This article was published 5/7/2007. Could you believe that we are still questioning global warming! I think it is important to look back and see the red flags that we ignored so that we can take action now. I don’t know about you, but I have certainly changed. We are approaching another new year and we have a little less than 10 yrs to clean up our world so that living beings can inhabit the earth. At the end of the below article, I have listed what I started doing 3 months ago. Read the list and add to the comment section suggestions that you have. I am really interested in reading what you have to say.
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Newsweek this past month asked the question as to “Why scientists are losing the PR wars” because millions of Americans have changed their mind about global warming and decided it isn’t happening.
The question comes to mind as to why Americans do not trust or value scientist’s findings.
How can anyone disregard human activities such as burning coal and oil, climate change studies or the continuous equations in circulation models? How come so much denial? Is that adults don’t want to be bothered or take responsibility for change?
Newsweek claims that all this is happening because scientists are “lousy communicators”. I find that an excuse for taking responsibility for our actions.
When my grandson was 3 yrs old he started blaming his younger brother for something and pointed his finger at him. I said to him, “Jimmy, when you blame someone else and point your finger at them you are pointing 3 fingers at yourself. So you need to take responsibility for hitting your brother, no matter what he did.”
Jimmy looked at his hand, counted his fingers that were pointing at himself, went over and kissed his brother and said he was sorry! If a 3-yr old can get it, what’s up with adults!!!!
On the other hand, scientists need to be forthcoming and truthful about their findings. We are getting mixed messages and it is hard to sort out truth from fiction.
Here is what I have been doing differently in the last 3 months:
- Working to avoid products not encased in plastic
- When people are polluting and I think it is safe to approach them:
Ask them to turn off the motor of their car when they are sitting in it or standing next to it: “Excuse me, I just have to ask you to turn off the motor of your car/truck because we only have 10 years to save the earth so we can inhabit it. Also, did you know that this town has an idle law and you can get a ticket?”
It is hard to believe because everyone ignores this law. Only emergency vehicles, are allowed to keep their motor running if it is not moving. Check with the police in your town.
- I return all hangers and plastic covering to my local cleaners.
- I am diligent about using cloth bags for groceries and other store bought items.
- If someone is smoking close to a public building, I remind that the law in our town is that no one can smoke within 100 feet of a public building. What is the law in your town?
- Last week I saw a maintenance man drop a lit cigarette butt in the alley. I reported him to the apartment building manager. I did not give a name but asked him to tell all the maintenance crew that they must cease doing that.
- In our town we have a conscientious recycling program. So I looked at all the recycling items and started to cut back on subscriptions, billing by mail, besides the packaging mentioned above.
- When it is cold outside, I pull the shades down or close the drapes to stop the heat from leaving the rooms and the cold from penetrating through the windows; when the sun is shining through the windows, the shades, blinds and drapes are opened.
- I keep the thermostat at 68 degrees and layer my clothes. When I go to sleep, I turn the heat down 2 degrees.
What’s your take on this? Weigh in with your opinion. Also, tell us what you are doing, if anything, to help reduce your carbon footprint.