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Twelve Really Important Things you can do to help stop global warming

1. Get active: Talk with your friends, your teachers and your Don't worry, you can do lotsparents about what you could do. For a start,Hey, we've got to do something! you could write to or call your country's politicians telling them that you're worried about climate change and why. If enough people make a fuss, they have to do something.

If you live in the USA, you can find out who to contact at USA.gov.

  • For India, click here.
  • For the UK, WriteToThem tells you who your representative is.
  • For Australia, click here.
  • For Canada, click here.

2. Know what damage you're doing and get to be an expert! It's not much use trying to chanMany grown up people are getting worried too ge something if you're part of the problem or you don't understand what it's all about!
Why not start by finding out what your Carbon Footprint is. (My friend Jasmine wrote to suggest this!) What's a Carbon Footprint? You can easily work out what your carbon footprint is with WWF's Footprint Calculator.
If you feel you need to find out more about global warming, try some of my links. And watch out: Don't believe all you read or see. Not everybody tells the truth!

Cars=pollution=climate change3.Why drive when you can walk?! If your family has a car, get them to use it less. Walk to the shops. Walking, running, skipping are all much more fun than sitting in a boring un-cool car. If you need to travel further than you can walk, use a bus, metro or train if you can.

4. Make your own climate!

  • Turn the heating down in winter. If you're cold, wear more clothes!
  • Turn the air conditioning down in summer or use a fan.

Tip from Tiki, one cool penguin who is also hotHot tip from a cool penguin

    Wrap up warm when you're cold, a hot tip from Tiki it's
            dress cool

dress  hot!

It's a no-brainer really!

5. Shop locally: buying local food If you can, buy your food from local farm shops and try and avoid imported goods. Or get your family to join a veg box schemeInformationVeg box schemesIn many countries, local farms offer boxes of fresh veg and fruit which they can usually deliver to your door. Use a search engine for 'veg box schemes' in your country. Trucks and planes bringing in food and stuff from other countries, or from distant parts of your own country, use huge amounts of fuel.

Avoid air travel if you can6. Travelling light: Don't travel long distances unless you really have to. Particularly try and avoid using aeroplanes and big, gas-guzzling cars like SUVs. See if your friends and parents could holiday locally

driving fast means you get to traffic jams faster7. Get your parents to change their driving habits... and perhaps their car! Cars guzzle fuel, but they use much less if people drive them gently and keep below speed limits. Big SUVs make about six times their own weight in CO2 each year. A small efficient diesel or hybrid car covering the same distance not only uses much less fuel, it makes less CO2. For shorter journeys, electric cars are now becoming both cheaper and more popular. Find out more about electric cars here.

8. Solar energy is free: see if you can get your parents and friends interested in free solar wind turbinesenergy -- that's energy from the sun and wind. Solar panels can help you get much of your hot water and heating from the sun and even generate electricity. And it's exciting building all these things. If you live in a windy place, a wind turbine - also called 'windmill'- really is a serious option. More and more people are installing them and more and more companies are producing well-designed, sturdy machines. Here's a great video (like Wallace and Gromit!) about wind turbines. Generating your own power is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.

9. Waste not, want not: Tiki's compost heapEating:Learn to cook! Home cooking is not only fun, it means you don't have to drive to a takeaway or fast food restaurant. Result? Less pollution. If you make a garden, you can grow much of your own food. Did you know that if youLearn to cook. It's fun and tasty.eat fewer meat and dairy products, you can reduce greenhouse gas output? (Here's why.) And composting your waste food means it doesn't have to be trucked away to a landfill waste dump where it will cause more pollution including methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. [why doesn't composting make methane?]


Some Cool Kids - aged between 11 and 14 in San Diego, California, USA - are fighting against global warming in a really smart way. They've made a website which explains why eating much less meat is so important. It's a great site so please take a look. You can join them and commit to eating less meat!

10. Reduce, reuse, recycle:

This kid recycles her toys. She knows her three Rs!Remember your three Rs!

  • Reduce: the most important. If you don't buy so much stuff in the first place, then you don't need to reuse or recycle it.
  • Reuse whatever you can (like plastic supermarket bags). If you can't reuse something,
  • Recycle it!
The three Rs help cut down the amount of trash that ends up in landfills like thisIf you can't do any of those things, your garbage ends up in huge landfills. Much of what you find in these stinking dumps is plastic waste. This is a special problem so I have written a guide to the problem of plastic which I hope you'll look at. You'll be shocked by what you find out just as I was when I was writing it!

11. Turn off and shut it!

  • Turning things off may seem a boring turn-off hee hee!Tiki makes joke. But leaving lights, heating, air conditioning, computers, TVs and stuff on when you don't need them wastes a lot of energy. Turning them off saves money too!
  • If it's warm in one room and cold in another, close the door. The door helps keep the heat in.
  • Leaving things on standby (like TVs, computers and stuff) also uses a surprising amount of energy.
  Switch off and save money!

12. Psst!Tiki's DQT secret Domestic Tradable Quotas: a cool idea whose time has comeDon't keep this a secret: the future could be Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs)
Eh?!? What?!? This is one cool secret which no one seems to know about so you really must tell everyone! Don't be put off if you don't know what TEQs (also called DTQs) are; I didn't either. But they look like they could be a fair way to help slow global warming and energy shortages. So get your head round TEQs here and then be sure to tell everyone! Way to go...

Cycling uses your energy, not fossil fuel! Sun-powered cycling
How can you use solar power for cycling? Simple: plants use the sun to make and store energy. Your food mostly comes from plants (or animals that have eaten plants). The food gives you energy... so when you walk or jump on your bike, you too are using stored solar power.

So climate change is not all gloom and doom. There's plenty you can do.

kids can make a difference with climate changeAnd if you haven't tried my Hot Earth quiz and global warming crossword puzzle, now is the time for both.


Please please remember: how you choose to use energy affects all life on Earth. The more energy you use, the more the planet warms up. So please think before you act... and turn off that light. Everything you do like that helps a little!

tips for more info about global warmingWant to find out more? Visit my global warming links page. If you haven't seen my Energy Guide, now's the time to look.

kids: have your sayWhat do you think about climate change? Have you any good ideas about what we can do to make things better? If you do, please write to me. As long as your message is sensible and friendly, I promise to reply.

OK kids. It's your planet. Please treat it kindly!

Did you find my climate change guide useful? If you did, please tell your friends about it. Thank you and good luck with fixing planet Earth's climate problem!

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