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Letter to the editor: Steps to take to lower carbon footprint

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

There are many things individuals can do to lower their carbon footprint and reduce global warming. Here are a few of them:

Drive more fuel efficient vehicles, electric cars or hybrids. Combine trips to reduce the number of miles driven. Take a day off from driving your car one day a week.

Recycle your cans, bottles and paper. It uses less fuel to make products from recycled materials rather than making them from raw materials. This also saves more natural resources.

Eat less meat, maybe have one or two meatless days per week. Raising farm animals and processing meat products use a lot of energy, and the animals emit methane gas while they are alive.

Use durable canvas bags for your groceries that will last for many years. All those plastic bags are made of petroleum products, and they create huge amounts of plastic waste that clogs our streams, rivers and oceans and make ugly litter on the side of the road.

Take vacations close to home and avoid trips in airplanes, which emit large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Use energy efficient appliances, light bulbs and windows, and seal up air leaks in your home. Convert to solar power if possible. The prices of solar panels are coming down, so more people will be able to afford it.

Finally, write to your congressmen and tell them you support efforts to convert to clean renewable energy and closing dirty coal burning fuel plants.

Never underestimate the power individuals can have when they act together to promote a worthy cause. Our climate, our livelihoods and the lives of our children and grandchildren depend on it.

JUDITH MESKO

Rocky Mount

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