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
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.
I will do all except give up my very hot very long showers!
Good Ideas…and not too painful.