Coming Together to Stop Global Warming

July 6, 2007

"We hold our children's future in our hands -- not our grandchildren,
or great-grandchildren, but our own children."

- Speaker Pelosi

Last week, Speaker Pelosi signed the "Live Earth Pledge," rededicating herself and Congress to combating global warming. The "Live Earth" pledge includes demanding that the United States "join an international treaty within the next two years that cuts global warming pollution by 90 percent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide," committing to taking "personal action to help solve the climate crisis," and fighting "for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal."

The average American generates about 15,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year from home energy use and personal transportation and from the energy it takes to produce the products and services we consume. There are steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint and to keep our earth healthy. But we all must do our part. As people gather across the globe for July 7th's "Live Earth" events, here are 5 steps you can take to help protect the earth and reduce global warming:

1) Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs produce as much light as regular incandescent light bulbs, but last 10 times as long and use just a quarter of the energy.

2) Turn off lights and appliances when you're not using them. This not only helps the planet, but will save money on your electric bills

3) Reduce what you consume, reuse what you use, and recycle the rest. Producing new products from recycled materials saves 70 to 90 percent of the energy and pollution that would result if the product came from non-recycled materials. You can save a good-sized tree by recycling a stack of newspapers only 4 feet high!

4) Turn your heat down 2 degrees in the winter and your air conditioning up 2 degrees in the summer. This simple step could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

5) Cut down on the number of miles you drive each day by carpooling, walking, biking, or taking public transportation. Driving just 10 miles less each week would eliminate about 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year!