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10 Climate-Friendly Habits To Consider

UN COCC logoThis week is the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France and it is bringing back memories for us. In 1972, Dean Evenson and I attended the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm where among other things, we videotaped the 15 Native Americans who had been sent over by Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, to share their message about Mother Earth. Meeting those indigenous people changed our lives and their wisdom inspired us to create our nature-based music and start our label, Soundings of the Planet.

Now the United Nations is meeting again, this time to discuss Climate Change. In the 43 years since that first conference, global warming has become a looming issue that stands to affect everyone on the planet. We hope that our governmental and business leaders take this issue very seriously and also that citizens of every country look at how they can change their lifestyle to help turn the tide of global warming.
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Here are 10 Climate-Friendly Habits to consider that are suggested by the French conference organizers. They may seem like small steps, but when multiplied by millions around the world, they are at least a move in the right direction in reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.

  1. Use energy-efficient appliances: Energy-saving light bulbs use five times less energy and last eight times longer!

  2. Switch off appliances on standby mode: A computer on standby still consumes 20 to 40% of its regular power! All appliances on standby are adding to your electricity bill.

  3. Turn off the light when leaving a room: 30 minutes’ unnecessary lighting per day amounts to 5 days’ continuous lighting after one year.

  4. Beware of overheating your home in winter: Reducing heating from 68°F to 66.2°F (or 20°C to 19°C) cuts energy consumption by 7%.

  5. Reduce Internet use on your computer, phone and tablet: Internet searches emit almost 22.04 lbs (or 10kg) of CO2 per user per year due to the servers used.

  6. Do not waste water: Water resources are becoming scarce. A dripping tap wastes up to 31.7 gallons (or 120 litres) per day and a leaking toilet flush up to 246.17 gallons (or 1,000 litres) per day.

  7. Start cycling, using public transport and carpooling: Metro passengers use about 14 times less energy than car users. For a journey such as Paris-Bordeaux (362 miles), trains produce 12 times less pollution than cars and 20 times less than planes.

  8. Recycle waste and use fewer disposable products: Each year, waste incineration produces the same amount of CO2 emissions as 2.3 million cars and wastes natural resources, which must be extracted and processed, also emitting CO2.

  9. Cut down on paper: Deforestation accounts for some 20% of global emissions and making paper requires a great deal of energy. Choose paper from sustainable forests.

  10. Change your eating habits: Farming accounts for 20% of French greenhouse gas emissions. Our food choices can reduce GHG emissions and our climate footprint by eating less animal protein and more seasonal fruit and vegetables.

We know there are many more simple ways to reduce our energy and resource consumption and we would love to hear your ideas. When you comment here, we’ll send you a free mp3 of our music!

Also, we want to offer the two-hour DVD we made at that very first environmental conference so long ago as well as the second event in Rio. We want to give it to you practically free! So for 1 penny (plus shipping) you can order it for a limited time. And if you are an activist person and want educate and inspire your family and community, you have our permission to show it in public to inspire people to do what they can to combat climate change.

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Here’s the link for more info and to order: ‘2 U.N. Earth Summits: 1972 & 1992