Sunday, 13 July 2008

An Inconvenient Truth - action links

The "blue marble" photo from Apollo spaceship 1972: courtesy of Wikipedia A while back we went through the USA action links in Al Gore's book An Inconvenient Truth and compiled *Canadian equivalents. Other symbols in the table: # a useful Canadian site but not equivalent,
** means the Canadian site is better.


USA links

Canadian links

Energy efficient lighting (CFL)

EFI, Nolico

*Project Porchlight

Energy efficient appliances

Energystar US

*NRC info and manufacturers

Appliance operation & maintenance

ACEEE Consumer Guide, Eartheasy

See NRC above

Heat and cool your house efficiently

---see above

*NRC tips, *PetroCanada tips

Insulate your house

SimplyInsulate, CFA checklist

*NRC checklist

Get a home energy audit

EnergyGuide, US directory

*NRC has info but Canada federal govt cancelled its subsidies for audits in 2002, for retrofits in 2006, *self-audit **CMHC renovation checklist

Conserve hot water

DOE tips

#NRC about water heaters

Reduce standby power waste

Standby, Powerint FAQ

<== see USA column

Home office efficiency

avoid 'sleep' mode

<== see USA column

Green power

renewable, solar, wind, net metering, US state incentives, green-e

#Energy Alternatives and #Appro, *solar, *wind, #green fuels, net metering in *Ontario ,
*some provincial incentives

Reduce driving miles

by walking, biking, carpooling, mass transit

#walking, *biking, *erideshare #carpooling , #mass transit tax credit

Drive smarter

economize fuel, buy less polluting, more efficient cars

<== see USA column

Drive hybrids

or hybrids

<== see USA column

Alternative fuels

DOE info

<== see USA column, #green fuels

Fuel cells

Fuel cell info

<== see USA column

Telecommute from home

Telework Coalition

*Canadian Telework Association

Reduce air travel and buy carbon offsets

US carbon offsets

**Suzuki Foundation: how to go carbon neutral

Consume less

**Suzuki Foundation: Sustainability within a generation

Pre-cycle: reduce waste before you buy

<== see USA column


Don’t waste paper

Stop junkmail, contact DMA

*CMA stop junkmail

Reusable grocery bags

<== see USA column



Composting Council

Use a refillable bottle

* on Canada

Eat less meat

EPA and

#How green is your food?

Purchase carbon offsets

Wikipedia on carbon offsets ,

**Suzuki Foundation: how to go carbon neutral

Learn more about climate change

Weathervane, environet, climateark,, Concerned Scientists, Pew press alerts

**Environment, peace and social justice links

Let others know

Encourage your school or business to reduce emissions

Vote with your dollars


Invest responsibly, SRI guide

*EthicScan links

Take political action

US cities, coolcities, LCV scorecard

FCM Kyoto action,, scorecard and its Kyoto report card

Support an environmental group

NRDC, Sierra Club,,

**Environment, peace and social justice links

See also Gore's study guide download; his film part 1 video on Youtube. Be sure you choose the Al Gore videos parts 2 and 3. If your comment has more actions that individuals can do, we will happily add them to this posting.
See also:
Top 50 things you can do to stop global warming and the video
US action ideas and ItsGettingHot youth actions
US Grist articles on green consumers
Canada green consumer guides
UK (Quaker) Living Witness Walk Cheerfully, Step Lightly: 100 ways of greening your life

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