Things You Can Do

After viewing the film, most people want to do something to help create a better future for everyone. There are a lot of things you, as an individual, can do.
The single biggest thing you can do is to support campaign finance reform. This link will take you to several organizations that have been fighting for this reform and you can help them. You can also write your senators and congresspersons and urge them to support this important reform because nothing will change unless we have effective reform in this area.
Perhaps the most effective thing you can do as an individual in your own life is to move toward a plant-based diet because that has far less impact on the earth than an animal-based diet. In fact, it has been estimated that animal-based diets are the cause of anywhere from 14 to 40+ percent of global warming, depending on which study you're looking at and what factors are taken into account. That is a huge contribution. If everyone laid off meat just one day a week it would have the same effect as taking 8 million cars off American roads.

Eating meat is more significant than most realize because not all greenhouse gases are created equal. While everyone focuses on carbon dioxide, this gas is actually not responsible for most of the earth's warming to date. Other gases trap heat far more powerfully than carbon dioxide and the most important of these is methane. Methane is over 20 times more powerful in trapping heat than carbon dioxide. The number one source of methane? Raising animals for food.

If you want to move to a plant-based diet, you've come to the right place. The Rave Diet is 100% plant-based. Get on it and you will immediately stop contributing to global warming - and you'll improve your health as well. If you switch to the Rave Diet, it will have a far greater effect on reducing global warming than driving a Prius and adopting the Rave Diet will have the same effect as riding a bicycle!

You can also reduce your consumption of "stuff," reuse what you have, purchase reusable items with minimal packaging and recycle whenever possible. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide every year.

Reducing fossil fuel use for energy will help reduce global warming. The most cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption is to conserve energy by adding insulation, weather stripping and caulking to your home, which can reduce your heating and air conditioning costs by at least 25 percent. Keep temperatures moderate and wear a sweater (or take one off) instead of changing the thermostat. Setting the thermostate just two degrees lower in the winter and two degrees higher in the summer can save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Use less hot water by setting your water heater at 120 degrees and wrap it in an insulating blanket if it is more than 5 years old. Buy low-flow showerheads to save hot water and wash your clothes in cold or warm water. Let your clothes dry on a clothes line, if you can. Use the energy-saving settings on your dishwasher and let the dishes air-dry.

It's also a good idea to turn off the water when you're not using it. While brushing your teeth, shampooing the dog or washing your car, turn off the water until you actually need it. You'll reduce your water bill and help to conserve a vital resource. Drink tap water, not bottled.

Use the "Off" switch and turn off lights when you leave a room. Use only as much light as you need. Remember to turn off your television, video player, stereo and computer when you're not using them. And unplug electronics that use electricity when not being used.

Install compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Replacing just one 60-watt incandescent light bulb with a CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb. CFLs also last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, use two-thirds less energy, and give off 70 percent less heat. If every U.S. family replaced one regular light bulb with a CFL, it would eliminate 90 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, the same as taking 7.5 million cars off the road.

Less driving means less pollution and global warming. Besides saving gas, walking and biking are great forms of exercise. Explore your community mass transit system, and check out options for carpooling to work or school.
Cut back on air travel as much as possible as it is the single most ecologically costly act of individual consumption. For more on this, click here.

When you drive, make sure your car is running efficiently. For example, keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gas you save not only helps your budget, it also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. If you purchase a small electric air pump you can use in your garage, it will quickly pay for itself.

Go solar, if you can.

If you have the means and space to plant a tree, start digging. A single tree will absorb approximately one ton of carbon dioxide during its lifetime.

Remember how your grandparents and great-grandparents lived? Practice their lifestyles as much as possible because they used a small fraction of the energy we use today.

Share information about recycling and energy conservation with your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment.

These steps will take you a long way toward reducing your energy use and will save you money. And less energy use means less dependence on the fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming and the trashing of our planet.

Depending on how you live, there are literally hundreds of other small steps you can take to help reduce your carbon footprint. Put your thinking cap on, search the web and do it!

For additional information, download a copy of the One Planet Lifestyle e-book by WWF and check out these websites.