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Oct. 28, 2011

Combatting climate change: Every little bit helps

by Neil Wagner

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We can all take steps to cumulatively reduce our society’s use of fossil fuels. Energy efficient light bulbs, recycling, and taking public transportation to name a few. Saying these efforts don’t matter is like saying your vote doesn’t count — the sentiment is understandable but untrue. People can say the same thing about voting, but we occasionally have very close elections don’t we?
 
According to the EPA, if an office building of 7,000 workers were to recycle their paper for a 12 months, the ultimate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equivalent to taking 400 cars off the road that year. I’ve also previously discussed research showing that halving the amount of food waste in the U.S. would save enough energy to run a small country — literally!
 
Another way everyday folks can make difference is by becoming part of something bigger. Below is a list (by no means complete) of notable organizations that are doing some exciting things in the fight against climate change.
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Interview: Katie Kline, Communications Officer at Ecological Society of America interviewed me via Skype for the ESA’s Ecotone blog. Read and hear it here.
Video: Bebbo and Kito were featured in one of Jim Parks’ terrific Today’s Green Minute episodes. See the video! Learn moreabout it.
About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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