1. Admit that we all directly or indirectly cause far too much toxic and greenhouse gas emissions due to our fossil-fuel addictions.
2. Calculate your carbon footprint to see where you stand in relation to a sustainable human society:
- Berkeley’s “Cool Climate” Calculator—takes about an hour
- Carbon Footprint Ltd.—buy offsets after you calculate your footprint
- Create a plan to halve your household footprint while saving money, within 10 years (or less).
3. In the kitchen:
- Eat local.
- Eat mostly plants.
- Avoid food waste.
4. On the road:
- Drive less (walk, bike, bus, carpool).
- Buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) to replace one ICE (internal combustion engine) car (~10% reduction).
5. In the air:
Cut your air travel in half (1% to 20% or more).
6. At home:
- Upgrade your house envelope (better insulation, doors, windows; ~3-10%).
- Add smart devices to reduce energy consumption (~10% emission reduction immediately for an average household).
- Install an electric heat pump and a heat-pump water heater (~5-10%).
- Install solar panels or buy green electricity (~10%).
7. In the community:
- Organize a community solarization project.
- Volunteer to help calculate the carbon footprint for others.
- Support renewable energy programs with all local agencies.
8. Using your voice!