We all—well, most of us—are worried about the health and future of our planet. While misinformation abounds, most scientists agree that climate change is real and human beings are the catalyst.
But recognizing there’s a problem and taking steps to correct it are two very different things. So how can you do your part to turn the tide on climate change?
“The biggest most-effective thing people can do is to use their voice to push local, state, and federal government officials to implement system-wide changes,” says Aliya Haq, deputy director of the Clean Power Plan Initiative at the non-profit National Resources Defense Council.
“Know who your representatives are, and be in contact with them,” she says. “We all need to make those decision-makers take action, and they only do that if they feel a matter is urgent, which comes from people calling or writing to them.” (The NRDC makes it easy to speak up; here's where to go.)
If that seems intimidating—or if you’re looking for simpler, everyday ways to protect the planet—Haq has nine other good suggestions.
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