How You Can Help Slow Climate Change

Reducing the amount of carbon you put into the atmosphere doesn't have to be hard. In fact, it can be easy! Here are a few ways you can help slow climate change. 

  1. Use alternative transportation. Walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus.
  2. Plant a tree! Trees near buildings can reduce the need for air conditioning and heating and help isolate carbon.
  3. Shop for food locally. Your food won't have to travel as far to get to you.
  4. Eat less meat. Try eating one meatless meal a week.
  5. Use less water and energy. Turn off lights, take shorter showers, and buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Try opting into a renewable energy plan through your energy provider.
  6. Spread the word. Talk to your friends and family about the causes of climate change.
  7. Skip the plane ride. Consider a stay-cation right here in Minnesota!
  8. Contact legislators. Tell your local, state and federal leaders about your concerns.
  9. Set a trend – shop second hand! If you have to buy new, research your purchases.
  10. Know your impact. Find out your carbon footprint.
  11. Compost and recycle. 
  12. Try citizen science. Contribute to climate change studies by collecting data. 
  13. Vote! Cast your vote for leaders and policies that support the environment.
  14. Get involved. Can’t vote? Join a network of youth advocates, such as Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota.
  15. Act on policy solutions. Advocate for clean energy, climate education, protecting our natural resources, and green infrastructure.

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