Following my article earlier about Lewis Gordon Pugh and his attempt to kayak to the North Pole to draw the worlds’ attention to how quickly it is melting, and also following our rant the other day about extreme …. everythings, including climate, plus our mention of the swing towards the environment at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, I thought I would post, at this opportune time, Lewis Pugh’s helpful hints as to what YOU can do to help the environment.
The Arctic is in serious danger, but there are many things we can do to make a difference. And every one person can make a difference!
Change at Home
Wherever you are – at work, out shopping, outdoors, on the road, in schools, or at home – there are opportunities to save energy and reduce your environmental impact.
01 Know Your Footprint
A footprint calculator measures the impact of our activities on the environment, and relates to the resources we use and greenhouse gases we produce daily. Decreasing the size of our footprints can make a big difference in battling climate change. We recommend measuring your footprint online at footprint.wwf.org.uk and making a commitment to reduce it every six months.
02 Offset Your Emissions
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, a great way to help stop global warming is by off-setting carbon emissions. We encourage you to support a Gold Standard carbon-reducing project like energy efficiency and renewable energy.
03 Find a Greener Way to Get Around
You can save energy by taking the bus, riding a bike, or walking instead of using automobiles for transportation. If you buy a car, make fuel efficiency a top priority, and carpool and consolidate errands as often as possible.
04 Use Green Power
Switch your home electricity to a renewable energy supplier. Also ask your place of work, worship and local shops to make the switch as well.
Change the World
01 Know the Issues
Knowledge is the best defense. Arm yourself with the facts. Learn everything you can about Arctic Issues. Our Get the Facts page is a starting point. Once you see how quickly the North Pole is changing, you’ll see why we need to tackle climate change today.
02 Talk to Your Friends
Word of Mouth is our most powerful tool! Talk with others about climate change to encourage your family, friends and coworkers to make changes at work, home and school. Tell your friends about the Polar Defense Project! Link to the PDP from your website or blog, or share this website with your friends.
03 Talk to Local Leaders
Tell your legislators why climate change is important. If you live in the US, you can find your senators at http://senate.gov and your representative at http://www.house.gov. If you live in the UK, you can find out who your MP is at parliament.uk/commons and you can learn more about contacting Lords here parliament.uk/about/how/members.
If you feel strongly about this subject – you know what you can do to help… over to you!