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Positive change through action is our motto, and we believe that each individual has the ability to make a difference. Learn more about what you can do for the climate today.

Positive change through action is our motto, and we believe that each individual has the ability to make a difference. Learn more about what you can do for the climate today.

19 September 2010 Cyclists against Climate Change in Hong Kong

Nearly 900 cyclists support the Greenpeace campaign against climate change by taking part of a round-trip tour between Central and North Point in Hong Kong. Greenpeace, who organized the event for the second consecutive year, urges the government to drop using high-emission vehicles and to “take the right route” against the climate crisis by abandoning plans to expand nuclear power. © Clement Tang / Greenpeace

 

We can stop catastrophic climate change. We know what causes it. We have the technologies to prevent it. And there's a rapidly growing understanding of just how urgent the need for action is.

All that's missing is the action itself.

We're the last generation that can stop this global catastrophe, and we need your help.

Together, we can stop climate chaos.

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Make a donation: Individual supporters like you make our work possible. Greenpeace does not accept money from corporations and governments. Your donation can help us conduct investigations into coal pollution and help shut down China's biggest source of greenhouse gases!

8 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  1. Energy-saving lighting: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED lights or compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. You'll not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also save money on your electricity bill.

    LED lights are the most energy efficient lights on the market today. They emit more light per watt than incandescent light bulbs while using far less electricity. A CFL light bulb uses just 1/4 of the electricity needed by an incandescent light bulb.

    LED and CFLs also last longer: the standard lifespan for an incandescent light bulb is 1,000 hours, for a CLF light bulb 6,000 to 15,000 hours, and for a LED light 35,000 to 50,000 hours.
  2. Take public transit or walk or bike: Public transit is energy efficient, while walking and biking are healthy ways to exercise.

    Cars run by burning oil, which releases carbon dioxide as well as other pollutants. Oil is also a finite resource, and we are endangering pristine environments – such as the Arctic – in our hunger to drill for more oil.
  3. Eat less meat: Just going meat-free one day a week can help reduce your carbon footprint. You can also try eating meat every other day, or only at dinner.

    Raising livestock accounts for a huge percentage of global greenhouse gas emissions – the UN estimates as much as 18%. Emission sources include the production of animal feed, cows and other methane-producing ruminants, and the logging of forests for animal pastures.
  4. Insulate your house: This will help you reduce energy usage and save on heating and cooling bills – by as much as two-thirds or more.

    Insulate ceilings, walls and install double-glazed windows. Almost half of your heat may be escaping if you don't have insulation.
  5. Buy recycled or FSC paper products: The logging of our ancient forests is another major culprit of climate change. FSC certification ensures that the product uses trees from responsibly managed forests – not rainforests or other primeval forests. You can find FSC-certified furniture, books, office paper, toilet paper and more.
  6. Buy energy efficient appliances: Check and compare energy ratings before buying large appliances. These tell you how many kilowatt hours of energy it uses per month.

    The refrigerator uses more energy than any other appliance in the home – though more efficient fridges cost more, they will save you money in the long run through electricity savings and longer lifespan.
  7. Go Greenfreeze: If you live in Europe, South America or Asia, make sure your refrigerator uses Greenfreeze, Greenpeace's natural refrigerant that's safe for the climate and the ozone layer.

    Manufacturers that use Greenfreeze include Haier, Panasonic, LG, Miele, Siemens, Electrolux, Liebherr and Whirlpool.

    Standard refrigerators contain fluorinated gases – usually HFCs that are up to 1,000 times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide.
  8. Keep it Cool (or Hot): Keep your air-conditioning at 26°C in the summer to conserve energy, and turn on a fan. In the winter, turn down your thermostat and put on a sweater.

    But that's not all: you can find more tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and green your life under get involved.

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