Another day has passed and I’ve done nothing lately (other than read a review of the new Tesla S economy car) about climate change. I’ll bet you haven’t either. Well, we’d better get started.
This from the Guardian:
Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres is among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming. Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.
Already, I fear, our generation will fail its ultimate test – to leave for those who come after us a better world than the one we inherited from those who came before us.
But if we don’t do what must be done to stop a catastrophe from engulfing, if not us, then surely our children and grandchildren, then we will not simply be failures but perpetrators, for we do, indeed, know what needs to be done.
Some things on my list:
- Drive less and make your next car electric or at least a hybrid;
- Bicycle and walk more — In Denmark, 16 percent of all trips—and 25 percent of trips less than 3 miles—are made by bike. In the U.S., the numbers are much smaller. Less than 1 percent in 2003, but rising quickly.
- Take public transportation whenever you can;
- Eat less meat – “The meat-centric Western diet … comes with a steep climate price tag: one-fifth of global emissions. If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases;” from the Drawdown Project, a very interesting source.
- Replace all your light bulbs with LED bulbs — they use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs for the same amount of light, and half as much as compact fluorescents, without toxic mercury. By transferring most of their energy use into creating light—rather than heat, like older technologies—LEDs reduce electricity consumption and air-conditioning loads;
- Get political – become a climate voter and let your reps know about it. Learn about the Citizens Climate Lobby “fee and dividend” legislation – that puts a revenue-neutral price on carbon.
There are lots more at the Drawdown Project site.
And one more thing you can do if you are in or near Chicago – Sandi and I are hosting a watch party for the soon-to-be released Al Gore movie – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. If you’d like to come, first order tickets to the 4:55 p.m. showing on Aug. 5 at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. Then plan to come to our house afterwards for food, drink and discussion. Logistical details when you sign up.