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New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet From The Nature Conservancy

As the New Year approaches, The Nature Conservancy on Long Island urges the public to think about making resolutions for the planet. You can help reduce global warming, and protect and preserve our natural habitats and wildlife.

Here are a few tips to get your started.

1. Keep it local. Shopping locally and buying products made nearby – as opposed to items that have been flown or trucked in from afar – will decrease carbon emissions that lead to global warming.

2. Go native! Avoid planting invasive plants. Familiarize yourself with native, local plants that help support local birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife. Don’t dispose of wreaths, flower bouquets outside where the seeds can spread to natural areas.

3. Take a hike! Did you know that The Nature Conservancy owns more than 20 beautiful, easily-accessible and admission-free nature preserves on Long Island? Enjoy these and other local parks, preserves, forests, coastlines and natural areas.

4. Teleconference instead of flying. For meetings, if you can telephone or videoconference, you will save company time and money while saving our planet by limiting carbon emissions.

5. Turn down the heat. Lowering the temperature of your home just a few degrees this winter makes a big difference in energy usage and will save on energy costs, too.

6. Speak out. Voice your environmental concerns to local lawmakers. Tell them you’d like protection, management and restoration of our forests, wetlands, bays and parks.

7. Decrease chemical dependency. Come springtime, think green in a new way; limit your use of lawn fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides – they can drain into our drinking water and our harbors and bays.

8. Use green muscle. If you live near the coast, use native plants to help prevent erosion. Avoid bulk-heading your property.

9. See the light. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. You’ll save energy and money.

10. Recycle and use recycled products. Buy products made from recycled paper, glass, metal and plastic. These require less energy to manufacture than do products made from new materials.

Visit www.nature.org/longisland for more information.