Five Ideas for Reducing Your Contribution to Climate Change

October 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

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A leading authority in cultural resource management, Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin founded the Louisiana-based R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates in 1981. R. Christopher Goodwin, PhD, also has experience in assessing the long term effects of past climate change on human societies after the melting of the Laurentide ice sheets. and frequently lectures on the topic. The following list provides a series of suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint and limiting your contribution to climate change.

1. Practice energy efficiency. In addition to switching off the lights when you leave a room, consider switching to more energy-efficient lighting, such as fluorescents or LEDs. You also can unplug electronic devices such as televisions and computers when they are not in use, and purchase appliances with an Energy Star label of approval.

2. Reconsider your commuter options. Transportation accounts for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions, so consider other options for commuting, such as carpooling or using public transit systems. If you live close to your place of employment, you may want to bike or walk to work.

3. Eat more organic foods. The production of processed foods, red meat, and dairy contributes to approximately a third of food emission levels. Incorporate more organic and locally grown foods into your diet, specifically fruits and vegetables. Additionally, replace frozen foods with fresh items, as frozen foods use 10 times more energy to produce.

4. Support renewable energy efforts. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, wave and biomass help negate climate change, but a number of regulatory barriers impede their installation on a national level. Show your support for renewable energy sources and participate in efforts to encourage their use.

5. Stay informed. Educate yourself on the causes and effects of climate change, and stay informed om the latest developments. This will help you make more informed lifestyle and voting decisions.

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