Greenhouse gas emissions are changing our planet. With most of South Florida being just a few feet above sea level, we all stand to lose a lot if CO2 levels continue to increase unchecked.
Temple Emanu-El encourages its members and guests to offset their carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets.
For more information about how our lifestyle is impacting Planet Earth, calculate your personal Carbon Footprint, and purchase corresponding Carbon Offsets, please visit any of the following websites:
Tips for Green Living
On the Road:
- Plan car trips efficiently and combine errands.
- Make your next car at least 35% more fuel efficient than your current one.
- Drive slower.
- Keep your car tires properly inflated for best gas mileage.
- Turn off lights when you leave the room.
- Use cloth napkins and towels instead of paper.
- Use online banking and electronic checking instead of paper checks.
- Reduce your use of gasoline by using the Internet to shop rather than driving far and wide to shop yourself.
- Read newspapers and magazines online.
- Run full loads for your washer, dryer and dishwasher.
- Replace light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. (If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified LED bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy costs and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars!)
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off, or raise the temperature of air conditioning units when you’re not home.
- Shut doors and air vents in unoccupied rooms.
- Install a water filter instead of buying bottled water.
- Wash clothing in warm instead of hot, and cold instead of warm water.
At the Store:
- Buy paper products made from recycled paper.
- Don’t buy disposable products.
- Buy bulk instead of individually wrapped products.
- Bring your own reusable or recycled bags to the supermarket.
In the World:
- Plant trees at home – as many as you can. Over 300,000 acres of forest and rainforest worldwide are destroyed each day.
- Donate trees in Israel at JNF.org and domestically at americanforests.org.
- Walk a few flights of stairs instead of taking an elevator.
- Walk short distances instead of driving.
- Don’t use wooden chopsticks! Either bring your own or use a fork. Over 25 million trees are used to make 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks each year worldwide.
It is not upon you to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from trying.
Pirkei Avot 2:16