Meanwhile, the very best option is to use less energy altogether. That means changing behaviors such as turning off lights when leaving a room and improving the efficiency of our buildings. For example, energy efficient LED bulbs can consume six times less energy than a traditional incandescent light bulb.
Visit the San Mateo County Energy Watch website for more details.
Think carefully about your transportation needs and how you meet them.
You could have a big positive impact by reducing the number of flights you take, or the amount of driving you do by yourself in a gas-powered car. Specifically, consider carpooling, taking public transportation, and doing more walking and biking to your destinations. If you need a car, consider an electric car, which greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to a gas-powered car.
Thinking about purchases can have more of an impact on climate change than you think. It takes energy and resources to make things in factories. While reducing your expenses and simplifying your life by reducing the number of things you own, purchasing less will also help fight climate change. Make that positive impact even stronger, by considering how long your products will last and how you will dispose of them – asking yourself if the waste can be composted, reused, or recycled, which all greatly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released in the landfill.
Interested in waste reduction? Visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability’s waste reduction website.
What goes on your plate every day can help you go even further with the positive impact you can make. Eating more of a plant-based meal, while reducing your health risks, also significantly cuts down the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere. Did you know? Consuming a gram of beef or lamb produces 150 times more carbon dioxide than consuming a gram of legumes (beans).
All in all, you may have more power to make a positive impact on climate change than you realize. The above steps are some of the most high-impact actions we can take to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and slow down the warming. To learn more about other actions you can take to protect our precious communities in the Bay Area, check out San Mateo County’s Office of Sustainability’s website.
Be sure to also check out the University of California’s Climate Lab.