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How Can YOU Help Save the Earth ?

April 22, 2009

New York, NY — Today is Earth Day, and experts say there are basic steps each of us can take to help save the earth. Scientists say that unless changes are made, rising tides from global warming could cost New York billions of dollars and put thousands of lives in jeopardy in coming decades. But the experts also say that little things like carpooling, riding a bike, and unplugging appliances that are not in use can add up to big results when it comes to curbing the carbon emissions that contribute to heating up the climate.

Marian Lindberg, conservation adviser at the Nature Conservancy, suggests that all New Yorkers take a moment to measure their own carbon footprints on Earth Day. She measured her own a few years ago - and was shocked.

"I learned that if everyone lived the way I did, we would need two planets, because I was using too much of the world's resources. So now I buy local products, cutting out transportation emissions, and ride my bike rather than drive whenever possible."

New Yorkers send carbon into the atmosphere through cars, planes, factories, and even running air conditioners. Lindberg says that, for just a dollar, a person can help plant a tree in a faraway forest that will make a long term difference in New York.

"Planting that tree in Brazil helps to expand the Atlantic forest; forests are natural ways to trap carbon and, yes, planting trees in Brazil will come back and help you in New York and will help your children."

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency issued a statement last week that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare.

You can determine your own carbon footprint, help plant a tree, or learn about other ways to offset carbon by contacting the Nature Conservancy or visiting their Web site:

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY