Whether Global Warming is real or not, this video (no longer available as of 2023) makes a very good argument. It would hurt more to not act, than it would to act. And by acting, we could make some changes in our world and in the economy that would, in the end, benefit everyone. Who can argue with that?

Below are some simple ways that you can help (source):

Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (cfl)

Move your thermostat down 2° in winter and up 2° in summer

Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner

Install a programmable thermostat

Choose energy efficient appliances when making new purchases

Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket

Use less hot water

Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible

Turn off electronic devices you’re not using them

Unplug electronics from the wall when you’re not using them

Only run your dishwasher when there’s a full load and use the energy-saving setting

Insulate and weatherize your home

Buy recycled paper products

Plant a tree

Get a home energy audit

Switch to green power

Buy fresh foods instead of frozen

Seek out and support local farmers markets

Avoid heavily packaged products

Eat less meat

Reduce the number of miles you drive by walking, biking, carpooling or taking mass transit wherever possible

Start a carpool with your coworkers or classmates

Keep your car tuned up

Check your tires weekly to make sure they’re properly inflated

When it is time for a new car, choose a more fuel efficient vehicle

Try telecommuting from home

Fly less

We do most of the above already. We save money doing most of the above. We can save energy doing all of the above. Is it really that “radical” or that “liberal” to make the above changes in our lives? I don’t think so.

Update 2023: Aw, I was so naive back then. Oil companies try to make consumers believe that we can stop climate change, when it’s really corporations, like Big Oil, and government policies that would make the biggest dent in decreasing our planet’s temperature. But let’s just keep putting all the responsibility on the shoulders of the average consumer.


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