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What Can I Do?

"Two people digging with a shovel"
Forest Service partnered with the non-profit Chattooga Conservancy to restore giant cane (Arundinaria gigantean) along the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River in South Carolina.

Check out these tips for reducing the effects of climate change:

  • Plant trees: As trees grow, they take up carbon from the atmosphere. Strategically placed trees help cut energy costs in your home. They provide cooling shade in summer and block cold winter winds.
  • Use alternative energy: By reducing the use of fossil fuels, fewer greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere.
  • Recycle: Recycling reduces waste and decreases the consumption of resources.
  • Eat local: By getting your produce from a local grower or farmers market, you reduce the distances driven by carbon dioxide-emitting trucks.
  • Think water: Join a local stream cleanup or water monitoring project to improve and maintain the quality of our watersheds.
  • Support conservation education: Education is one of the strongest tools for combating climate change. Having knowledge of our effects on the environment better equips us to fight back.
  • Adjust the thermostat: Raising the temperature in your home by two degrees in the summer and lowering it by two degrees in winter can help cut down on energy consumption in your home.
  • Take other small steps: Switch off the light when you leave the room. Turn off the water faucet while you brush your teeth. Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine unless you have a full load. Don’t leave your car running.

Use these tools to help you fight climate change