Blog Action Day 2009: Climate Change

It's Blog Action Day, folks! I'm joining the thousands of other bloggers from around the world who are using their voices to address one very important issue: climate change. I'm by no means an expert on the topic. So, I've read up on its causes and effects and learned about changes that I can make to my lifestyle (simple ones at that!) to lessen my contribution to the problem. The EPA and The Nature Conservancy websites are good places to start if you're interested in doing the same.

I've learned that climate change has been linked to a few things that really hit close to home for me as a native South Floridian:
While there is no way to reverse the changes that have already taken place, there are things that we can do today to decrease the emission of heat-trapping gases to hopefully slow down or prevent further changes. Here are just some of the things that you can do:
  • turn off lights and unplug electric appliances when not in use
  • choose Energy Star qualified products
  • replace light bulbs with longer lasting, more efficient CFL bulbs
  • practice the Three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle!
  • walk or bike short distances instead of driving
  • carpool or take mass transit whenever possible
  • wash laundry on the coldest possible setting, line dry if you can!
  • give your home's heating & cooling systems an energy efficient check-up
  • support your local growers by purchasing their fresh produce
  • BYOB: Bring your own bags (the reusable kind) to the grocery store
  • write to your elected government officials and voice your concerns
There are so many other easy ways to do your part! Check here, here and here for other ideas.

One way that I've been cutting back on energy use in our kitchen is by using our smaller countertop convection oven rather than firing up the huge one beneath our stove. I've made everything from pizza and roasted chicken to cookies in it... and it works beautifully! Plus it cuts down the cooking time by up to 25%! :o)

What are some things that you do to live a little greener?

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