Fight Climate Change – Protect Nature Challenge
Climate change is one of the top five causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem decline.
Forests, wetlands and grasslands are important nature-based solutions to climate change, capturing carbon dioxide at a rate equivalent to about one third the amount of fossil fuels burned globally.
Here are the top five ways to combat climate change and protect nature:
- Choose transportation wisely.
- Walk, bike, take public transportation
- If you need a car, consider car pooling, sharing or buying a zero-emission vehicle
- Reduce water use.
- Repair leaky faucets
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
- Use rain and household grey water to water plants
- Reduce the amount of water you use to leave some for wildlife and nature
- Save energy.
- Set your dishwasher to air-dry dishes
- Wash laundry in cold water
- Use a programmable thermostat, which could reduce the amount of energy your home uses for heating and cooling
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs in your home
- Close curtains on hot days instead of using an air conditioner
- Use energy-efficient appliances
- Hang your laundry up to dry instead of using a dryer
- Turn lights off when you leave a room
- Unplug, shut down, or turn off appliances that do not need to stay on
- Instead of turning up the heat in your home, dress warmer
- Don’t waste food.
- Plan meals to make better use of food and reduce waste
- Grow fresh herbs in your home or plant a food garden in your backyard
- Use reusable plates and cutlery instead of single-use products
- Protect forests and natural spaces.
- Plant trees to reduce wood-product waste and support projects that help conserve forests here in Canada and around the world
- Help conserve wetlands, grasslands, oceans and other wild spaces
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Share these challenges with your friends and family and show us what you are doing by tagging us in your social media messages and by using the hashtag #ProtectNature.
Check out our list of challenges to help protect nature.
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