We can all take action in our daily lives and communities to reduce our carbon footprint. Not only can we help protect the environment, but many solutions can also help you save money! Here are some things you can do to actively help the ocean and marine mammals.
Check out some ideas below, and find your carbon footprint at: Carbon Footprint Calculator.
Switch to Renewable Energy
The cost of solar and wind energy have been dropping rapidly over the last few years and in 16 states (including California) it is cheaper to use solar energy than fossil fuels! Investing in solar energy for your home or business has never been easier!
- Check out a new program from Google called Project Sunroof. This new website allows you to use Google Earth to see how much money you might be able to save by adding solar panels to your roof or business!
- Programs such as GoSolarSF and MCE have helped local communities in the SF Bay Area install solar at an affordable price and many Community Choice Aggregation programs, or CCAs, are available around the country to help in your neighborhood. For more information about programs in your state, visit: Lean Energy US.
Rethink Your Meals
What we eat can have a big climate impact. From the energy it takes to produce the food, to how it gets to our plates, our choices make a difference. Eating lower on the food chain, like vegetables and grains, and buying local can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.
- Supporting farmers markets not only benefits local communities and businesses, but also cuts down on the carbon emissions the food travels to get the food to your plate!
- The growing of livestock is extremely energy intensive. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has calculated that 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are from the production of lifestock. Skipping just one meat dish a week is the equivalent of driving over 1,100 miles less each year!
- When we dispose of food in a landfill, the food releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. Rather than throw unused food in the trash, set up composting at your home or business and cut those emissions to zero!
Reduce Your Use of Plastic
Plastic is made of petroleum and therefore contributes to our use of fossil fuels (in addition to being responsible for a large portion of ocean trash). By taking simple actions in our homes, schools and businesses, we can reduce of plastic footprint.
- Support local businesses that use environmentally friendly materials for packaging and toys
- Bring your own stainless steel reusable water bottles rather than single-use plastic bottles
- Utilize reusable cloth produce and grocery bags for purchases at stores and markets
- Say no to plastic straws! Since plastic lasts forever, if you don’t need to use it, just say “no straw please”
- For more information on ocean trash and to make a pledge for how you going to take action, check out our other pages at: Stop Trashing Our Oceans