Countdown to Copenhagen: Posters from the Past that Can Guide Us in the Future

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As we count down to COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009, many of us are thinking about the changes we have to make in the way we live, in order to reduce our carbon footprint. None of these changes are particularly new; our parents and grandparents had to do much the same thing to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, food and consumables during World War II. To encourage or shame them, governments and agencies produced posters that are just as valid today, advocating activities such as car sharing in graphic form.1. Saving Fuel
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They didn't kid around when it came to using emotional blackmail, either.

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2. Walk Instead of Drive
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Another message that resonates today is walking, or cycling, instead of driving everywhere. They did it to save rubber, but we also know that walking is healthier, that walkable cities consume less fuel per person and have a lower carbon footprint.

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3. Cut Back on Travel

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The word "staycation" is really ugly, but it saves a lot of fossil fuel.

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Not quite as much fun as going to the country, really.

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But there are lots of places to go that are not so far away, maybe it isn't so bad.

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4. Weatherize Your Home
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They weren't handing out tax credits and weatherization grants, but everyone understood the importance of reducing fuel consumption.

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All of their suggestions for reducing fuel consumption now apply today.

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Including appropriate clothing.

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