Going beyond Earth Hour

Around the globe, we are already feeling the effects of climate changeClimate change is a lasting change in weather patterns over long periods of time. It can be a natural phenomena and and has occurred on Earth even before people inhabited it. Quite different is a current situation that is also referred to as climate change, anthropogenic climate change, or ...: extreme weather eventsExtreme weather describes weather phenomena that are at the extremes of the historical distribution, especially severe or unseasonal weather. (UKCIP), melting glaciers, and rising sea levelsSea level can change, both globally and locally, due to (i) changes in the shape of the ocean basins, (ii) changes in the total mass of water and (iii) changes in water density. Factors leading to sea level rise under global warming include both increases in the total mass of water from the ..., to name a few. These impacts may sometimes leave us feeling helpless. But if we act now, we can stave off the most dire impacts of a warming world. There is plenty that we can do as individuals to make a real difference. Together, we can better prepare for these risks and shift the way we all use energy and engage with the environment.

For four decades, WWF has been part of the movement to fight this global crisis. Our vision is a world powered by renewable energyRenewable energy is power generated from infinite sources, such as wind or solar power. Conventional energy is generated from finite sources, such as natural gas or fossil oil., where communities and ecosystemsA system of living organisms interacting with each other and their physical environment. The boundaries of what could be called an ecosystem are somewhat arbitrary, depending on the focus of interest or study. Thus, the extent of an ecosystem may range from very small spatial scales to, ... are resilient in the face of climate changes.

Each and every one of us can engage in the movement to help animals, people and the planet. Now that you’ve joined hundreds of millions of people around the world in switching of your lights for one designated hour, continue to show your solidarity for climate action. Try to tackle one, two, or even all nine of the items on this list below. With your help, we can all move toward a safer world for ourselves, our children and the rest of life on Earth.

9 Simple Ways to Take Action on Climate Change

  1. Participate in the People’s Climate March to show the world that Americans support action on climate change

  2. Sign up for an energy auditAn audit is an independent, objective quality assurance activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to assess and improve the effectiveness of risk management, ... for your home. Often these are free from your utility and they’ll help you find ways to cut energy use and save money, too!
     
  3. Lower the thermostat on your hot waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ... heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
     
  4. Unplug all appliances when you’re not using them, and turn off your computer and monitor when you no longer need them. Contrary to popular belief, turning them on and off will not cause damage.
     
  5. Wash clothes in cold water to reduce the energy needed to heat water and make your clothes last longer.

  6. Air dry dishes rather than using the heated drying cycle in the dishwasher.
     
  7. Use a High EfficiencyUsing less energy/electricity to perform the same function. Programs designed to use electricity more efficiently - doing the same with less. washer when possible to save energy and reduce carbon emissionsEmissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC).
     
  8. Bike, walk or take public transit to work one day (or more) per week.
     
  9. Buy renewable energy from your energy provider. Most utilities offer this option, and it is usually not much more expensive than paying for dirty energy.

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