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Informed, individual action is necessary to slow climate change. Everyday choices and actions by people, when multiplied across the globe, have great potential in minimizing climate change. Even the smallest of acts can have positive results, and individuals can serve as models of green living for others to follow. There are countless small steps that individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint, including the following:

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  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or other efficient alternatives Recycle and use recycled products
  • Inflate your car tires to increase your car's mileage
  • Walk or bike instead of driving a car
  • Consider reducing meat consumption. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that meat production is responsible for nearly 20% of global GHG emissions.

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  • Plant a tree
  • Turn down the heat and air conditioning
  • Take shorter showers
  • Make sure windows are sealed
  • When shopping, bring your own reusable bag
  • Stop junk mail deliveries, which are a tremendous waste of paper and energy. Click for more informationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..
  • Donate unwanted goods instead of putting them into a landfill
  • Use rechargeable batteries
  • Compost your organic waste rather than putting it into a landfill
  • When purchasing a car, consider a hybrid vehicle
  • Carpool with friends and co-workers
Last Updated: 08/20/2012