If you are a middle or high school student who wants to motivate others to engage in activities to address climate change and reduce its effects on children's health, here's how you can become a Climate Ambassador.
Motivate at least 5 other students to give climate change and children's health presentations to other students, youth organizations, at school, or in the community.
Get 10 people to Change the World and Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge. The pledge encourages changes throughout the home. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would prevent the same amount of greenhouse gases as removing more than 800,000 cars from the road.
Get 10 people to Take a Pledge to Fix a Leak around the home. The pledge encourages changes throughout the home. You'll save a precious resource, but that's not all. Fixing easily corrected household water leads can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills. On average, a U.S. household can leak 11,000 gallons of water per year - enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!
Motivate your school or school district to take the ENERGY STAR Challenge to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more.
Recruit at least one leader from your community, school, or other organization to issue a climate change and children's health proclamation, encouraging young people to take actions to address climate change and its effects on children's health.
Lead an effort to reduce energy consumption in your school or community and calculate your results. Examples include getting more students to walk, bike, carpool, or take a bus to school or reducing the amount of waste produced at your school or in your community.
To become a Climate Ambassador, you must do at least one of the following:
Share your success stories with others:
Tell us what you've done to become a leader in motivating others to address climate change and children's health and download a Climate Ambassador certificate.
Post your stories to the Students for Climate Action blog.
Make every effort to participate in ENERGY STAR webinars.
Commit to spreading the word about "Creating a New Climate for Action."
Add this image to your website including your social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook!
For more information visit the US Environmental Protection Agency website at http://www.epa.gov/climateforaction/lead/become.htm