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It’s not too late to reverse the trend, said Bruce, but we have to take it upon ourselves because governments are having a hard time forcing changes.

"It’s a challenge. We have to do a lot to start making changes in our daily lifestyle," he said. The two biggest areas for change are energy efficiency and transportation, with transportation accounting for the largest percentage of our combined greenhouse gas emissions.

"There’s a lot we can do at home. Turn down our hot water heaters, install high efficiency insulation, lighting and appliances. Just weather stripping our doors saves 30 per cent on energy bills," said Bruce.

"That’s only part of it. To make a real change we have to look at transportation. Unfortunately the trend is that people are driving more and buying less efficient vehicles – that’s something we have to change."

Hybrid vehicles are a good start, reducing fuel consumption by 60 to 70 per cent for drivers already in smaller cars. If you drive a Hummer, which gets less than 16 kilometres a gallon (3.79 litres), a hybrid could cost you up to 500 per cent less to operate.

Another priority, according to Bruce, is to keep Canada in the Kyoto protocol, even if we fall short of our commitments at first.

The David Suzuki Foundation has also started a new campaign against urban sprawl, which puts more strain on public transportation and encourages people to use their cars.

Lastly, Bruce suggested that people sign up and take the Nature Challenge with the David Suzuki Foundation, a step-by-step progression to reduce personal greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Kyoto Protocol.

For more information on the Melting Mountains program, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Nature Challenge, visit www.davidsuzuki.org.

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