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Ever wonder how your tiny carbon footprint really impacts the big picture of climate change?

Though you might feel like your lifestyle is insignificant compared to things like oil extraction or vehicle emissions, the choices we make in our day-to-day life — how we get around, what we eat, how we live — play a major role in slowing climate change.

Here’s a list of 10 ways you can join in the fight to reduce our carbon footprint.

1. Get involved

There are lots of different ways you can take action. Your voice matters. Take a few minutes to contact your political representatives and the media to tell them you want immediate action on climate change. Remind them that reducing greenhouse gas emissions will also build healthier communities, spur economic innovation and create new jobs. And next time you’re at the polls, vote for politicians who support effective climate policies.

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2. Be energy efficient

You already switch off lights — what’s next? Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so use wool dryer balls or, better yet, hang dry when you can. Install a programmable thermostat. Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances. And a home energy audit is cheaper than you think — book one today to find even more ways to save energy.

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3. Choose renewable power

Ask your utility to switch your account to clean, renewable power, such as from wind farms. If it doesn’t offer this option yet, ask it to.

The global push for cleaner, healthier energy is on. With costs dropping dramatically, renewable energy is becoming the best choice for the environment and the economy. It’s time for countries like Canada to seize the opportunity and propel us to a stable, promising future.

Take action now. Charge up Canada with renewable energy!

4. Eat wisely

What you eat has a climate impact. Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production. Food writer Michael Pollan sums it up best: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Learn more about food and climate change

5. Trim your waste

Garbage buried in landfills produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Help end food waste by shopping smarter and by composting kitchen scraps and garden trimmings. Keep stuff out of landfills by recycling paper, plastic, metal and glass. Let store managers and manufacturers know you want products with minimal or recyclable packaging.

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6. Let polluters pay

Carbon taxes make polluting activities more expensive and green solutions more affordable, allowing energy-efficient businesses and households to save money. They are one of the most effective ways to reduce Canada’s climate impact. If your province doesn’t have a carbon tax, ask your premier and MLA to implement one.

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7. Fly less

Air travel leaves behind a huge carbon footprint. Before you book your next airline ticket, consider sustainable transportation options such as buses or trains, or try vacationing closer to home. You can also stay in touch with people by videoconferencing, which saves time as well as travel and accommodation costs.

Learn more about air travel and climate change

8. Green your commute

Transportation causes about 25 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so choose sustainable transportation options — like walking, cycling or public transit — whenever you can. You’ll save money and get into better shape! If you can’t go car-free, try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

Learn more about our work on sustainable transportation

9. Get informed

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10. Support and Donate

Many organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are working hard on solutions to climate change and rely on financial support from citizens like you.

You can help. Consider making a donation today by calling 1-800-453-1533 or by visiting our secure website.

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