Sierran Masthead

You Can Take Personal Steps to Reduce Global Warming

by Jim Moore, Five Rivers Group

Last year was the second hottest year recorded in the U.S., even though La Nina should have made it cooler than normal. More extreme, unusual, and unpredictable weather events seem to be occurring: floods, hurricanes, high winds, heat waves, droughts, snowstorms.

Scientists tell us the 1990s were the hottest decade of the millennium. In his 2000 State of the Union speech, President Clinton pointed out that global warming is the greatest environmental challenge of the new century.

Here is what you can do about global warming :

1. Educate others. Bring up the topic in daily conversations, especially after unusual, extreme weather events. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper about the need for using clean, renewable energy (solar and wind power stored as hydrogen). Visit the Sierra Club Global Warming Web site at

2. Legislate. Write your national senators and representative asking they support higher fuel standards for autos and government funding for developing clean, renewable energy. Encourage tax incentives for producing clean energy, for buying energy-saving homes, and for purchasing super-efficient hybrid, hydrogen, or electric cars.

For more ideas, contact the Sierra Club Global Warming and Energy Team at (202) 547-1141. Call (202) 224-3121 if you need the names or addresses of your U.S. senators or representative.

3. Make changes in your personal life to reduce CO2 emissions. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Buy high-efficiency appliances with the energy star logo. Carpool or use public transportation. Recycle and buy products made of recycled materials. Select green renewable electricity if it is available from your local utility. Buy the most fuel-efficient car that meets your real transportation needs.

Taking action on global warming has the added environmental benefits of conserving resources, implementing sustainable systems, and reducing pollution while preventing more greenhouse gas emissions.

Slowly implementing solutions will benefit the economy. We can lead the rest of the world to a sustainable future and transfer our solutions to developing countries.

Copyright © 2007 Hoosier Chapter Sierra Club, all rights reserved.[10/8/02]efp

Spring 2000