Do one thing

The average American generates about 16 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent a year, more than triple the global average.1

  • Drive less. Walk. Take public transit. Ride a bike. Encourage your kids to walk, bus or bike instead of driving them. Combine errands. Carpool. On average, a single American driver pours 6 tons (12000 lbs) of CO2 into our atmosphere every year.
  • Turn​ ​off your engine instead of idling. Eliminating unnecessary idling​ ​of personal vehicles in the U.S. would be the same as taking 5 million​ ​cars off the roads.  
  • Move​ ​closer to work.

After transportation, heating and cooling homes is how individuals contribute the most to climate change.  

  • Lower your thermostat and put on a​ ​sweater. Turn down the heat at night and when you’re not home. Buy a programmable thermostat. 
  • Insulate your​ ​walls and attic. Seal spaces where air (heat) leaks out of your home. ​
  • Replace your light bulbs with LEDs. 
  • Turn off your lights. 
  • Use a laptop, not a desktop computer. 
  • Plug your electronics​ ​into power​ ​strips and turn them off when not in use. 
  • Buy energy efficient home appliances. 
  • Purchase​ ​an energy efficient furnace and get a tax credit. 
  • Install an electricity-powered heat pump to heat and cool your home.
  • Install solar panels on your​ ​home. 
  • Eat less beef. Red meat uses 28 times more land and 11 times more water​ ​than pork or chicken.
  • Purchase green​ ​power from a utility company. 
  • Divest from companies and banks that invest in fossil fuels.
  • Invest in clean energy technologies.
  • Donate to environmental nonprofits.
Let Your Representatives Know What You Think

Climate at the LegislatureWe do our best to provide a continually updated account of the status of bills about climate issues in the Washington State Legislative session.

Poster: Personal choices to reduce your contribution to climate change

PDF: High Impact Actions

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