FWS Climate Change Information Toolkit
What You Can Do (EPA)
National Wildlife Federation
The Nature Conservancy
USA National Phenology Network
Children learn how to remove young trees from buckets for planting in their schoolyard. Credit: Lavonda Walton/USFWS
Small changes in our everyday lives can make a big difference for current and future generations of Americans. Here are a few ways you can help mitigate the effects of climate change and support wildlife conservation where you live:
Green Your Own World:
- Plant native trees and shrubs that absorb carbon dioxide and slow the spread of invasive species
- Recycle paper, plastics, glass
- Use recycled products that use less energy to manufacture
- Change to energy efficient light bulbs and appliances
- Reduce gasoline consumption; Walk or bike whenever you can
- Program your thermostat
- Give your time and energy to a national wildlife refuge, national fish hatchery or in your own community (see http://www.serve.gov/).
- Project BudBurst and the National Phenology Network are just two places where you can become part of a nationwide network gathering data on climate change effects on plants and wildlife.
Learn and Engage:
- Teach the next generation about the importance of natural resources by taking them outside. Visit a national wildlife refuge or other protected land.
- Talk to your neighbors, civic associations, local service groups to engage them in discussions and action.
- Read: Online and local libraries are filled with information. There are great books for young audiences on the subject of climate change.