Help W2O protect our blue planet by Taking Action!

Every effort makes a difference! Climate Change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) that emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, “thickening” the blanket of heat trapping gases surrounding the planet. The warming of the oceans affects our weather, food supply and fragile marine animals.  Read and learn more about climate change from our partners at the New England Aquarium.

At the April 2014 W2O event, Women emPowered: Leading the future of clean and efficient energy event, we learned that home energy usage is one of the leading contributors to human induced climate change. You can protect your family, community and our blue planet. (Pictured below our expert panel, Kevin O’Connor (This Old House), Kateri Callahan (Alliance to Save Energy), Tom King (National Grid) and Ann Berwick (MA Dept Utilities) along with W2O Chair Barbara Burgess and W2O Board Member Michelle King.

Photo: David Parnes Photography

Photo: David Parnes Photography

 

Take Action on Climate Change

  • Write to your United States Senator to support the Shaheen-Portman Bill for cost effective energy solutions. Learn about the bill and find a guide to take action at The Alliance to Save Energy.
  • Schedule a free home energy assessment and learn how you can save money and energy in your home. A home energy assessment educates you about improvements you can make to save money and energy. An assessment will determine where your house is loosing energy, give advice about updating your heating and cooling systems and identify simple steps for making your home more comfortable and energy efficient. There is no obligation to buy or change anything at the time of the assessment, and it is up to you to decide what best suit your needs and budget when choosing to make upgrades. Every state has home energy assessments companies. Contact your local utilities company for information about trained energy audit professionals. In Massachusetts contact MassSaves. 

Give to the Oceans!

The health of our oceans is crucial to the well-being of both marine and human life. Protect what you love by adding the preservation of the oceans to your “philanthropic dance card.”

  • Join W2O and learn more about protecting our oceans. 

Only 3 percent of the Earth’s oceans are protected. Ask a W2O and our partner, the world renown New England aquarium what organizations are really making an impact in ocean conservation and research.

Reduce Single Use Plastic Waste

  • Write to your local representative about supporting the ban on plastic carry out bags. CLICK HERE  for a sample letter and more information about the bill in Massachusetts. Most states have put forth plastic bag bans. Find one in your state or manicipality.
  • You can reduce single use plastic in your everyday life by carrying a reusable bag, not only to the grocery store, but also to retails stores when buying all items once put in a single use plastic bag.
  • When asking for a drink, say “no thanks” to the straw! You may have to remind your server when they are about to put that glass down at the table, but this is an easy action idea that reduces single use plastic pollution.
  • REFUSE SINGLE USE PLASTIC.  When offered a single use bag, straw or water bottle, REFUSE (the fourth “R” in Reuse, Recycle, Reduce) and opt to use your own reusable bag (or just carry that small item), drink without a straw and carry a reusable water bottle.

Get Educated About Purchasing and Ordering Sustainable Seafood:

Use your New England Aquarium Ocean Friendly Seafood card or refer to one of these excellent online resources when buying or ordering seafood:

www.neaq.org/oceanfriendlyseafood (New England Aquarium)
www.montereybayaquarium.org/seafoodwatch (Monterey Bay Aquarium)
www.blueocean.org (Blue Ocean Institute)

Learn more by taking our quiz on Key Ocean Issues:

Learn how to talk to your friends, neighbors and community about risks to our oceans.   Click here for our Questions and Answers for Key Ocean Issues.

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