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Thursday, 12 July 2007

Has everyone gotten a chance to see live earth concert?  Live Earth is a 24-hour, 7-continent (New York, London, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney and Hamburg) concert series took place on 7/7/07 that brought together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis.

The event was great but to combat global warming, every one of us must take action. You do not need to be a super hero or famous to start saving our planet. You can start from one single small effort in your everyday life. Your effort seems to have no influence on global scale, however efforts of 6.6 billions will. Many a little makes a mickle.

13 things we can do to save our planet.

  • Switch to fluorescent lights from incandescent lights. In most cases, fluorescent lights have about 10 time longer life and require about 1/3 of electricity which traditional lights consume. Not only save our environment but also save your money. In addition, fluorescent lights produce much less heat compared to incandescent lights, which means safer and less production of greenhouse gases.

  • Keep the room temperature at 68˚ F (20˚ C) in winter.  Caulk and weather-strip around doors and windows to plug air leaks. It can cut down emission of about 29.5 kg of CO2 annually.

  • Keep the room temperature at 82˚ F (28˚ C) in summer. Minimize coming of the direct rays of the sun into a room by using curtain or blind. It can cut down emission of about 16.8 kg of CO2 annually.

  • Turn down your water heater thermostat; 120 degrees is usually hot enough.
    Wrap your water heater in an insulating jacket.

  • Check air pressure in your car tires periodically. Proper air pressure improves fuel efficiency by 3.3 %, which means you can save approximately 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of gasoline.

  • Purchase energy-efficient products. Look for energy star labels on products.

  • Minimize the use of hot water when you are washing dishes and doing laundry.

  • Practice 3 Rs – Reduce Reuse and Recycle. Try not to use paper cups, plates, plastic forks or knives. Ask sales person not to overpackaging your purchasing items. Never ever throw away old books, newspapers, magazines, even grocery bags etc. Recycle them. Purchase recycled material products. Use rechargeable batteries.

  • Bring your own reusable bag to grocery shopping.

  • In stead of driving a car, walk, ride a bicycle, carpool and take mass transportation to work, shopping, school and anywhere else possible. Emission gas from cars is the one of the number one cause of greenhouse effect.

  • Choose a fuel efficient vehicle. Hybrid cars have approximately twice more fuel efficient and emit 50% less greenhouse gases than average brand new vehicles.

  • Stop receiving unnecessary mails. You can stop receiving credit card offers by calling 1-800-5-OPTOUT (1-800-567-8688) or signing up on www.optoutscreen.com. Millions of trees, billions of gallons of water and enormous amount of energy are used to create junk mail each year.

  • If you have a backyard, plant trees.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2007 )
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