Many people ignore climate change simply because they either do not feel like they can help or they don't know what they can do to help. But there are lots of small things everyone can do to help fight climate change. In fact, there are at least 15, according to the Huffington Post.
A new article in the online newspaper outlines more than a dozen ways everyone can help save the planet. Let's take a look at the top three:
1. Stop driving a big car, and stop driving by yourself
"In 2011, the transportation sector ranked as the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the U.S.," the Huffington Post reports. That means nearly 28 percent of emissions come from our cars and trucks. That's why you should carpool as often as you can. If carpooling is out of the question, consider purchasing a hybrid vehicle, which uses less gas.
2. Don't have a ton of kids
The bigger the population gets, the more of a strain humankind puts on Mother Nature. A recent study from Oregon State University reveals that "the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of an extra child is almost 20 times more important than some of the other environmentally sensitive practices people might employ their entire lives – things like driving a high mileage car, recycling, or using energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs." Yikes!
3. Don't idle your vehicle
Slate reports that "unless you own an automotive dinosaur, your current engine is so efficient that idling would rarely, if ever, be an earth-friendly choice." So if you're waiting outside your kid's school, go ahead and turn the car off. You won't use as much energy restarting as you would idling.
See the Huffington Post's full list of ideas here.