Twelve Really Important Things you can do to help stop global warming
1. Get active: Talk with your friends, your teachers and your parents about what you could do. For a start, you could write to or call your country's politicians telling them that you're worried about climate change and why. If enough people make a fuss, they have to do something.
If you live in the USA, you can find out who to contact at USA.gov.
2. Know what damage
you're doing and get to be
It's not much
use trying to change
something if you're part of the problem or you don't understand
what it's all about!
3.Why drive when you can walk?! If your family has a car, get them to use it less. Walk to the shops. Walking, running, skipping are all much more fun than sitting in a boring un-cool car. If you need to travel further than you can walk, use a bus, metro or train if you can.
4. Make your own climate!
tip from a cool penguin
It's a no-brainer really!
5. Shop locally: If you can, buy your food from local farm shops and try and avoid imported goods. Or get your family to join a veg box schemeVeg box schemesIn many countries, local farms offer boxes of fresh veg and fruit which they can usually deliver to your door. Use a search engine for 'veg box schemes' in your country. Trucks and planes bringing in food and stuff from other countries, or from distant parts of your own country, use huge amounts of fuel.
6. Travelling light: Don't travel long distances unless you really have to. Particularly try and avoid using aeroplanes and big, gas-guzzling cars like SUVs. See if your friends and parents could holiday locally
7. Get your parents to change their driving habits... and perhaps their car! Cars guzzle fuel, but they use much less if people drive them gently and keep below speed limits. Big SUVs make about six times their own weight in CO2 each year. A small efficient diesel or hybrid car covering the same distance not only uses much less fuel, it makes less CO2. For shorter journeys, electric cars are now becoming both cheaper and more popular. Find out more about electric cars here.
8. Solar energy is free: see if you can get your parents and friends interested in free solar energy -- that's energy from the sun and wind. Solar panels can help you get much of your hot water and heating from the sun and even generate electricity. And it's exciting building all these things. If you live in a windy place, a wind turbine - also called 'windmill'- really is a serious option. More and more people are installing them and more and more companies are producing well-designed, sturdy machines. Here's a great video (like Wallace and Gromit!) about wind turbines. Generating your own power is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
9. Eating:Learn to cook! Home cooking is not only fun, it means you don't have to drive to a takeaway or fast food restaurant. Result? Less pollution. If you make a garden, you can grow much of your own food. Did you know that if youeat fewer meat and dairy products, you can reduce greenhouse gas output? (Here's why.) And composting your waste food means it doesn't have to be trucked away to a landfill waste dump where it will cause more pollution including methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. [why doesn't composting make methane?]
Some Cool Kids - aged between 11 and 14 in San Diego, California, USA - are fighting against global warming in a really smart way. They've made a website which explains why eating much less meat is so important. It's a great site so please take a look. You can join them and commit to eating less meat!
10. Reduce, reuse, recycle:
Remember your three Rs!
11. Turn off and shut it!
Don't keep this a secret: the future could be Tradable Energy Quotas
So climate change is not all gloom and doom. There's plenty you can do.
Please please remember: how you choose to use energy affects all life on Earth. The more energy you use, the more the planet warms up. So please think before you act... and turn off that light. Everything you do like that helps a little!
What do you think about climate change? Have you any good ideas about what we can do to make things better? If you do, please write to me. As long as your message is sensible and friendly, I promise to reply.
OK kids. It's your planet. Please treat it kindly!
Did you find my climate change guide useful? If you did, please tell your friends about it. Thank you and good luck with fixing planet Earth's climate problem!