Repeating “Happy Earth Day” to family and friends today isn’t enough. The holiday is, in fact, a call to action for us all to do what we can to save the planet from climate change and pollution.
For years, Earth has been flashing a RED ALERT about global warming. Oceans, the atmosphere and the land are heating up. As a result, we’re seeing mega-droughts, hotter and longer heat waves, fierce wildfires, stronger more damaging storms, rapid snow and ice melt in Antarctica and Greenland and sea level rise flooding.
To stop global warming, we need to curtail the burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil and natural gas — that release greenhouse gases. We can all play a role by conserving energy. Here’s how:
1. Drive only when necessary, consolidate trips and share the ride.
2. Purchase the most fuel efficient vehicles we can afford and ride public transportation when available.
3. Weather-proof our homes and offices.
4. Buy energy-efficient appliances.
5. Turn off lights and electronics that aren’t in use.
6. Buy only goods we actually need.
7. Eat a more plant-based diet.
8. Vote ONLY for candidates who are dedicated to fighting climate change.
The last point is critically important. Leaders on the federal, state and local levels are setting the policies that will (or won’t) allow us to reduce and nearly eliminate the use of fossil fuels. We need strong, motivated leaders to get the job done.
Together, we can prevent the climate change catastrophe we’re headed for if we don’t act aggressively to combat it. The time to for us all to start is NOW!