Dear Hippies, Hipsters, Counter-Culture Friends and Freaks, and Earth-Friendly people of the World,
I recently saw the film "An Inconvenient Truth" - I heard it was must see.
What I saw - and what I didn't see - was brought to such a state of clarity that I was frozen in a state of numbness after the film ended. Mr. Gore not only brought to the world's attention an understanding of how badly we have altered our natural state of this planet at a rapid pace, but how we are continuing down a self-destructive path towards our own doom and damnation. Not to be so bleak - but the facts are chilling. There were several points of the film where I felt sick to my stomach and had tears swell in my eyes. Thankfully the former Vice President was able to deliver a few quick chuckles throughout the film in order to lighten the air.
To think. . . he could have been, some even say should have been, our President.
No - it is best not to think like that - for the way things are now are just too different by comparison.
What I didn't see in this film was a government taking the immediate and necessary actions to halt and alter humanities destructive pattern. We can not think in boarders and boundaries, for the Earth only has two land and water. The nation of France can not be saved from Global Warming and Greenhouse Gases while Spain sinks under the melted polar ice caps. We are one race Human and we must put aside melatonin differences and take on our individual responsibilities towards ourselves, our brethren, our children, and our environment. If humanity maintains this deadly pattern of living the world over will suffer.
We can not trust our governments to save us before it is too late. We can not count on our so-called global leaders to take the burdens of the world upon themselves. Especially in the United States once the land of the free and home of the brave whos government is now in bed with consumer-driven capitalist big business. This current state of government has refused itself from doing anything of significant consequence to assist in reversing the issues of the environment. However to play fair there are individuals in the government who are striving for change and progress of humanity but overall the system is corrupt and bleak. I once worked in Congress and saw first hand how fraudulent the system is; that in order to maintain reelection one has to serve the issues of the companies before it serves the issues of the citizens.
The greatest tool at hand to create a global effort of change is here in front of us. The Internet. The power of the World Wide Web is almost infinite as it has the possibility to create a mass of human conscious which anyone with computer access has the ability to upload to and download from. With the advent of digital information systems such as Google and Wikipedia we see that there is nearly nothing beyond our intelligent reach. Knowledge is power, and we have the ability to evolve ourselves thru education.
My friends I beseech you to not turn one more blind eye towards our earthly dilemma. We have no more time to squander. If your wallet does not suffer from driving a Humvee surely your soul will suffer from the devastating affects it inflicts upon the planet.
First go see An Inconvenient Truth if you have not already done so
Secondly we should not have to wait until laws in place to know how to do the right thing. There are several ways to reduce your own personal causes of greenhouse gases. A list is attached below.
Third bring information to others. Once you have opened your eyes spread the word to another.
The Avant-Garde Patriot
Jen G. Bowen
(below list taken from wikihow.com)
Around the House
Reduce the amount of red meat in your diet. Methane is the number 1 producer of greenhouse gasses, and reducing mean in your diet is a healty way to help.
Don't use a leaf blower. Instead, get a broom and a shovel. Do it by hand. It will make your place look cleaner and you get a little bit of exercise. Your neighbors will thank you for the noise reduction, too!
Consider using a reel mower instead of a gas- or electic-powered lawn mower. Again, more exercise, less noise, and more importantly, less CO2 emission.
Buy local produce when you go to the grocery store rather than items trucked in from far away.
Plant a tree. Well-placed landscaping cuts energy costs in summer and winter. Also, one tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide in its lifetime.
Repaint your house with latex paint instead of oil. The paint releases significantly fewer harmful fumes while drying and smells a lot better.
Make sure the dishwasher and washing machine are full before running them to save energy and money.
Buy energy efficient appliances with the "Energy Star" label.
Call your local utility and sign up for renewable energy. If they dont offer it, ask them why not.
Get a home energy audit. Many utilities offer free audits, which may reveal simple ways to cut emissions.
Weatherize your home, caulk, and weather-strip your doorways and windows. Not only will this save energy, but it will save you money!
Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer.
Unplug your cell phone charger and other electronics from the wall when you are not using them. Did you know that even when turned "off" your hairdryers, cell phone chargers, and cameras use energy?
Make sure to turn off lights and other energy-sucking devices when they arent being used.
Replace your normal light bulbs with fluorescent ones. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more expensive, but replacing just one light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide. They produce the same amount of light, last 10 times as long, and use a 1/4 of the electricity reducing your energy consumption AND your electric bill!
Take shorter showers.
If you're leaving your computer for a while, put it on stand-by. You'll be able to restart it quickly, and it'll take less energy than shutting it down and then restarting it.
Before turning the heating on, put on thick socks and a sweater.
As always, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Plastics, cardboard, pop cans, and paper are all recyclable. By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Buy a bike. With gas prices so high, it will pay for itself. Ride it to work, or take a joy ride. Everyone benefits when you ride a bike. You help conserve our limited oil resources, you are not polluting, and you are exercising.
Walk around the corner rather than drive. It may be convenient to drive, but let's face it, it probably takes longer than walking would, and emits pollutants to boot.
For longer trips, take public transportation or carpool. These options may take a little longer, but you can read, listen to headphones, work on computer or craft projects, or talk to people instead of having to stare straight ahead for the length of your commute. There are many carpool and rideshare websites on the internet for both regular and one-time trips. Try craigslist.org for your one-time trips. Your city government might also facilitate carpool trips.
Consolidate your trips. If you must drive to do laundry, shopping, etc., plan to do all weekly errands on one day. You can get everything you need in one trip, saving you money and time. Also, it's more fuel efficient to start a car if it's already warmed up.
Use less gas. The gas you pump into your car or SUV is derived from fossil fuels which, when processed, release a good share of greenhouse gases into the air. Consider purchasing a hybrid car.
At the Cash Register
Buy only post-consumer recycled paper products, including toilet paper and tissues. The paper industry is the third greatest contributor to global warming emissions.
Dont buy from companies that refuse to make post-consumer paper! Producing new paper, glass, and metal products from recycled materials saves 70o 90f the energy and pollution that results from products made from virgin materials.
Buy certified wood to support sustainably managed forests.
Tell the companies you invest in that you care about global warming and you will pull your investments if they dont address the issue. Dont like a companys stance on global warming? Go to shareholder meetings and speak up!