There are hundreds of things you can do to reduce you energy, natural resource use and your waste. But too many choices can be overwhelming and confusing. So, we have reviewed dozens of articles, talks and books by top experts to bring you 12 recommendations for reducing your carbon footprint and fighting for bold climate action.



Politicians listen to voters. Politicians want to win elections, and if environmental issues are a priority for voters, they will be a priority for policy makers. Vote for climate action every election.

Renewable Energy

Getting your energy from wind and solar are among the most effective personal actions for reducing your own carbon footprint. Install solar panels on your rooftop or buy renewable energy credits from your energy service provider.

Have a climate conversation

Telling your own personal story—not a political article or a research study filled with data—is the best communication tool at your disposal. Your friends and family trust you - talk to them about why you care about climate change.

Make smart food choices

One of the top recommendations for lowering your own greenhouse gas emissions is to eat less meat (especially beef and lamb) or become a vegetarian or vegan. Other smart food choices include composting, buying local and seasonal food, bringing your own water bottle or mug and reducing packaging.


One of the most powerful political actions you can take is to contact your elected officials directly - so pick up the phone, send them an email or schedule a meeting. Whether in city hall, your state capitol or DC, your elected officials work for you and their job is to listen to you. Tell them what you care about, and why. Then ask them what they plan to do about it.

Put a price on carbon

A price on carbon makes fossil fuels more expensive and incentivizes people and businesses to switch to cheaper, renewable sources of energy like wind and solar. Call your member of Congress or join an organization that is fighting to put a price on carbon at the state or national level.


There are many low-carbon and no-carbon transportation options including: biking, walking and taking public transportation. In places where this is not possible, consider carpooling or purchasing a more energy efficient or electric vehicle. If and when possible, consider alternatives for flying for work and vacation. Some alternatives include: remote presentations, travel by train or bus for shorter distances, more local vacations.

Be an Activist

Join a local march or activist group – if you can’t find one, organize your own in your community, at your school or in your church or synagogue. Showing up is half the battle so put on your sneakers, grab your family and friends and participate in local activities.

Energy Efficiency

Use less energy in your home. Get a home energy audit. Lower your heat. Purchase smart appliances. Buy a Nest Thermostat. Switch to LED lighting. Insulate your home. Unplug your devices.


Divest from fossil fuels/ invest in renewable energy. Organize or join an existing campaign to divest from fossil fuels in your church, school, community, workplace, union, local government. Invest in renewable energy and support bold renewable energy laws and carbon reduction goals in your state, city or town.

Teach others

Whether at home or in the classroom, instill the values of the love of outdoors and community engagement in the young people in your lives.

Be a conscious consumer

Support businesses, products and services that work to reduce their energy and waste. Start by buying environmentally friendly products, buying local and/or secondhand. Take it a step further by buying less. Get inspired by the zero waste movement, the minimalists and the 10 item clothing challenge.