Ten Things You Can Do to Reduce Global Warming

Sat, 09/01/2007

Burning fossil fuels such as natural gas, coal, oil and gasoline raises the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and global warming. You personally can help reduce the demand for fossil fuel with 10 simple actions. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Choose reusable products instead of disposables. Buy products with minimal packaging. Whenever you can, recycle paper, plastic, newspaper, glass and aluminum cans. Use Less Heat and Air Conditioning: Insulating your house and installing weather stripping or caulking around doors and windows can reduce heating/cooling costs by more than 25%. Lower the heat when you are sleeping or away from a room. Change a Light Bulb: Replace regular light bulbs with compact florescent light bulbs (CFL). CFLs last 10 times longer and use 2/3 less energy and give off 70% less heat. Drive Less and Drive Smart: Besides saving gasoline, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. If you drive, keep your tires properly inflated. That improves your mileage by 3%. Buy Energy Efficient Products: Buying a new car? Choose one that offers good gas mileage. Buy home appliances that are the energy-efficient models. Use Less Hot Water: Wrap your water heater in an insulating blanket if it is more than 5 years old. Using low-flow showerheads saves hot water and energy. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water. Use the “Off” Switch: Turn off lights, your television, stereo, and computer when not in use. Turn off the water when you are not using it while brushing your teeth, shampooing your hair or the dog. Keep the water off until you need it to rinse. Plant A Tree: Trees absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. A single tree will absorb approximately one-ton/908 kilos of carbon dioxide during its lifetime. Encourage Other To Conserve: Share information about recycling and energy conservation. Take the opportunity to lobby elected officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment. Reread This List and Do Something. By: Brother Moy Bitchen an Australian Christian Brother is the Christian Brothers’ international promoter of environmental justice.