Reducing the effects of global warming and climate change may be the most important issue of this generation. Last year, Assembly Bill 32 was signed into law to continue California's fight against climate change. Now, it is time to take action.
Whether you are at home, buying food, on the road or at work, the energy you use in your daily life has an impact on climate change. This is also known as your carbon footprint, the effects of which can be seen almost everywhere: warmer seasons are becoming longer; drought is contributing to extreme wildfires; rising sea levels harm the economy and coastal communities; the Sierra snow pack, critical to the state’s water supply, continues to shrink.
Combating global warming may seem like an overwhelming task, but there is one powerful way that you can reduce your carbon footprint – reduce your consumption of fossil fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). For instance, did you know that a compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb uses 60% less energy than a regular bulb and can save you money on your monthly energy bill? Also consider using recycled paper products. It takes 70%-90% less energy to make recycled paper and it helps to save trees.
This brochure provides a variety of tips on how to cut back on the energy you use in your daily life with many great resources to help. For more information on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, please contact the Assembly District Office at (818) 596-4141.
California is leading the way with its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020. Take a personal challenge to reduce your own carbon footprint by the same amount.