Switch to green electricity – Use electricity retailers in your country that offer electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Use energy efficient lighting - LEDs for example use up to 80 percent less energy and last as much as 25 times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs.
Be energy conscious - Switch off your lights, computer, TV and sound system when not in use. Even in standby these appliances use 10-60% of power. In 2008 the EU adopted an Ecodesign Regulation to improve this.
Make your house more energy efficient - Ask your electric or gas supplier to perform an energy audit of your house, and then put the recommendations into practice.
Green your bank account – Ask your bank about their investment portfolio and make sure your money is invested in sectors that contribute to a more sustainable economy. Check the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, an independent network of green banks using finance to deliver sustainable development for communities and the environment.
Invest consciously – Pension funds and asset managers increasingly propose specialised funds ring-fenced for renewable energy, green economy, the water sector, etc. In this way your money will benefit you and the environment.
Discover Europe’s nature: Europe has the world’s biggest network of protected areas. Visit a Natura 2000 site close to you.
Choose an eco-tourist destination: Many travel companies and hotels now offer holidays which support sustainable development, have a low impact on the environment, and provide financial support to local communities. Look at WWF’s ecotips in various countries and WWF’s EcoNature initiative.
Don’t take illegal souvenirs home: Products made from endangered species, including animal hides and body parts, tortoise-shell, ivory, or coral threaten species and are often illegal! Prefer handcrafts made by local communities: you will help their local economy and respect their environment.
Reduce the environmental impact of your travel: find the smartest way to reach your destination and offset your emissions.