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A small change makes a big difference!

There has been a lot of talk about Climate Change lately, but have you really been paying attention?

It is real and it is already happening! Human-caused climate change has already increased the risk of floods and extreme rainfall, heatwaves and wildfires with implications for humans, animals and the environment.

Sea levels are rising, and oceans are becoming warmer. Longer, more intense droughts threaten crops, wildlife and freshwater supplies.

But, WE have the power to make a change and help to slow, or even reverse the effects of climate change!

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Here’s how you can reduce your carbon footprint!

Reduce Energy Use!
Use energy efficient light bulbs, look for the energy star label when buying new appliances, wash clothes in cold water and hang them to dry rather than using a dryer, turn off the lights when you leave a room and unplug TV’s, computers when you’re not using them!

Eat for a climate-stable planet.
Eat more seasonal vegetables and fruit, eat less meat, buy organic or local wherever possible, grow your own vegetables and don’t waste food! The decisions we make about food can have a profound effect on the environment.

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Green Your Commute
Take public transport, ride your bike or car pool where possible. Fly less and if you do fly, make sure you offset your emissions!

Plant some trees!
As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. Tree Planting is one of the simplest and most effective ways of tackling climate change!

Power your home with renewable energy
Think solar power and wind power! These two forms of renewable energy will not only reduce your carbon footprint but reduce your power bills! By connecting a battery you can use the excess power generated through the day, to power your home at night!

Reduce, reuse, recycle!
When making purchases, think about selecting products with minimal packaging or if the packaging is recyclable, look at ways to upcycle or repurpose things in your home.

Make Your Own Compost
Compost keeps your kitchen and garden waste out of landfill which produces not only carbon dioxide but also methane. Compost also increases the biological activity, fertility and water-holding capacity of your garden.

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Reduce water waste
Take shorter showers, turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, fix leaky taps, don’t waste cold water whilst you wait for it to heat – collect it in a bucket and use on your garden!

Speak Up!
Talk to your family and friends about the impacts of global climate change and share this post to help educate how they too, can make a difference!

Remember, a small change makes a big difference!

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