Sometimes, when a problem is global in scale, it’s hard to believe that the actions of one person can make a difference. But even small acts of empowerment can have big results. And since so many things affect our climate, you might be surprised at all the ways you can make a difference!
Here are some things you can do right now:
purchase green electricity
Voluntary buy-in to EPA-certified green power has soared with 41% annual growth rates since 2004, and one in four utilites now offering the green power upgrade option. If you haven't joined yet, it's a simple and effective way to green your home's power. Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network
PURCHASE AN ELECTRIC OR HYBRID VEHICLE
Americans are choosing greener vehicles--the average fuel efficiency of cars on the road in the U.S. has gone up steadily for the past 10 years. Don't get left behind in a gas guzzler! Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network
EAT A LOW CARBON DIET
A third of all food emissions in the United States come from red meat and dairy products, while chicken and vegetables have up to ten times smaller footprints per serving, so small diet switches can make a BIG difference. Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network.
telecommute to work
Not every job is suited for telecommuting, but if you can work from home the environmental and quality-of-life perks are quite compelling! Source: University of California at Berkeley's Cool Climate Network.
Limit your use of fossil fuels
Every day you make choices about how to get to work, what temperature to set your thermostat, what products you buy, and a range of other things big and small. Many of these decisions have an impact on your “carbon footprint” – how much fossil fuel consumption, and therefore greenhouse gas emissions, result from your choices.
A wealth of information is available on low-carbon choices you can make. Biking to work instead of walking. Using more efficient light bulbs in your home. Unplugging electric devices when not in use. These actions and many others reduce your carbon footprint and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that promote climate change.
BE MINDFUL OF YOUR OVERALL IMPACT
The fact is that every choice we make impacts the environment in some way, and increases the chances that climate change effects will impact us negatively. Share your tips for leading a sustainable lifestyle on Facebook, and read more everyday tips on how to change the world!
When you offset your carbon footprint you help to slow climate change and to save and restore critical wildlife habitat. Measure your carbon footprint right now, and then offset your footprint.
The Nature Conservancy’s climate change work is ambitious, and touches every part of the globe – from a summit of world leaders in Paris at COP21, to adaptation work in Southeast Asia, to an activated citizens’ meeting in Ohio on energy efficiency. We need your help to make change happen. Please donate to support our climate change work today.
About The Nature Conservancy Carbon Offset Program
Climate change and forest experts designed and implemented this program, which will produce measurable benefits to the atmosphere and meet or exceed the highest standards available today for voluntary carbon markets.
Read about the types of projects that your contribution helps to support:
- Rio Bravo Climate Action Project and Valdivian Coastal Reserve Climate Action Project.
- Meeting High Standards: See how our carbon offset program meets and exceeds the highest scientific standards.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Have more questions about our carbon offset program? Read our detailed FAQs.
- What to Look for in a Carbon Offset Program: With many divergent groups offering a variety of attractive options, who knows how to judge good, better and best? Find out what to look for in a carbon offset program.
Projects within the program are designed to meet or exceed the highest standards available today for voluntary carbon markets.
If you have any additional questions, concerns or comments about the standards used in the offset program, please don’t hesitate to contact us and tell us what you think about climate change, forest carbon projects and the carbon market.