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.
you live in the USA, you can find out
who to contact at USA.gov.
India, click here.
the UK, WriteToThem tells
you who your representative
Australia, click here.
Canada, click here.
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!
Why not start by finding out what your
Footprint is. (My friend Jasmine
wrote to suggest this!) What's
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. And
watch out: Don't believe all you read
or see. Not everybody tells the truth!
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
it's hot, dress cool
When it's cool, dress hot!
a no-brainer really!
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.
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 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!
Remember your three Rs!
- Reduce: the
most important. If you don't buy
so much stuff in the first place,
then you don't need to reuse or recycle
- Reuse whatever
you can (like plastic
supermarket bags). If you can't
- Recycle it!
off and shut it!
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!
t' wood in t' 'ole" if
it's warm in one room and cold
in another. The door helps keep
the heat in.
things on standby (like TVs, computers and stuff) also uses a
surprising amount of energy.
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 they could be 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