The other day when I was writing my post about Climate Change, I said that I've looked at the "How you can help" lists on Al Gore's website (and David Suzuki's website), and I can put a check-mark next to most of the suggested 'actions you can take'. So I did some more digging online to see if there were other lists of suggestions, and I did find quite a few. And then I thought - why don't I post what I've found and ask for more suggestions? So I've created a meme. Here's how it works:
A. Copy the list below to your own journal and
Bold the actions you are already taking
Underline the actions you plan to start taking
Italicize the actions that don't apply to you
B. Add one (or more) suggested action(s) of your own
C. Leave a comment here, so that I can track the meme to your journal, and copy your suggested action(s) back to my master list.
In a couple of weeks, I'll post again with the expanded list, and possibly some comments about the most (and least) popular actions.
1. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
2. Choose energy efficient appliances
3. Wash clothes in cold(er) water
4. Turn the thermostat of your hot water tank down to 50°C (125°F)
5. Install a programmable thermostat (or turn the heat down over night and when you're out of the house)
6. Register with the Canadian Marketing Association's Do Not Contact Service to reduce the amount of junk mail delivered to your house.
7. Eat less meat (particularly feedlot beef)
8. Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit as often as possible
9. Make sure you know what can be recycled in your area, and try to recycle as much household waste as possible
10. Compost using an outdoor compost bin or an indoor vermicomposter
11. Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
12. Buy local, organic or fair trade food where possible
13. Reduce air travel
14. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket
15. Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible
16. Plant a tree
17. Buy fresh foods instead of frozen (Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce)
18. Keep your car tuned up and your tires inflated to their optimal pressure
19. Use biodegradable dishwashing liquid, laundry soap powder, etc.
20. Drink tap water (filtered if necessary) rather than buying bottled water
21. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
22. Unplug seldom-used appliances and chargers for phones, cameras, etc., when you're not using them
23. Plug air leeks and drafts around doors and windows with weatherstripping
24. Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.
25. Consider garage sales, Freecycle, eBay, or borrowing from friends/family before buying a new tool or appliance