“We don’t inherit the planet from our parents;
we borrow it from our children.”
Going green is not just a trend, but a lasting way of thought and action—blue is the new green. Here are the easiest and smartest ways you can make a difference to the health of the planet, including buying fuel-efficient vehicles, choosing energy-saving appliances, exploring the aquatic world, choosing ocean-friendly seafood and actively supporting the Aquarium’s conservation efforts.
The way we each live our lives contributes heavily to climate change. We have the ability to make a huge difference in the health of our planet. Transportation accounts for nearly 30 percent of U.S. annual carbon dioxide emissions, and another 30 to 40 percent comes from power plants and the use of electricity. A major portion of the rest comes from the energy used to heat and cool buildings. Therefore, the way we travel and use energy in our homes and offices makes a huge impact. Here are some of the ways you can help reduce your carbon emissions on a daily basis.
Reduce your carbon footprint—live blue™!
The next time you buy a car, choose one that is highly fuel-efficient – or at least more fuel-efficient than the one you had before. Your choice of vehicle is probably your most important decision. For every gallon of gasoline burned, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide go into the atmosphere.
Choose to join a carpool, walk, bike or take public transportation whenever practical. And support local initiatives to make these alternatives more widely available and safe.
Install energy-saving thermostats, light bulbs and appliances in your home. You can tell the appliance is energy saving by looking for the Energy Star designation, awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency. Your furnace and air conditioner are likely to be the biggest carbon emitters in your home. When you replace them, install the most efficient models you can afford. These measures will not only help you cut your carbon emissions, they will save you money too. Most will pay for themselves within just a few years.
Measure your personal carbon emissions by using a carbon calculator and then track how the changes you make reduce your emissions over time. These tools now are available on many websites such as the National Grid's Floe. Once you've set your conservation goals, you can use Energy Star, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy and the Union of Concerned Scientists publications to get more energy conservation tips. Share your results and strategies for living blue on New Dream.
Stay informed by signing up for the Seabits newsletter from the Aquarium or the Ocean Project's monthly ocean newsletter on ocean actions. Keep conservation issues on your mind when you vote. You can contact your congressional representative and senators to encourage them to support actions to address global climate change. You can do simple things in your community such as urge local businesses, libraries, churches, and synagogues to install bike racks and promote community carpooling plans and the construction of bike lanes.
Use your consumer power—learn about the environmental practices of the companies you buy from. For example, encourage your electricity provider to provide clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Look for labels on the products you buy that indicate whether the company producing them has taken its carbon footprint into consideration. And inspire your friends to take action.
It’s easy to make a difference for the oceans by making small changes in your daily life. Here are some of the things you can do to help our environment. We hope this list inspires you, your family and friends to take action, because our combined efforts can—and do—make a difference.
With your help, we rescue marine animals across New England, conserve endangered species and work to preserve and restore marine habitats around the world. Together, we are a force for change. Help us save the oceans today. For example, support our efforts to help coral reefs cope with climate change, right whales to survive, and membership efforts and exhibits that support a sustainable planet.
Become an Aquarium member to receive a free subscription to blue, our quarterly members' magazine. Enjoy feature articles on how to live blue™, exciting recaps of Aquarium expeditions, fun and educational activities for kids and more.
Explore the aquatic world
The more you know about the aquatic world, the better prepared you will be to help protect it. Visit the Aquarium to meet the animals and explore their exhibits. Take advantage of family activities at the Aquarium. Attend a free evening lecture to learn more about marine biology and current conservation issues, or enroll your child in an Aquarium Family Program or Harbor Discoveries Summer Camp. You can also live blue™ at your dinner table with ocean-friendly seafood recipes from the Aquarium's Celebrate Seafood Dinner Series.
Your seafood choices matter. Explore our list of sustainable seafood options, try a new recipe at home or join us for a casual seafood lunch or three-course dinner. Learn more from the Aquarium's Celebrate Seafood Program.