• trees growing animation
      • visitors
    • have chosen to save
      • light bulbs animation
      • 1,270,373 metric tons of CO2
      • trees growing animation
      • learn how simple choices
      • cars driving animation
      • multiplied by everyone in your community
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      • can make a big difference
  • Make a choice

PLANTING TREES TO REDUCE CO 2

  • See how YOU can help reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

    an average tree

    Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. An average tree in North America removes about 66 kilograms (145 pounds) of CO2 per year.

  • You can plant trees to help remove CO2 from the atmosphere. SLIDE the tree to select how many you will plant—then press NEXT.

    100 trees

  • How much CO2 did your trees remove? kilograms ( lbs) per year

    Volume 118 m3 (4,198 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: balloons!

    Volume 2,940 m3 (105,000 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: hot air balloons!

  • What if more people planted the same number of trees?



    If everyone in small town plants trees, the savings would equal 0 metric tons of CO2 per 1000 hours.

    • SMALL TOWN
      5,000 people
    • NEW YORK CITY
      8 million people
    • UNITED STATES
      300 million people
  • Trees can also reduce people's energy needs,
    which decreases CO2 emissions.

    Planting trees near buildings can provide shade in the summer, reducing air conditioning needs, and block winds in the winter, reducing the need for heating.

    If you can't plant a tree in your own back yard, support organizations that plant trees and preserve existing forests.

DRIVING LESS TO REDUCE CO 2

  • See how YOU can reduce CO2 emissions.

    • Every gallon of gasoline burned emits about 9 kilograms (19 pounds) of CO2.
    • The average U.S. driver emits 5.5 metric tons of CO2 per year
  • What do you drive? CLICK a vehicle below—then press NEXT.

    • SUBCOMPACT
      Fuel Economy
      15 kilometers per liter
      (36 miles per gallon)
    • COMPACT
      Fuel Economy
      12 kilometers per liter
      (29 miles per gallon)
    • FULL SIZE/MINIVAN
      Fuel Economy
      8 kilometers per liter
      (18 miles per gallon)
    • SUV/TRUCK
      Fuel Economy
      6 kilometers per liter
      (14 miles per gallon)
    • HYBRID
      Fuel Economy
      18 kilometers per liter
      (42 miles per gallon)
  • How far do you drive each day? SLIDE the vehicle to choose your distance—then press NEXT.

    160 kilometers (100 miles)

    U.S. average: 33 miles per day

  • Your yearly CO2 emissions:
    kilograms
    ( pounds) Based on your vehicle and daily drive of: kilometers ( miles)

    Volume 118 m3 (4,198 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: balloons!

    Volume 2,940 m3 (105,000 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: hot air balloons!

  • SLIDE the vehicle to a new daily distance—then press NEXT.

    kilometers ( miles)

  • You Have chosen to save kilograms ( lbs) per year What if more people reduced by that same amount?



    If everyone in small town reduced by that amount, the savings would equal 0 metric tons of CO2 per year.

    • SMALL TOWN
      5,000 cars
    • NEW YORK CITY
      1.6 milion cars
    • UNITED STATES
      300 milion cars
  • You have chosen to drive fewer miles per day.
    This is a great way to reduce emissions—but there
    are other solutions too.

    Driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle
    A car that gets 11 kilometers per liter instead of 8 (25 instead of 20 miles per gallon) saves over 15 metric tons of greenhouse gases over the life of the vehicle.
    Using other forms of transportation
    • walking
    • biking
    • taking mass transit

CHANGING BULBS TO REDUCE CO 2

  • See how YOU can reduce your CO2 emissions. These light bulbs provide the same amount of light—but one uses much less electricity.

    60-watt incandescent creates 114 kilograms (252 pounds) of CO2
    per 1,000 hours of use in the U.S.
    13-watt CFL creates 22 kilograms (49 pounds) of CO2
    per 1,000 hours of use in the U.S.
  • How many incandescent bulbs are in your home? SLIDE the bulb to choose number—then press NEXT.

    U.S. average: 30 light fixtures per household

    100 light bulbs

  • Based on 60-watt bulbs in your home, your CO2 emissions: xx kilograms (xx pounds) of CO2 for every 1,000 hours of use in the U.S.

    Volume 118 m3 (4,198 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: balloons!

    Volume 2,940 m3 (105,000 ft3)

    That's enough CO2 to fill up: hot air balloons!

  • You can reduce your CO2 emissions by
    changing to compact fluorescents (CFLs). SLIDE to select how many bulbs you will change—then press NEXT.

    light bulbs

  • You Have chosen to save kilograms ( lbs) per 1,000 hours. What if more people made the same choice?


    If everyone in small town changed that many bulbs, the savings would equal 0 metric tons of CO2 per 1000 hours.

    • SMALL TOWN
      1,000 households
    • NEW YORK CITY
      3 million households
    • UNITED STATES
      112 million households
  • You have chosen to replace incandescent bulbs with
    energy-efficient CFLs.

    Think of other ways you can change how your use electricity.
    • unplugging idle electronics
    • using energy-efficient appliances
    • asking your power company about clean energy options

    Every kilowatt hour saved reduces CO2 emissions
    by about 0.8 kilograms (1.7 pounds).

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