Saturday, November 6, 2021

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TOWARD SLOWING GLOBAL WARMING

 COP 26 (Glasgow summit on Global Warming, occurring now in Nov., 2021) is a failure, claims climate activist Greta Thornburg. We in every corner of the world thank Greta  for her diligence on our behalf.

It's well to be aware that participants in COP 26 represent member nations of the United Nations. For them, cutting the speed of global warming has to be balanced by other issues, such as maintaining economic growth targets for their respective countries. Economic growth depends on energy availability. Currently, that means burning fuels (carbon, oil) that generate carbon emission in order to generate power.  

If Greta's correct and public authorities of the world fail to cut emissions, what then? Can we, the citizens, acting together, take the lead in cutting carbon emissions?

I posted some recommendations for individuals in the post dated October 28, 2021. I have a few additional ideas today. Please review the previous week's post (Oct. 28) as well.

First, cut your travel. Automobiles and airplanes are key sources of carbon emissions.

Can you drive less? Walk to and from the grocery store and other short drives.  Use public transportation where/when possible.  

Can you reduce your air travel? Airplane exhaust includes carbon emission in large amounts and spews it at high altitudes. Skip a flight and help save the planet.

Use internet forms of communication. More internet communication with persons and groups saves using fossil fuel for personal transportation to meetings, concerts, class.  Work from home instead of driving to the office. 

Continues to press for change at the governmental level, but don't underestimate the power you have at the individual level.

Remember Ghandi: "Be the change that you want to see in the world."  Let's act together and slow climate change on behalf of future generations.


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