HARDLY a day goes by without the phrases "climate change" and "carbon emissions" being bandied about.
Disturbing images of melting ice caps and cities under water remind us of what could happen in the near future. A summit in the Danish capital Copenhagen is supposed to come up with a plan to curb greenhouse emissions.
While countries such as the US and China are the biggest contributors, ordinary people can make a difference.
Changes to your shopping list this festive season can help the environment.
Paper plates and cups are best for picnics and outings. Unlike styrofoam, disposable paper utensils can be recycled. Wrapping gifts with recycled paper will save trees, while lighting up the Christmas tree with light-emitting diode bulbs reduces power consumption.