by Michele McKay
Burning fossil fuels (oil and petroleum) releases CO2 into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Here in Hawaii over 90% of the energy we use for electricity and transportation is produced by burning oil!
Reducing CO2 emissions can seem like an overwhelming challenge, but the choices we make in our everyday lives can help curb global warming. If you think you can’t make a difference, check out the results of taking these seven simple actions:
If all the readers* of this article would..
- ...eliminate one pound of meat from their diet each week
we would save 41,184,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...unplug their electronics when not in use
we would save at least 4,745,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...reduce their driving by one mile every day
we would save 1,752,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...turn the air conditioner thermostat up by 2 degrees in summer
we would save 4,745,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...wash their clothes in cold water
we would save 2,400,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...line-dry one load of laundry once a week
we would save 836,000 pounds of CO2 per year
- ...replace one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb (CFL)
we would save 730,000 pounds of CO2 per year
And if every reader took all seven actions we would save 56,392,000 pounds of CO2 per year!
Your actions do make a difference! Get started today… our planet will thank you.
For additional information from Hawaii on global warming visit www.climatecorps.org
* Based on 4,800 monthly recipients/readers of Down to Earth’s e-newsletter and website. To sign up for our free e-newsletter, visit www.downtoearth.org