable, allowing energy-efficient businesses and households to save money. They are one of the most effective ways to reduce Canada's climate impact. If your province doesn't have a carbon tax, ask your premier and MLA to implement one.

7 Fly Less

blue, clothing, vacation, footwear, spring,Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider greener options such as buses or trains, or try vacationing closer to home. You can also stay in touch with people by videoconferencing, which saves time as well as travel and accommodation costs.

8 Get Informed

flower, plant, field, tulip, botany,Follow the latest news about climate change. Sign up to a website that regularly keeps you updated. Mother Nature Network is one of my favorite sites.

9 Green Your Commute

vehicle, motorcycle, road, bicycle, motorcycling,Transportation causes about 25 per cent of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, so walk, cycle or take transit whenever you can. You'll save money and get into better shape! If you can't go car-free, try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

10 Support and Donate

pink, flower arranging, flower, floristry, christmas decoration,Many organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are working hard on solutions to climate change and rely on financial support from citizens like you. Consider making a donation today.

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