Solutions to Global Climate Change

Mix humanity with ingenuity,

Change pollutions into solutions!

Walk or bike - drive less -

Exercise and help the mess.

A hybrid-electric car beats an SUV -

Saves the Earth and your money!

Ask for public transportation across the nation.

Buy food that’s locally grown, and vacation close to home.

Insulation in your walls helps your heating bill fall.

Keep the Earth in tune,

Shut the lights and stereo when you leave the room.

Efficient bulbs and machines change the climate scene.

Heat and a/c use lots of power -

GREEN power saves money by the kilowatt hour!

Garbage creates CO2, so reduce, reuse and recycle, too!

Learn where to shop and what not to buy,

Your money talks, you can’t deny!

Saving trees helps cool the breeze.

It’s all about how we choose the energy we use.

Don’t sit and worry about climate change,

Let’s take charge and re-arrange,

Tell your family, friends, and teachers -

We can protect all Earth’s creatures.

So many Solutions! So much we can do!

Little things add up to meet

The challenge to beat the heat!

More about solutions to global climate change

On these pages, you’ll find a bunch of ways cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, make the Earth healthier for all people and all living things, and save money!

There are many a reas of our lives where smart actions will save money while helping the environment:

Climate smart money-savers will reduce energy use and the resulting emissions of carbon dioxide - a major contributor to global warming - and other atmospheric gases that trap the heat of the Earth. Even if we do only about one-third of the actions on this list, we can reduce our emissions of heat-trapping "greenhouse gases" (ghg’s) like carbon dioxide by 12,280 pounds per year.

Today, the United States pumps more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other country in the world. Each of us contributes about 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, whereas the world average per capita is about 6 tons.
The good news is that there are many ways you and your family can help reduce carbon dioxide pollution and improve the environment for you and your children:

Revisit your landscaping practices :

Plant deciduous trees in strategic locations around your home, including easement areas if permitted. The shade the trees cast can reduce your energy consumption. In addition to energy savings, another benefit is that trees store ("sequester") carbon during photosynthesis and can remove 50 pounds of carbon in a year.

Design your yard for xeriscaping (plants that require little watering).
Use a composting lawnmower. Composting yard waste on site reduces the waste stream sent to your community’s landfill, and landfills generate a potent gas called "methane" that adds to global warming. Landfill and industry gases can be captured and channeled to be re-used as fuel.

Using a push mower instead of a power mower will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 pounds per year.

Practice wise waste management :

Rethink your transportation options :

Educate others . Let friends and family know about these practical, energy-saving steps they can take to save money while protecting the environment.

Pressure elected officials to adopt or exceed the goals of the Kyoto Protocol , the international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, ratified by the industrial nations of the world (with the exception of the U.S. ). Communicate and work with elected officials on the state and local levels, and with city councils and school boards to establish and implement a plan for renewable energy sources. Tired of waiting for the federal government to take action on climate change, eight states in the U.S. have now adopted their own action plans for reducing greenhouse gases.

Remember that every voice, every letter, and a cumulative pressure creates positive change.

Remember that there is a certain set of chemical conditions that allow for life. When human activity disrupts that natural balance, we disrupt the chemical conditions that support healthy human lives.

It’s important for us to realize that we are all connected, all over the world, and to understand that what we do influences everywhere else. The waters of the world are all connected and so are we. The greenhouse gases we produce travel through the air and end up trapped in layers of ice in the Arctic ! The interdependence between the Earth and humanity exists in more ways that we ever imagined. The Earth supports us as long as we support it.

Ask ourselves how we feel about ourselves and observe how we treat each other and the Earth. Ask ourselves what needs in ourselves are we trying to fill with bigger cars, etc., and why we let advertisers tell us what we need, and that we need more, more, more. Get informed, and THINK FOR OURSELVES!!!

The challenge of climate change gives us the opportunity to evolve as human beings, to stop thinking like cavemen, and adopt a new long-term thinking and vision for our lives that takes into account: (1) our health, (2) the health of others around the world, (3) the health of future generations, (4) economic effects of climate change, (5) economic advantages to using clean, renewable fuels as our sources of energy.