Really Important Things you
can do to help stop global warming
Talk with your friends,
your teachers and your parents.
If you live in the UK, you can all make your voices heard on oneclimate,
a special place for meeting up with like-minded people
to help fix climate change. Get your parents and teachers involved!
Why not get your school to join as a group? Take
a look at oneclimate! It's completely FREE.
can also 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.
In the UK, WriteToThem
tells you who your representative is. For Australia, click here.
For Canada, click here.
For India, click here.
a remarkable alternative view of how to tackle climate change, take
a look at this video...
Know what damage
you're doing and get to be an expert!
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!
Why not start by finding out what your
Footprint is. (My friend Jasmine wrote to suggest
a Carbon Footprint? You can easily work out what your carbon
footprint is with Carbon
you feel you need to find out more about global warming,
try some of my links.
out: Don't believe all you read or see. Not everybody tells the
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.
your own climate!
the heating down in winter. If you're cold, wear more clothes!
the air conditioning down in summer or use a fan.
tip from a cool penguin
When it's hot, dress cool;
When it's cool, dress hot!
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
your parents to change their driving habits... and 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
car covering the same distance not only uses much less fuel; it makes
two thirds less CO2.
energy is free: see
if you can get your parents and friends
interested in free
-- that's energy from the sun and wind. Solar
panels at verengo 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
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 you eat 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?]
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!
things off may seem a boring turn-off hee
But leaving lights, heating, air conditioning, computers, TVs
and stuff on when you don't need them wastes a lot of energy.
Turning them off saves money too!
Don't keep this a secret: the future could be Tradable Energy Quotas
What?!? This is one cool secret which
no one seems to know about so you really must tell everyone! Don't
be put off if you don't know what TEQs (also called DTQs) are; I
didn't either. But they look like a fair way to help slow global
warming and energy shortages. So get your head round TEQs here
and then be sure to tell everyone! Way to go...
How can you use solar power for cycling? Simple:
plants use the sun to make and store energy. Your food mostly
comes from plants (or animals that have eaten plants). The food
gives you energy... so when you walk or jump on your bike, you
too are using stored solar power.
you see climate change is not all gloom and doom. There's
plenty you can do.
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!
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.
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