Things you can do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Climate Crisis Project presenter, Emerald Starr (The Jakarta Post)

  1. Change a light — replacing a light bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb will save 80 kilograms of carbon dioxide a year (there are even pretty yellow ones now, so no excuses).
  2. Drive less — walk, bike, car pool or take public transport more often. You’ll save a kilogram of carbon dioxide for every 3.2 kilometers if you don’t drive. That’s 6600 kilograms a year.
  3. Recycle more — You can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1,300 kilograms per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
  4. Check your tires — Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve petrol mileage by more than 3 percent. You’ll save money and for every 4 liters of fuel saved, the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is reduced by 10 kilograms.
  5. Use less hot water. Install a low flow shower head. This will save 175 kilograms of carbon monoxide per year. Wash clothes in cold water and you will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 260 kilograms.
  6. Avoid over-packaged products — You can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 650 kilograms if you reduce your garbage by ten percent.
  7. Plant a tree or bamboo — A single tree will absorb more than a ton of carbon dioxide over its lifespan. One bamboo clump will absorb 100 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year and one hectare of bamboo absorbs 33 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
  8. Turn off electrical devices — Simply by turning off your television, DVD player, stereo and computer when you are not using them will save thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
  9. Open a window and use fans — Turning off your air conditioner will save at least a ton of carbon dioxide per year.
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