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Backround is a pointy mountain with three peaks and clouds surrounding, in the middle is a blue body of water and in the foreground is tall grass with white wildflowers and a small tree on the right sideIf you’ve made it this far, thank you!  Our goal is to raise as much awareness as possible around the issues of greenhouse gas emissions and their contributions toward the climate crisis.  We are already experiencing catastrophic effects around the globe, and they are projected to get much worse, potentially displacing 2 billion people, interrupting food supplies, irreversibly damaging ecosystems and wiping out fifty percent of the world's plant and animal life by 2100.  By some estimates, we have less than a decade to completely decarbonize our planet if we want to avoid the worst-case scenarios.

 And while individual actions alone will not make all the difference - just 100 corporations are responsible for 71% of global emissions - every little bit helps.  Here are some easy things you can do to reduce you and your family’s carbon emissions.

Write Your Representatives

Your local and national elected officials love to hear from you!  You’re the whole reason they have a job, so make them earn all those feet-on-desk butt burps!  Ask them what they’re doing to combat emissions and our climate emergency, and why aren’t they throwing their entire weight behind local public and active transportation initiatives?  And why are they still accepting donations from fossil fuel companies?  Find out who your local reps are here, and remember the words of Frederick Douglass: “Power concedes nothing without a demand,” so start demanding.

Skip The Car

Did you know that almost half of all car trips are three miles or less?  That’s well within the range of most people on a bicycle or even on foot!  Recent studies show that leaving the car in the driveway even one day a week can significantly reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Eat Less Meat

Estimates show that the commercial livestock industry contributes anywhere from 10-50% of global greenhouse gas emissions - think about it, all those friendly cows, chickens, and pigs fart, too!  Recent studies indicate that commercial livestock farming takes up 83% of global farmland but provides only 18% of the calories we eat.  And then they still have to be packaged and transported when they’re ready for the grocery store.  Eating a plant-based diet for just one day a week (hello, meatless Mondays!) is the equivalent of taking your car off the road for five weeks!  Not to mention the fact that it’s a healthy choice for you, too, so take a stroll on down to the local farmer’s market and pick up some vegetables.

Take The Train

Even though we all love traveling, commercial airline flights are responsible for up to 5% of global warming, which means that mile-for-mile, airline flights are potentially more damaging to the climate than any other forms of travel.  Even taking one fewer flight per year can add up to a big savings.

Skip The Dryer

Even if your house doesn’t have solar power, your yard does!  Air-drying your clothes can reduce your household’s carbon footprint by up to 2400 lbs per year - that’s one-hundred and twenty years worth of farts!

Purchase Renewable Offsets for your Home Energy Consumption

Let’s face it.  Many of us don’t have the resources or ability to install solar panels where we live.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t use carbon and renewable offsets for our own home energy usage!  Organizations such as Arcadia Power, Sun Light and Power, and SunCommon provide very simple ways to do exactly that, for often the same or a very slightly adjusted rate as you’re already paying for electricity and gas.  Check with your local municipal utility as well, as they may allow you to opt-in to their own clean and renewable power programs often for very low costs.