I was ready to spend christmas in DC, I bought a pair of snow shoes, bought some winter clothes expecting snow. I was coming back from Chicago where the temperature was around 30 F, I was with the idea to play with snow and get ready, but I finished running in DC with shorts and a light shirt. Well, I believe everybody has to know that we are suffering the climate change. There are still people denying this fact, it is important that those people be less every day, climate change is here, we have to adapt and
Global Warming is a dramatically urgent and serious problem. We don’t need to wait for governments to find a solution for this problem: each individual can bring an important help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things. It’s the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.
The biggest cause of global warming is the carbon dioxide released when fossil fuels — such as oil and coal — are burned for energy. So when you save energy, you fight global warming and save money, too.
Here are some important tips that you can do in order to fight climate change:
Raise your voice. Government needs to enact new laws that cap carbon emissions and require polluters pay for the global warming gases that they produce. Send a message to your elected officials, letting them know that you will hold them accountable for what they do — or fail to do — about global warming.
Choose renewable energy. Pick a Green-e-certified energy supplier that generates at least half of its power from wind, solar energy and other clean sources. If you don’t have that option, look at your current electricity bill to see if you are able to support renewable energy in another way. For details, see NRDC’s guide to buying clean energy.
Offset your carbon footprint. You can make up for your remaining carbon output by purchasing carbon offsets. Offsets represent clean power that you can add to the nation’s energy grid in place of power from fossil fuels. Not all offset companies are alike. See our guide to carbon offsets for tips on how to choose an offset supplier.
Choose an efficient vehicle: High-mileage cars such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids use less gas and save money. Over its lifetime, a 40-mpg car will save roughly $3,000 in fuel costs compared with a 20-mpg car. Compare fuel economy performance before you buy.
Weatherize your home or apartment. Heating and cooling consume about 40 percent of energy in the home. Sealing drafts and making sure that your home has adequate insulation are two easy ways to become more energy-efficient. Learn how to take advantage of federal tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements.
Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. What’s more, CFLs lower your energy bills and keep a half-ton of carbon dioxide out of the air. Learn more on the benefits of switching to CFLs or LEDs.
Drive less. Choose alternatives to driving such as public transit, biking, walking and carpooling, and bundle your errands to make fewer trips. Choosing to live in a walkable “smart growth” community near a transportation hub will mean less time driving, less money spent on gas and less pollution in the air. Learn more about smart growth communities.