Climate Change and Fuel Efficiency: Do Something Wednesdays


Grab the kids in your life and join us for “Do Something Wednesdays.” Every Wednesday we will be giving you a few tips and ideas about what you and your family can do about Climate Change, on and OFF line! We are thrilled to be showcasing Climate Mama Joylette Portlock’s new video series, “Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something.”

Using humor and fun to teach us the facts about Climate Change, Joylette gives us tools we can use to empower us and our families and friends to take action to address the climate crisis. Get your whole family involved! In case you missed the launch of this original, fun and informative series, we started at episode one and will be showcasing the Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something series every Wednesday. Take a break with your kids now and check out Episode Three.

This third episode helps us understand how when we drive, we burn fossil fuels that create greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. Little changes we make in the way we drive, combining errands, driving at certain speeds, NOT idling, keeping the air pressure up in our tires, all help us save money and help the environment. Joylette also talks about the average CAFE (Corporate Average Fleet Economy) standards for cars (miles per gallon) which have been at 27.5 MPG since 1985. The Obama administration proposed increased CAFE standards for vehicles to 54.5 mpg and this proposal became reality on August 28, 2012, going into effect for cars beginning in 2017. This will make cars much more efficient, help us save money and reduce the amount of CO2 we put in the air!

As always with this series, Joylette gives us “something to do,” at home (don’t idle your car, saves you money and the environment) and on line, in commenting to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the EPA to voice your support for an increase in the average miles per gallon that a car can achieve. Check mark on the second “do something,” as it has happened! Consider sending a thank you to the same organizations for bringing this proposal to reality! And if you “can’t wait” until next week for us to air Episode 4, visit the Do Something About Climate YouTube Channel today and catch the whole series now!


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