Earth Rangers, have you heard about one of our most popular missions? It’s Operation Conservation, and it’s about something extremely important: helping to stop climate change.
Quick Climate Change Reminder
Climate change occurs when there are too many greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Greenhouse gases are made by burning fossil fuels for energy (for things like electricity, heat and transportation). The gases are trapped in the atmosphere, and this makes the whole planet warmer. When the earth warms up, the climate (the long-term type of weather in an area) changes from what it has been, historically. That means that places can experience less rain, more rain, rising waters, melting glaciers or storms that are stronger than ever before. And THAT causes problems for animals, plants, and, of course, people.
This is obviously something we’re worried about, and we know you are too.
Here’s How YOU Can Help
Earth Rangers, even though climate change is a BIG problem, there are things that YOU can do to help stop it. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Reduce food waste. Make sure you eat everything you buy (and compost food scraps!)
- Walk, bike, or take public transportation instead of taking the car.
- Turn off the lights (and TV and computer) when you leave the room.
- Recycle all of your metal and paper.
- Use less plastic, and buy things that use less packaging.
- Reuse as much as you can instead of buying new. Ask yourself: do I REALLY need that new thing, or can I use something I’ve already got?
And, a very important step you can take: sign up for the Operation Conservation Mission and learn about the seven energy wasters hiding in your home! Remember: the more energy that’s wasted, the more we need to make, and the more we need to make, the bigger your carbon footprint (which is the amount of greenhouse gases you make through the products you use and the actions you take). So, if you get rid of wasted energy, you help to decrease your carbon footprint, which helps to decrease the greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. Win-win-win!
Let’s Meet the Energy-Wasters Hiding in Your Home
Here’s a little preview of just a few of the hidden energy wasters you’ll learn about in the Operation Conservation mission:
Power Phantom – This energy waster will suck up extra energy when unused electronics and appliances are left plugged in.
Devious Draft – This drafty dude is sending cold air in through cracks in the wall and around windows, making you use up extra heat (and energy) to keep your place warm!
Terrible Tap – If you leave your taps running, the Terrible Tap is happy to drink up all of your wasted water.
There are more members of this wasteful group of villains, and YOU, Earth Ranger, have the power to stop them!
Use Your Powers for Good
Thousands of Earth Rangers have pledged to find and stop the energy-wasters in their homes and make the world a greener, healthier place. If you haven’t accepted the Operation Conservation mission yet, now’s the time to join in the fight against climate change!