Get informed and stay informed on environmental issues and vote in every election you can - local, state and national. Be sure to talk to your family, friends, and neighbors about problems and solutions.
Call your state representative and senator once a month! Make it a recurring entry in your calendar; it only takes a few minutes. Repetition is key. Say that the climate crisis is critically important to you. Ask what they have done in the last month to be proactive. To whom have they spoken to about this matter? [And even better, let others know what your elected officials are doing/not doing, and get others to also make regular calls.]
Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s movie “Before the Flood” (1 hr 30 min). Why? It’s eye-opening, informative, entertaining, and available online on YouTube (and it’s Leo!). Google search for “stream before the flood”. Consider hosting a viewing party.
Investigate solar for your home – the investment can pay back in 5 to 7 years. Why? Solar produces clean electricity right on your rooftop with no pollution. Or join the Green Electricity program at Green Energy Consumer’s Alliance. Why? If you cannot go solar, this program ensures your electricity is generated from renewable sources, not fossil fuels. Visit Massenergy.org.
Read books about the climate crisis, conservation and biodiversity, and environmental justice. Share them with a friend. Write reviews for your congregation’s newsletter. Host a book discussion group. Start a lending library at your congregation with books and other information about the climate crisis.
Eliminate or reduce beef from your diet. Why? Livestock production is the leading source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide and it takes 1800+ gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.
Avoid packaged or prepared foods that contain palm oil. Why? Palm oil is in 40-50% of packaged or prepared foods in developed nations like the U.S. We lose 300 football fields of rainforest per hour clearing land for palm oil production. Forests are a necessary defense against a warming planet.
Drive less. Perhaps carpooling, biking, mass transit, or walking are options for you. Why? Transportation is now the largest source of emissions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and across the United States.
When buying your next vehicle, consider only electric or hybrid models. Massachusetts offers a $2,500 rebate. Why? Even when factoring in electricity generation, electric vehicles on average produce 70% less pollution than gas vehicles.
Use energy wisely – and save money too! Get a home or workplace energy audit and identify where you can make the most energy savings gains.