Climate Change: Think Globally, Act Locally

What Actions Can We Take on Cape Cod to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change?
Work together- in your community and regionally to help reduce production of greenhouse gases by reducing our carbon footprint!

The primary greenhouse gases are Carbon Dioxide (82%), Methane (9%), Nitrous Oxide (6%) and Fluorinated Gases (3%).   The main contributors to these greenhouse gases nationally are: Electricity Generation (32%), Transportation (28%), Industry (20%), Commercial & Residential (10%) and Agriculture (10%).

The most direct way to significantly reduce the magnitude of future climate change is to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Locally and Regionally
– Support policies and programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In the Workplace and at Home
– Contact Cape Light Compact for a free comprehensive energy assessment for your home or business to see how you can save energy and money
– Use the EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator to evaluate your carbon contribution and ways to reduce it: https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/
– Implement a power management plan
– Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s or LED’s
– Install solar and/or wind
– Install low-flow showerheads, toilets, or aerators
– Join Cape and Islands Green http://www.capecdp.org/content/cape-islands-green-on-the-lower-cape/
– Use Energy Star rated products
– Become an Energy Star rated building
– Reduce, reuse and recycle

In the Schools
– Install solar and/or wind
– Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL’s or LED’s
– Install low-flow showerheads, toilets, or aerators
– Track school’s climate impact using EPA’s on-line tool
– Engage students in understanding climate change and measuring school/home carbon footprint
– Reduce, reuse and recycle

On the Road
– Car pool, use public transportation and alternative modes of transportation
– Buy fuel efficient vehicle
– Drive smart
– Maintain vehicle and tire pressure