Throughout my day I come across a number of people. I try to encourage them to live a greener life through example rather than being preachy about it. Nobody likes to be lectured on the evils of plastic water bottles but maybe seeing me use my stainless steel one will make them think twice next time they go shopping. While I think I make a difference in the way some people think, I know there are a lot of skeptics out there. So many people either don’t care about their actions or just don’t believe that they can make a difference. Many people outright deny that climate change, global warming, and other environmental issues even exist. To those people I just say that no matter WHAT you believe…we have only been given one planet and the smartest thing we can do for the survival of the human race is to take care of it, right? Personally, while I think climate change is a natural part of the evolution of our planet I am 100% certain that our actions have made it more severe than it should be. If you are looking for ways that you personally can reduce your impact on climate change, here are a few ideas:
Easy Ways to Fight Climate Change
1. Reduce your electricity usage. Replace traditional light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. Turn off appliances when not in use and unplug them. Run your dishwasher and washing machine on the coolest setting possible and line dry your clothes on a nice day.
2. Reduce your water usage. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full. Install low flow shower heads and water conserving toilets. Fix any and all water leaks in your home. Use your water from cooking pasta or steaming veggies to water your outdoor plants.
3. Recycle everything you can. There are creative ways to recycle or reuse a million objects around your home. Check out Recycle More for some ideas or just brows around my website. You will find all sorts of interesting ideas like how to recycle old tennis balls and many more useful tips.
4. Reduce the environmental impact of your food. Choose local and/or organic options whenever you can. Cook from scratch and avoid highly packaged products. Compost your food scraps and learn to garden so you can grow your own fruits and vegetables. When you eat out, take your own plastic container and skip the Styrofoam takeout box. Every little step counts!
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5. Teach others whenever you can. Whether you choose to teach eco friendly lifestyle tips to your kids or lead by example at your inlaws’ house make it a mission to spread the word about environmental causes and climate change. Don’t be preachy and judgmental. Lead by example, educate with consideration, and be respectful. Every baby step counts on the road to going green and lessening your impact on the world around you. I choose to use social media to encourage others to go green and if this sounds like something that would work for you, keep reading about a great initiative that will spread the message all over the internet!
The Climate Reality Project
On October 22 & 23 The Climate Reality Project is bringing the world together for the largest ever discussion about carbon pollution and what it will take to solve the climate crisis once and for all: putting a price on carbon. What is The Climate Reality Project? This organization was founded by Al Gore and is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. They help citizens around the world reject the lies and take meaningful steps to bring about change.
24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon
Social media is a powerful tool to help others learn more about their impact on the environment. We are quickly approaching an important upcoming event called the 24 Hours of Reality and I would love to encourage you to get involved. What is it? The Cost of Carbon is The Climate Reality Project’s third annual broadcast of the award-winning 24 Hours of Reality Event. The goal is to create the world’s largest conversation about the cost of carbon pollution. This global, live-streamed multi-media event will broadcast live from Los Angeles beginning at 11 a.m. PDT on October 22nd through October 23rd.
How can you get involved?
Spread the Word: Last year, the 24 Hours of Reality website got more than 16 million views. With your help, we can raise even greater awareness about climate change and engage an even larger number of people around the world.
Join the Conversation: Help make 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon the largest-ever discussion about carbon pollution and a lasting solution: a market price on carbon. Join the Google+ Hangout with Al Gore, Jason Mraz, Mashable and Do Something on October 21.
Sign up for the Cost Of Carbon Thunderclap with Facebook or Twitter: Thunderclap is a social media tool to help people be heard by sending out a timed message amplifying individual voices and sweeping social media with a unified message that demands attention. Sign up for the CostOfCarbon Thunderclap at: https://www.thunderclap.it
Join the #ClimateReality Twitter Party: Did you know that 90 million tons of carbon pollution enters the atmosphere every day? Chances are, you’re exposed to the cost of carbon pollution in ways you don’t even realize. The Climate Reality Project chairman and former Vice President Al Gore will be on hand during the Twitter party, and others from the organization will be tweeting from @ClimateReality to help us bring attention to the cause and sharing effective ways that we can spread the word and cut back on carbon pollution.
DETAILS FOR #CLIMATEREALITY TWITTER PARTY
When: Tuesday, October 22, at 2p ET / 1p CT / 10a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #ClimateReality hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: http://twtvite.com/climatereality
Hosts: @ClimateReality, @AlGore, @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
Prizes! We will award five prizes throughout the party, with winners chosen randomly based on correct responses to trivia questions. The prizes will help you spread the word about climate change – each consists of an I AM PRO SNOW hat and t-shirt from The Climate Reality Project.
Eligibility for prizes is limited to participants in the United States who are 18 years of age and over.
Spread the Message!
— Diane Hoffmaster (@turningclockbac) October 21, 2013
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.