Climate Change: Saving the World and Your Money

Climate Change: Saving the World and Your Money

At the United Nations Climate Summit, President Barack Obama said that climate change would "define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other issue." He also announced additional measures to cut carbon emissions.

"I call on all countries to join us, not next year, the year after that, but now," President Obama said.

Associate Professor of Geosciences at MSU Rebecca Dodge says individuals, not just countries as a whole, can make a big difference in combating climate change. She says the primary thing the public can do is to simply use less energy.

"The idea that you need to do something really dramatic to be doing a good job with conservation, that's not true. Very simple things if enough people do them will cut way back on our CO2  emissions," Dodge said.

Dodge says that the idea that we started and can stop climate change is not quite true. But we can cut back on our contribution to it and reduce greenhouse gases. For one thing, she says, cleaning up the air is going to benefit our health, and practicing effective energy conservation will also benefit your wallet.

"You're not going to stop driving your car, but you can get a car with higher gas mileage. You're not going to stop heating and air conditioning your home, but you can get insulated windows," Dodge said.

Professor Dodge tells her students that, with this individualized attitude to climate change, that...

"We don't have to move back into a cave in order to cut back on CO2 emissions."

In 2013, 13 percent of the United States energy supply was classified as renewable energy, with the three most common power sources being hydro electric, wood biomass, and wind.
Protesters at climate demonstrations in New York this week called for the world to commit to only using renewable energy by 2050. Dodge says that the idea that its all going to be renewable in thirty five years is a bit unrealistic.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6