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   Be well informed about global warming. Global warming already disrupts millions of lives daily in the forms of destructive weather patterns and loss of habitat.[1] Being educated on the subject is the first important step to taking action. On a personal level, you'll be more apt to change your lifestyle if you know the truth; on a political level, you'll be better able to inform others and inspire change if you study the issue first. ãSir John Houghton, a co -chair of the IPCC Working Group and climate specialist, discusses such catastrophes as heat waves, floods, droughts and storm surges already impacting us heavily. What is already happening is only the tip of the melting iceberg, for it is our children and grandchildren who may suffer most from the effects of global warming.[2] Hundreds of millions of people may be exposed to famine, water shortages, extreme weather conditions and a 20 - 30% loss of animal and plant species if we do not reduce the rate of global warming and reduce GHG emissions. ãOn the other hand, having warmer winters means longer growing seasons in temperate and subarctic climes, sometimes allowing an additional crop to be planted and harvested each year, or simply making the existing crops more productive.[3][4] Having both sides of the story will make you a better spokesperson for your cause. Ad Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 2.jpg 2 Challenge others about global warming. A great way to broaden your own impact is to rally other people to your cause. The more scientific facts you have to back yourself up, the better you can persuade people to make simple yet effective changes in daily behavior. Energy-saving techniques either are initially expensive (for example, solar power) or take extra time (for example, recycling), so many people need to be convinced that their efforts matter.[5] ãDemonstrate the benefits of these activities and  highlight how each person can play a vital role in helping to reduce global warming. Use examples that show what will happen if these actions are not taken. ãRemember that civil society does not respond at all well to moralistic scolding, so use education to enlighten, not frighten. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 3.jpg 3 Influence your government. Vote for candidates that prioritize finding solutions to global warming. Contact governmental officials with telephone calls, e-mails, and letters stating your position. Attend meetings with those who represent you in government. ãLearn as much as possible about the policies that you advocate before doing so; solving one problem often creates others. For example, replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs has increased the hazard of mercury contamination in homes and landfills. Fluorescent light bulbs are still preferable to incandescent bulbs (see below), but one must be careful to recycle them and to not break them, if not mercury would be released.The push to grow corn for ethanol has contributed to higher food prices while saving little energy, if any at all. ãKnow that corporations' damaging practices are more detrimental to the earth than actions taken by individuals. In order to end global warming, it's necessary to get corporations to adopt earth-friendly production and distribution practices..  Method 2 of 4: Changing Your Consumption Habits Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 4.jpg 1 Choose vegetarian or vegan meals. Livestock are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transportation is. This is due to the large amounts of petroleum used in creating ammonium nitrate fertilizer (for the corn that they are fed) plus the cost of shipping that corn to the cattle and then shipping the cattle to slaughter and grocery. Choosing vegetarian foods also drastically reduces a gricultural water consumption and land use, and favorably impacts biodiversity.[6] ãWhen you do eat meat, make sure it's from a local source, so that it didn't have to travel as far to get to your table. ãTry eat both vegetables and meat that came from sma ll farms, rather than large industrial farms, which use environmentally harmful practices. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 5.jpg 2 Reuse and recycle more. Use recycling bins to dispose of glass, plastic, paper, cardboard, and other recycleable items. Encourage neighbors, supervisors, colleagues, and businesses to do likewise (15-25% of people do not recycle). ãUse cloth shopping bags instead of getting paper or plastic at the grocery store. ã Compost your leftovers and food scraps instead of t ossing them in the trash. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 6.jpg   3 Use refills. Try using refills instead of buying new jars or bottles each time. This reduces your consumption and is usually cheaper, too. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 7.jpg 4 Buy minimally packaged goods. Less packaging could reduce your garbage significantly, saving 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide and $1,000 per year. If you consider a certain products' packaging to be excessive, mail it to the company with your challenge to the company to reduce its packaging; include suggestions on how if you have ideas. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 8.jpg 5 Reduce your use of paper products. Decide whether something is really worth printing out before pressing print. Leave a signature at the bottom of your e-mails reminding the reader to think twice before printing the e- mail. ãMake the most of scrap paper for shopping lists, notes, scrapbooks, telephone messages, taking notes in class, etc. Recycle your paper only when it has been thoroughly used up! ãWhen you do print, make sure that your printer paper is 100% post consumer recycled paper. Save 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper. Take Action to Reduce Global Warming Step 9.jpg
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