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While it’s good to promote your family, friends, and community to be more climate-conscious, it is important that you, yourself, practice what you preach.

You should lead by way of shrinking your carbon footprint and making climate-friendlier household decisions. People might expect this, and they ought to. Furthermore, it will allow you to realize the intricacies of sustainable living for the New Year to come and better inform your decisions.

What are some ways you can adapt to establish a home that is environment-friendly for the year 2018 and, perhaps, cut cost? Here’s how you can practice climate change in your home.

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The video, shot by National Geographic-contributing photographer Paul Nicklen and filmmakers from a conservation group called Sea Legacy, shows the starving animal making its way with difficulty across the terrain. PHOTO: PAUL NICKLEN/INSTAGRAM.

A video of an emaciated polar bear on iceless land has highlighted starkly the drastic effects of climate change.

Read more: Video of starving polar bear highlights climate change effects

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At a very young age, Blake Holiday saw the future and it was on two wheels.

“I’ve always loved bicycles,” he says. “When I was 6, my dad taught me how to ride a bike in our front yard. I remember quite clearly the feeling of riding across that yard after my dad let go and hearing the wind in my ears and experiencing that feeling of being free. Then I ran right into a thorny bush and got cut up pretty badly. But I was hooked. And here I am 40 years later, still in love with riding my bike.”

Except now he’s riding for a cause and helping thousands of others do the same. After working for five years as a guide at Backroads Bicycling — an adventure company where he led biking, hiking, and multi-sport trips in Utah, Hawaii, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, and the Napa Valley — two of his friends from Backroads, Caeli Quinn, and Geraldine Carter, had what Holiday, now 47, calls “a crazy idea.” They wanted to stage a multi-day bike ride from New York City to Washington, D.C., to raise money and awareness for climate change. In September 2008, the three organized what they thought would be a one-time event and had about 100 people sign up to ride and fundraise to benefit climate-related organizations — something that no one else was doing at the time.

Climate Ride participants pose in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., a repeat destination for riders. (Photo: Submitted)

Read more: Pedal power: Palm Springs cyclist rallies support to counter climate change with international rides

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