Inconvenient Truth Meetings?
Original post made by Robyn on Jul 29, 2006
There are so many things we can do to reduce our CO2 emissions, large and small, but is it hard to be good even we can sing Al's song.
I believe it would help if people in the community met once a month to support and encourage one another in finding do-able activities that would reduce our CO2 emissions. I'm afraid that the farther we get from the movie theater, the farther away these concerns become. Ongoing meetings would keep us actively involved in working on solutions.
on Jul 30, 2006 at 2:24 pm
I don't know that we need to hold meetings -- there's a fairly obvious list of things most of us can do, in no particular order:
-- switch to walking or bicycling
-- use mass transit (Caltrain, VTA, SamTrans)
-- move to be closer to your job
-- switch jobs to so that you work closer to home
-- buy food grown nearby
-- eat lower on the food chain
-- buy food shipped via surface shipment instead of by air
-- do your errands on foot or by bicycle
-- when buying appliances and cars, go for the most
energy-efficient option available
-- buy products with as little packaging as possible
-- add insulation if possible
-- shut off your air conditioner -- Look for other ways to cool off
on hot days, such as going for a walk at the Palo Alto baylands
where the frigid water cools the air.
-- switch to more efficient appliances and light bulbs
-- subsidize renewable energy by signing up for Palo Alto Green
-- install a solar hot water heater if you don't already have one
-- sell unwanted items on ebay
-- recycle when possible
* At work
-- Look for ways to reduce energy consumption in the processes you
use at work (these will often save money)
-- when designing equipment, make low energy consumption a priority
-- Consider energy consumption when making design decisions for
* When you really must consume
-- pay others to reduce emissions via a credit trading system
Eg: Green Tags or equivalent
on Jul 31, 2006 at 10:52 am
Thanks for a great list David. Though some items weren't obvious to me - which is why I see value in community meetings. When people get together and share new ideas, people feel encouraged to use them.
You are enlightened, but even in Palo Alto, not everyone is. Compare the near empty sidewalks and bikelanes to the automobile crowded streets and parking lots. There are plenty of people who struggle with consumerism, I think they would be inspired and see simple, do-able ways to make changes if they had a chance to meet with people like you in an unjudging, proactive atmosphere.
on Jul 31, 2006 at 3:52 pm
I'll reiterate a great one from the list that all of us in Palo Alto can do: Subscribe to Palo Alto Green, to get 100% of your energy from renewable sources (wind and solar)!