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Climate Change – Play Your Part




A healthy planet and stable climate aren’t political issues.  It’s all about families, communities, energy systems and humanity’s future.  It’s important to get everyone on board, working toward climate solutions.


Here are some ways you can help fight climate change:


Green your commute – The many ways to reduce your transportation emissions will also make you healthier, happier and save you a few bucks.  Whenever you can, take public transit, ride a bike, carpool, work from home or switch to an electric car.  This is an area for my family where we could do better.


Use energy wisely and save some money during the process too!  The changes you can make add up:  change to energy-efficient light bulbs, unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you are not using them, wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water, install a programmable thermostat, use energy-efficient appliances and hang to dry when you can.  You can also winterize your home to prevent heat from escaping and you could get a home energy audit to identify where you can make the most energy-saving gains.  Happy to report that we do/have done all of these things.


Eat for a climate-stable planet – We hear many times the saying “from farm to table”.  This means buy organic and local whenever possible.  Other simple changes you can make to your diet to reduce its climate impact is to eat meat-free meals frequently, eliminate food waste and grow your own food.   Also start giving insects a try!   I know, it may not sound appealing, but keep an open mind.  On a recent trip, our family tried cricket tacos and to our surprise we liked them.


Consume less, waste less and enjoy life more!  Focusing on life’s simple pleasures – spending time in nature, being with loved ones and/or making a difference to others – provides more purpose, belonging and happiness than buying and consuming.  Sharing, making, fixing, upcycling, repurposing and composting are all good places to start.


People are more often influenced by friends than by experts, so make sure to talk about climate change with your friends and family.  Tell them your stories and encourage them to explore ways to help fight climate change!




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