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border Are you ready to do something about the problem? Want to get involved? Join a growing team of people like you and find out ways to become part of the solution.
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Get Out There

Our scientists need your help if we are to combat global warming. You can affect change in your own backyard or community by following a few simple ideas in your everyday life.

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IDEA 1

Choose your car wisely.
Use your computer to find the most fuel-efficient/low emission automobile that meets your needs.

For more information, visit EPA's Green Vehicle Guide. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 2

Conserve energy.
Save money and reduce the introduction of greenhouse causing gases by purchasing energy-efficient appliances.

For more information, visit EPA's Energy Star. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 3

Make small changes to your everyday life.
Find out how much greenhouse gas you contribute to the environment and how small changes in your behavior can add up to significant reductions in your consumption.

For more information, visit 10 Percent Challenge Off-site Link and CarbonCounter.org Off-site Link

 
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Change your light bulbs for the better.
Replace regular incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Changing five bulbs could save you $60 per year. If we all did it we'd also keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

For more information, visit EPA Energy Star. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 5

Knowledge is power.
Use your purchase power to support industries and products that reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

For more information, visit World Wildlife Fund/ Center for the New American Dream I Buy Different campaign. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 6

Consider your business or workplace.
This is a win-win activity. All around the world, businesses are discovering that they can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while dramatically increasing their profits at the same time. Learn more about what you can do in your businesses to decrease emissions.

For more information, visit The Climate Group website. Off-site Link

 
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IDEA 7

Locate programs in your neck of the woods.
People all over the country are coming together and sharing ideas and solutions for this problem. Use the map below to locate groups and organizations in your area!

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Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson, AZ

California
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles, CA

California Science Center
Los Angeles, CA

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA

Florida
The Florida Aquarium
Tampa, FL

Illinois
Shedd Aquarium
Chicago, IL

Louisiana
Audubon Institute / Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA

Maryland
Maryland Science Center
Baltimore, MD

Massachussetts
New England Aquarium
Boston, MA

Missouri
Missouri Botanical Garden
St. Louis, MO

New York
New York Aquarium
New York, NY

North Carolina
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Ohio
Columbus Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Columbus, OH

Texas
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Austin, TX

Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth, TX

Washington
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA




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