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Reduce You Carbon Footprint

Solutions to reduce your carbon footprint at home, at work and in your community are included in all of our presentations and are customized for each audience type. Here are a few of them that you can start putting in practice today!

 

Stay in the loop

There is a large selection of great books and documentaries on climate change. Check out our favorite ones on the Resources page.

Sort your waste

Once you get into the habit of sorting your waste, it's easy to recycle paper, cardboard, bottles, etc., and to compost organic waste. This simple habit will help cut down greenhouse gas emissions from waste, and reduce overexploitation of resources.

Complete an energy audit of your home

Local organizations are available in most regions to visit you and complete a free energy audit of your home.

Maximize the energy efficiency of your home

Replacing your old home appliances for more recent, more efficient units that are “EnergyStar” certified, as well as replacing incandescent lightbulbs for compact fluorescent lightbulbs will improve the energy efficiency of your home and help you save on your monthly electricity bill. Always turn off the lights and unplug the electronics that are not being used.

Contact your elected representatives

Your voice counts! Call or email your elected representatives. Write an article for your local or regional newspaper to get their attention. Let them know that you care about environmental issues and climate change, and that you are waiting for stronger action against climate change. Your age or expertise doesn't matter. What matters is that you care about this issue, and so should your elected representatives.

Choose a low-carbon transport

Whenever and wherever possible, walk, bike, carpool or take public transportation to get to work or to your daily activities.

 

If you must use a car to get to work, choose an electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Visit electricvehicles.caa.ca for more information on the different types of electric vehicles, the government incentives and the location of the charging stations. 

Limit your air travel

Consider other ways of communicating, such as videoconferencing and web broadcasting for work, and Skype to communicate with friends and family who live abroad. Instead of flying away for a vacation, consider local tourism. 

Switch to clean energy

If your public energy provider does not offer clean and renewable energy, you can purchase renewable energy certificates (REC). Purchasing RECs is the closest thing to using clean energy.

Know your food

Comsumption of local, organic, seasonal food and produce that are near the bottom of the food chain (fruits, vegetables grains and legumes) will significantly reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and is a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle. 

Go Carbon Neutral

Even if you reduce, reuse and recycle, you will always have a carbon footpring – we all have one. The good news is that you can now join a community of individuals around the world who have chosen to become carbon-neutral. For more information, visit: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/reduce-your-carbon-footprint/go-carbon-neutral/

Reduce emissions at work

Businesses can save money and the environment with an efficient greenhouse gas emissions management (measure, reduce, substitute).

 

Download the free guide “Doing Business in a New Climate”, by the David Suzuki Foundation.
 

Raise awareness

Organize an event in your school, community or workplace for Earth Day (April 22nd), World Environment Day (June 5th) ...or any other day, because every day counts. Here is a list of 11 Dirty things to do on Earth Day.

 

Each small act makes a difference. Your personal commitment and all of the small changes in your daily lives to reduce your carbon footprint, combined with those of other citizens, can have a great impact and will contribute to reaching the global objective!