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Every person makes a difference. Personal commitment and small changes in your daily life, combined with those of other citizens, can have a great impact and will contribute to reaching our global objectives!
Here are a few ways to get started...
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.
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
Consumption 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 are a great foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
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 electronics that are not being used.
Go Carbon Neutral
Even if you reduce, reuse and recycle, you will always have a carbon footprint – 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.
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 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.ca for more information on different types of electric vehicles, government incentives, and the locations of charging stations.
Reduce emissions at work
Businesses can save money and the environment with efficient greenhouse gas emissions management (measure, reduce, substitute).
Download the free guide “Doing Business in a New Climate” by the David Suzuki Foundation.
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 are some great online resources...
A challenge that asks you to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days to kick-start a nature habit that lasts year-round.
Tips on everything from reducing your carbon footprint at home to planning a carbon neutral wedding.
Green Communities Canada provides information on certified home auditors and grants for home retrofits.
Guidance and resources for the key activities that make up a greenhouse gas management program, including measuring, reducing, and offsetting emissions, and developing a communications strategy around the program.
IPCC assessments provide a scientific basis for governments at all levels to develop climaterelated policies, and they underlie negotiations at the UN Climate Conference – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Produced the document "Greening the Way Ontario Learns: A Public Strategic Plan for Environmental and Sustainability Education" - Canada's first province-wide plan for environmental literacy.
Offer high quality Environmental Learning and Sustainability programs that actively engage Canadian elementary and secondary school students.