Thank you for everything you’re doing to reduce your carbon footprint. Scientists say it’s not too late to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to save the polar bear's sea ice habitat—and you can do your part.
First, at the personal level, in every one of our daily choices as we go through life, all of us must reduce our dependence on fossil-fuel-based energy. That is, build, choose, and live green! To help you make wise choices, PBI scientists have put together a list of actions with the most impact. We suggest you look through these tips, find out what you’re already doing, and then challenge yourself to add more.
Second, at the public involvement level, we must work to get the world’s governments to establish an appropriate price for carbon. A carbon price or tax is essential to make renewable energy more competitive. Carbon-based fuels are currently less expensive than many renewables because much of the cost is passed on to future generations. The price we pay at the fuel pump does not reflect those hidden costs. We need a fair price for carbon to level the energy playing field. A level field can only be established by government and industry leadership and all of us need to push for that.
Also check out our:
- My Planet, My Part community page - watch broadcasts, become involved
- Save Our Sea Ice (SOS!) energy-saving challenges
- Step-by-step No Idling Campaign Toolkit for classrooms, clubs, and communities
Did You Know?
There are about 100 million households in the U.S. alone, and each household uses about 11,000 KWh electricity per year. It takes one pound of coal to generate 1KWh of electricity. The electricity generated in the U.S. is roughly 50% coal, 25% natural gas, 25% other (nuclear + hydroelectric + renewable). Power generation is somewhat regional – do you know what's in your area? And have you checked whether you're able to choose a green source?
To put energy usage into context, a 100W light bulb left on for 10 hours burns one pound of coal.