FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS



Let's talk about the Paris agreement.

Unless you'd rather talk about the Comey hearing, which yes, we should discuss.

But first, the Paris agreement.

Are we surprised our commander in chief wants out? Uh, not at all.

Really, I don't think there's anything he could do that would surprise me (other than resign, maybe). Still, his decisions and complete lack of logic and reason continue to leave me shaking my head. By that I mean swearing, because seriously, what more can he do?

Don't answer that. That isn't a question I want to know the answer to.

The good news is, there's still a lot we can do to stand up to him, especially in regard to his short-sighted opposition to curtailing climate change. Because, while he says he will cease implementation immediately, his power is somewhat limited.

Unless he signs an executive order eliminating the ozone layer. (For the love, could he try?)

Here's what you can do right now to work toward reducing greenhouse emissions yourself, since our wise leader fails to see the importance.

trees with text to reduce greenhouse emissions



BE MINDFUL OF YOUR AC

The same goes for heating, but with summer upon us, most of us are ready to crank the AC, if we haven't turned it on already. Experts recommend setting it to 78 degrees. If that doesn't seem cool enough, make sure vents are clear and that there isn't furniture obstructing airflow.

Basements are naturally cooler, so try closing the vents down there, especially if you aren't spending time downstairs. Lined curtains can help keep heat out during the day.


CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS AND TRY TO KEEP THEM OFF

CFL and LED are the most energy efficient. They produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb, yet use 75-80% less energy. CFL bulbs can last nearly ten years based on average use, and LED bulbs can last a good twenty years. While they're slightly more expensive, you're definitely changing them less.

If you aren't in a room, turn out the light. If you get plenty of natural light, there's no need to have a light on during the day. Keep appliances and electronics off and unplugged when they aren't in use.


RECYCLE

I actually have a post in my draft file right now on recycling. It's important, so I'll talk about it here, too. If you aren't recycling now, get started. Recycling even half your household waste can save up to 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Check what programs are offered locally if your city doesn't offer a pickup. Take plastic bags to grocery stores that offer recycling, and hold onto batteries, light bulbs, and appliances until you can take them to a facility that will properly dispose of them (Best Buy and similar stores will often take them).

You can take it a step further and opt for products that not only have packaging that is recyclable, but is minimal. Choose paperless billing whenever possible. Take your own reusable bags to the store, for your groceries, and to replace plastic produce bags, as well.

PLANT A TREE

A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide in one year- reaching amounts of up to one ton of carbon dioxide in forty years.

If you're in a position to do so, plant at least one. It doesn't have to be big. Go to a local nursery to get the best recommendation for your yard based on the type of soil, proximity to your home or sidewalk, and sunlight.

USE COLD WATER AND TRY TO USE LESS

Washing clothes in cold water can save your household at least 500 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Newer machines are optimized for washing in cooler water, as are detergents.

Low-flow shower heads are better now than in the Seinfeld-era, and making the switch can save a lot of hot water.

We all know to turn off the water while brushing our teeth, right? Anyone wanna tweet at DJT to make sure he knows?

Keep on keeping on. Just because our president couldn't care less about our planet, doesn't mean we have to sit idly by and watch it be destroyed.

•••

This is week twenty in a series of resisting in the reign of the Trump. Past weeks can be found here. Prayers that he might resign because it's becoming too much for even him are not discouraged.








No comments:

Post a Comment