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Alarming new information was released regarding climate change and the planet’s future in a UN report. This report said that “there is no documented historical precedent for the scale of change required,” and that the world may have just over a decade to get climate change under control.

Here are things students (or anyone) can do:  

  • Do your research:

    • Take an Enviro class

  • Reduce emissions in your travel:

    • Take public transit

    • Ride a bike

    • Car-share

    • Switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle

    • Fly less (if you do fly, offset your emissions)

  • Be energy efficient:

    • Change to energy-efficient light bulbs (LED)

    • Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when you’re not using them

    • Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water

    • Dryers use a lot of energy, so air dry when you can and use dryer balls when you can’t

    • Install a programmable thermostat and be careful how you use your AC and heating to save energy

    • Don’t leave appliances on standby

    • Look for the Energy Star label when buying new appliances

    • When disposing appliances, look for rebates or places that can recycle them

    • Winterize your home to prevent heat from escaping.

    • Get a home or workplace energy audit to identify where you can make the most energy-saving gains.

    • Stop “idling,” at work turn off your computer when you leave or use a laptop

  • Consume less and waste less:

    • Buy in bulk and shop with zero waste

    • Compost!

    • Buy less bottled waters or drinks

      • BYO coffee mug

      • “One plastic mug, used twice a day, every day instead of disposable cups, can save 135 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per person per year.”

    • Waste less water: take shorter showers

    • Break the paper habit at work

      • “The average office generates about 350 pounds of waste paper per employee every year.”

  • Reduce and Reuse first, then Recycle:

  • Eat a low carbon diet:

      • Less meat, more fruits and vegetables

        • “If Americans cut just a quarter pound of beef a week from their diets, it would be like taking 10 million cars off the road for one year.” -- National Resources Defense Council

      • Go vegan

        • “Livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions.”

      • Local food, in season

      • Avoid packaging and processed foods

  • Save the forests:

    • Plant a tree

    • If buying wood, choose wood with a seal showing it has a sustainable origin

  • Contact your representative:

  • Potential legislative actions or policies to support/demand:

    • Tax carbon emissions

    • Renewable energies

    • Properly labeled products (specifying origin)

    • Correctly managed waste

    • Action against rising waters (such as that in Boston)

  • Get Involved

 

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