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Personal Actions to Reduce Global Warming

Can one person make a difference?

Absolutely. The U.S. has 4% of the world's population yet releases more than 25% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2). By supporting political changes to reduce carbon dioxide and other global warming pollution, and decreasing your own energy use, you can make a difference.

1.  Support the strongest federal, state and local initiatives to reduce global warming pollution: Vote. Support candidates who produce solutions. Check www.oregonpsr.org for an updated listing of current legislation and how to contact your representatives.

2. Drive less and drive efficiently: Bike, carpool, walk and use public transportation as much as possible. If you do drive, use the most fuel efficient vehicle you can, combine trips and drive the speed limit. FACT: Each gallon of gas puts 20 lbs of heat trapping gas into the air.

3. Subscribe your home and workplace to "Green Power": Visit Portland General Electric (or call 503-228-6322 or 800-542-8818) or Pacific Power (or call 1-800-769-3717).

4. Turn down the AC in summer and the heat in the winter: Use a programmable thermostat. FACT: Heating and cooling your home accounts for about 45% of a home's total energy bill and costs $677 per year (RMI).

5. Use less hot water: Wash clothes in cold water, shower half as long using a low-flow shower head, set water heater at 120 degrees, wrap your hot water tank with insulation and/or purchase an on-demand or solar hot-water heater. FACT: Water heating is about 19% of a home's total energy use and costs $300 per year (RMI). 

6. Conserve energy: Switch your light bulbs to compact fluorescent, turn off lights and appliances when not in use, buy Energy STAR high efficiency appliances. FACT: Replacing one frequently used bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb saves 500 lbs of CO2 per year.

7. Get a home energy audit: Contact the Energy Trust of Oregon (or call 1-866-368-7878) to find federal, state and local financial incentives to improve your home's energy efficiency. Consider solar power!

8. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Reduce what you consume. Recycle instead of throwing away old items. Purchase used or recycled items instead of buying new ones.

9. Promote all these steps at work: Go to the website for Portland Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow to learn more.

10. Buy locally grown organic foods: Shop whenever possible at farmer's market or through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Reduce the amount of meat you eat and eat only grass fed meat. Supporting local farmers will strengthen local food chains and reduce the distance food travels to your table, thereby increasing the nutritional content of the food you eat. FACT: The transportation of 1 lb of asparagus from Chile to New York uses 73 lbs of fuel energy, releasing 4.7 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere. FACT: 2.6 lbs of grain and 435 gallons of water are used to grow 1 pound of beef.

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Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
812 SW Washington St., Suite 1050
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: 503-274-2720
email: info@oregonpsr.org

 

Resources

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