Presentation on theme: "What can you do to fight it? EUROPEAN COMMISSION FEBRUARY 2009 Climate change."— Presentation transcript:
What can you do to fight it? EUROPEAN COMMISSION FEBRUARY 2009 Climate change
What is climate change? Gases in the Earths atmosphere trap heat Emissions are increasing due to human activity The build-up of gases leads to long-term warming = climate change
Greenhouse gases are emitted naturally BUT human activity is increasing emissions Changes in behaviour can reduce emissions Everybody can contribute to the fight against climate change Acting on climate change can save you money
Lower the temperature of your heaters by a degree or two Use a timer, so the heating is only on when you need it Dont set the refrigerator to its coldest setting
Choose low energy When it comes to replacing equipment… –Light bulbs –Refrigerator, freezer –Central heating –Windows … Choose energy efficient models Higher initial costs are repaid in savings over the products life
Switch off Turn off lights when you dont need them Dont leave appliances on standby Turn off the tap when youre brushing your teeth Dont waste energy!
Think efficient Dont run washing machine or dishwasher half full Take a shower instead of a bath Boil only the amount of water you need Cover your pots when cooking Dont leave the refrigerator door open Dont open your windows for too long in winter Install insulation Use less energy!
Dont use the car for short journeys Walk, cycle or use public transport Share car journeys Drive efficiently Check your tyre pressure … and take the train, not the plane! Reduce your carbon footprint!
Reuse bags and packaging Recycle glass, metals and plastics Choose products with the least packaging Get refills rather than new products when you can Recycling and reuse save energy!
What else can we do? Look for the EU Eco-label when choosing household goods Choose wood products made from sustainable forests Eat local produce, grown in season Eat more vegetables – farming animals uses more energy Plant a tree Print double-sided … when you really need to print Pester your parents and friends!