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Top 10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Climate Change
Broward County > Pollution Prevention > Air Quality > Educational Programs > Top 10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Climate Change

Help Prevent Climate Change

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Plant native, drought-resistant trees and shrubs around your home and outdoor air conditioning unit.

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Use an electric or push mower instead of a gasoline-powered mower to cut your lawn.

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Replace your current home appliances (refrigerator, washing machine, dish washer) with high-efficiency models.

7.

Buy food and other products with reusable or recyclable packaging instead of those in non-recyclable packaging.

6.

Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

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Install a solar heated system to provide your hot water.

4.

Recycle your home's waste newsprint, cardboard, glass and metal.

3.

Leave your car at home (walk, bike or take mass transit instead).

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Insulate your home, clean your air conditioning filters and install energy efficient showerheads.

And the number one thing you can do to reduce Climate Change is...

1.

Purchase a fuel-efficient car (rated at 32 mpg or more) to replace your most frequently used automobile.

You can also visit Broward County's Climate Change Website to see what local governments are doing to help reduce the impacts of Climate Change.

Climate Change: What it is and what you can do

According to the  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the term climate change is often used interchangeably with the term global warming, but according to the National Academy of Sciences, "the phrase 'climate change' is growing in preferred use to 'global warming' because it helps convey that there are other changes in addition to rising temperatures."

Climate change refers to any significant change in measures of climate (such as temperature, precipitation, or wind) lasting for an extended period (decades or longer).

Climate Change may result from:

  • natural factors, such as changes in the sun's intensity or slow changes in the Earth's orbit around the sun
  • natural processes within the climate system (e.g. changes in ocean circulation)
  • human activities that change the atmosphere's composition (e.g. through burning fossil fuels) and the land surface (e.g. deforestation, reforestation, urbanization, desertification, etc.)

According to NOAA and NASA data, the Earth's average surface temperature has increased by about 1.2 to 1.4ºF since 1900. The warmest global average temperatures on record have all occurred within the past 15 years, with the warmest two years being 1998 and 2005. Most of the warming in recent decades is likely the result of human activities. Other aspects of the climate are also changing such as rainfall patterns, snow and ice cover, and sea level. Ride a Bicycle instead of using a car

Because of its low elevations and extensive coastline, Florida is particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. 

You can help reduce climate change!

  • Buy energy efficient products
  • Conserve energy at home and at work
  • Plant trees
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle
  • Make wise transportation choices (Like riding a bicycle instead of driving in a car)

For more information, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website.