The reality of global warming has finally hit the mainstream. According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the effects of global warming will continue for centuries–even if we could halt levels of C02 and other greenhouse gases at their current levels. Without a serious effort by the entire world, we will see extreme weather, devastating storms, drought, and flooding in coastal cities. This news is not good.
As a front-page article in this morning’s L.A. Times points out, “The only possibility now is to slow the buildup of carbon. If emissions can be reduced enough, the gradual process of warming can be stretched into centuries.” This may work for us, but it doesn’t make me feel as though we’ve been good shepherds of this planet for our children and their grandchildren.
There is, however, hope if we all get serious about making a significant difference. But we have to get involved, spread the word, and vote for policies that will at least help our country get on track. Maybe if we lead the way, others will follow.
Good places to start are to use combustion engines and motors less and waste less energy. Drive less or carpool. Rake your yard instead of using a leaf blower. Solar-heat your pool. Wear a sweater instead of turning up the heat. Make your next car a hybrid. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs, which give off the same amount of light but use a third less energy.
You say these measures seem insignificant? By themselves, they are. But if we all do this in concert, we can make a difference. If everyone replaced just one bulb with a compact fluorescent, the savings would equal the emissions of about 800,000 cars.
There are hundreds of ways you can save energy at home. You’ll see them appearing regularly at HomeTips.com.
© 2007, Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com
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