New EPA Videos Suggest Only You Can Prevent Climate Change

By Susan Jones | August 27, 2013 | 10:28 AM EDT

Traffic is bumper to bumper south-bound on I-395 headed out of Washington before the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 20, 2012, in Alexandria, Va. (AP Photo)

( - In an attempt to instill a "climate change" mentality in Americans, the Environmental Protection Agency has just released a new series of short public service videos explaining how we can all do something to reduce our carbon footprint.

Most of those videos begin with a narration saying: "Our climate is changing. The choices we make affect the amount of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere. Making a few changes around the (office/home/commute) can cut carbon emissions."

On the road, the EPA suggests biking, public transit, and carpooling as an alternative to driving. Go easy on the gas pedal, one of the videos suggests. Inflate your tires, remove unnecessary items from your vehicle to reduce its weight; get tuneups; and make fewer errand runs.

At the office, the EPA is telling Americans to shut off computers and electronics when they are not in use; turn off the lights; recycle; print on both sides of the paper; buy Energy Star copiers and appliances and products that use recycled materials.

At home, we should swap out light bulbs for energy-efficient alternatives; change air filters; lower the thermostat in winter and raise it in summer; recycle -- and "reduce your carbon impact to the environment."

The EPA says its latest video series "supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and highlights benefits of reducing energy consumption."

The climate change PSAs were produced in-house, and cost $2,900 for the 15 videos. The EPA claims that's about a tenth of what they could have cost if they were produced by an outside contractor.