11 ways to slow down climate change and decrease our harmful impact on the earth

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Many people believe that preserving the earth is an important and necessary task.

Aubree Howard-Brown, Staff Reporter

Climate change is a real thing, and it is happening right now. This change is happening fast, but we can slow it down in 11 simple ways that are easier than you might expect.
1.  “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!”
We have all heard this phrase before, in songs and in our elementary schools, but this simple phrase has a lot of power. By actually following the Three R’s, we can use and spend less on things we already have.
2. Use cold water as much as possible.
Cold water preserves clothes in the wash and uses less energy than hot water.
3. Don’t drive over the speed limit, or don’t drive at all.
You will spend less money on gas because you’re burning less gas. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year (EPA, “Climate Change: What You Can Do.”)
4. Buy local foods, instead of food from across the country/world.
This means your food is fresher and you boost your areas economy!
5. Upgrade your old light bulbs for Energy Star certified ones.
They use less energy, and you won’t have to keep changing them, because they last longer.
6. Repurpose your glassware.
You can make super cool looking repurposed glass crafts to upgrade any living space from drab to fab!
7. Watch your Water Privilege.
Don’t wait to fix leaky toilets or sinks, and take showers instead of bathes. Watching your water privilege is essential for saving water.
8. Buy a cool reusable water bottle.
Not only will it make you look cooler, but it keeps unnecessary plastic bottles out of landfills. U.S. landfills, alone, contain more than two million tons of discarded water bottles and each takes over 1,000 years to decompose… that’s a LONG time.
9. Start a compost pile.
It’s great for your garden, and it reduces the amount of garbage, from your home, that goes to landfills.
10. Use matches instead of lighters when burning things.
Matches are biodegradable and don’t use butane like lighters do.
11. Turn off your lights and appliances after you’re finished using them.
When you turn off fluorescent lights for more than five seconds, it will save more energy than will be consumed in turning them back on again (“When to Turn off Your Lights”).