Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change - 3 Simple Things

Happy Blog Action Day 2009! This year's theme is Climate Change.

Last year I wrote about 3 easy things one can do to help those in poverty. I'll stick with the same theme "3 Easy Ways". Ah...simplicity.

3 Easy Ways to Help Prevent Climate Change

Save Trees - Print on Both Sides of the Paper
Paper comes from ----> trees. Trees = good for climate.

If you need to print, give this paper saving trick a try:
  • Check if your printer has a setting to print on both sides. If so, use it.

  • Check if your printer can print 2 pages of your document on one side. If so, use it.

  • Now put it together and print your document. 4 pages of a document on one piece of paper.

  • Tell your collegues before the meeting to remember their reading glasses.
Thanks Peter at Project Oriel for teaching me this trick long ago!

Buy Used
These days you can find so many great used things - appliances, refurbished electronics, sports equipment, furnishings...it goes on. Keep reusable stuff out of landfills.

I'm especially a fan of buying used clothing & shoes - thrifting or consignment. Not that you have to buy all of your clothing used - sometimes you just have to have that newest/latest item (I understand these urges). Just start at the level you're comfortable with. Here are some sites I've discovered recently: check them before you go thrifting/consignment shopping to get some inspiration: Already Pretty and Fashion for Nerds. These girls got it goin' on!

Turn Off the Lights & Unplug
It's pretty simple -
  • If you're not in the room, turn off the light.

  • If you're not using it, turn it off.

  • If you're not charging it, unplug it.

Are you really paying attention to the TV when you're on the computer? Probably not. I'm guilty of this too. You and I - We can get better together.

That's it - 3 Easy Ways...how about you? Any other easy ideas out there?

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I'd add that reducing meat consumption can be great for the environment. Meat is one of the biggest contributors to global warming.

Here's a good article on the subject:
http://veggierevolution.blogspot.com/2009/05/is-local-food-greenest-choice-new-study.html

French onion soup, anyone? Black Bean Chili?