What can I do now?

Our Climate Change Challenge:
#1 
Eliminating the use of Fossil Fuels!

The Zero Emissions Byron 12-Step Action Plan

1. Use less grid electricity and save money:
Be aware of energy use, switch off lights, appliances. Get energy-friendly light bulbs. Minimise air conditioning.
Dry clothes in the sun.….Reducing your energy lowers demand for coal-fired power.

2. Install solar panels (and batteries) when possible.
Use appliances eg dishwasher, washing machine during the day to minimise night time use of coal-fired power.

3. Electric vehicles:
When EVs become affordable, trade in your petrol car, buy an EV and charge it from your solar panels.

4. Divest from fossil fuels:
Change to ethical, fossil-fuel free investments.
Change from banks who invest in fossil fuels. Check out marketforces.org.au/info/compare-bank-table
Compare energy providers
. For instance, check out this useful chart.

5. Plant trees: join your local Landcare group or seek others with active tree-planting program.

6. Switch to a local ethical energy supplier:
Why? “Switching to ethical electricity is a powerful way to significantly reduce your carbon footprint because around 50% of NSW’s carbon emissions come from producing our power.” (Repower Byron)
Understanding which retailers support community and renewables over coal and gas is key. Support a power company that invests in a clean energy future. Compare ‘greenest’ energy companies at canstarblue.com.au

7. If you’re renting, check out solar for renters
There is a range of programs in development such as Enova’s solar garden concept in Byron Shire

8. Get active:
Join a local group taking action to reduce emissions, working with communities to address climate change (there are over 70 local groups in Australia) eg Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) or Repower Byron Shire
Get involved in a wider campaign taking action: eg any of the stopadani.com campaigns, gasfield-free campaigns, The Next Economy www.nexteconomy.com.au 

9. Get political:
– Ask your local parties/candidates what action they will take in government to address climate change impacts.
– Vote for the political party that pledges to take practical action on climate change.
– Write letters to politicians – snail mail if you can – form a letter-writing group, keep up the pressure demanding a National Action Plan on Climate Change

10. Talk it up!
Talk
to family, friends, work colleagues about climate change and the practical steps you can take in your everyday lives.  Share articles on Facebook.

11. Keep informed:
Read
everything you can and check out organisations such as the Climate Council
Subscribe to RenewEconomy (daily online news service)

12. Keep positive:
Awesome things are happening in local and regional Australia, so join the dynamic movement addressing climate change (with projects such as solar farms, tree planting, waste reduction, local food and farmers’ markets, alternative transport, energy efficiency and more).
Exciting times need exciting action!