12 Steps Toward an Oil Change - Actions You Can Take in Response to the BP Oil Spill

Write a Letter to the President: Send our letter asking the President to make sure BP's fines includes a fund to create a greener, cleaner future for the Gulf Drive Less: Combine trips, drive a vehicle with better gas mileage, take public transportation, carpool with friends and neighbors, walk or bike instead, find shorter routes, or even just skip a trip.

Keep your car in good running order: Keep tires properly inflated, get regular oil changes, investigate problems when they're small. If your car is not running right, chances are, it will use more gas.

Say No to Plastic: Plastic is made from petroleum. Use your own canvas bags, reusable water bottles, and try to buy as many things as possible in aluminum and glass, or paper. Why store food in plastic when you can store it in glass?

Eat Less Processed Foods: Corn instead of corn chips. Fruit instead of Froot Loops. Water instead of soda. All that processing, packaging, and even some of the flavors and colors involve oil and/or petrochemicals.

Think Locally: Buy products that are produced locally, instead of one's that require transportation from a distance. Buy vegetables and fruits in season instead of one's that are imported from another country.

Weatherize Your Home: Oil-heated homes are generally older and are often not well insulated. One study found that weatherization of houses heated by fuel oil produced an average net savings of 18 percent.

Use Alternate Sources of Energy. Think wind and solar power, and try alternate home-heating solutions. Talk to your local utility company - many power providers offer green energy sources as an option on your bill.

Watch What You Wear: Every day fabric staples like polyester and nylon are made from Petrol. Opt for natural based fibers like hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo.

Update Your Cleaning Products: Most mainstream products (including dish soap) often are made with petroleum by-products. Seek out cleaners made from certifiable natural products, or even better make your own.

Change Your Personal Care Products: Lots of beauty products use petroleum-derived ingredients. Make sure to shop for products with the USDA Organic Seal and avoid products with these ingredients: Ceteareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Myreth Sulfate.

Donate to Global Green USA: Help us support the communities impacted, help document the devastation the oil spill is causing, and fight for more legislative regulation of the oil industry and increased investment in renewable energy and clean technologies. Donate here.