How You Can Help

citizen-scienceReduce your Carbon Footprint

We need to dramatically cut our carbon emissions if we hope to reduce the impacts of climate change. That reduction will come from top-level policy changes and also individual decision-making.

There are many ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint. You can reduce the amount of driving that you do (maybe use public transportation, or carpool). There are also many ways to reduce energy consumption in your own home, by changing light bulbs and using efficient appliances.

The Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a useful list of actions that you can take to reduce carbon emissions. NASA has a similar site, tailored for kids who care about climate change.

Invest Wisely, Spend Wisely

If you care about climate change, let your money speak for you.

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment has a useful primer on how to invest in sustainable companies and companies that share your environmental vision.

You can also buy renewable energy for your home or business. For our neighbors here on Cape Cod, this site is helpful in switching to renewable energy. All states and regions will have similar sites available.

Plant a Tree

Reducing carbon emissions is crucially important, but we also need to pull more carbon out of the atmosphere and photosynthesis is the most effective way to do that. A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year – by the time it reaches 40 it could sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide.

So plant a tree! If you have the available land, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas has compiled a database of regional organizations that can provide information about appropriate native trees to plant.

You can also take part in the United Nations-backed Billion Tree Campaign.

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Spread the Word

Keep up to date with the latest climate change news and share that information with your own networks.

An overwhelming majority of people (67 percent!) understand the reality of climate change, but very few see it as an urgent priority. The more people are thinking about climate change, the more likely that our society will take action.

You can prepare yourself for climate change conversations by reading our Climate Change Primer, which covers everything from causes to impacts and solutions.

Sign up for our monthly newsletter, or follow WHRC on Facebook, or Twitter. Forward the newsletter, shared the Facebook posts, and please retweet!

Contact your elected officials

Elected officials – from members of Congress to civic leaders – need to know that fighting climate change is a priority to you! You can find contact information for your elected representatives at this link.

If you email or call, tell them that you support aggressive efforts to reduce carbon emissions, conserve forests, and promote climate research. Tell them that you base your vote on climate change policies.

Support WHRC Research

Our scientists are studying the causes and impacts of climate change around the world, and they depend on your support.

Thanks to generous donations from people like you, we are developing smarter climate policies and scientific strategies for pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through improved land management.

Please support groundbreaking climate science today.