Is Global Warming Real?

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 at 5:40 am Pacific USA Time.

Everybody wants to debate Global Warming. Is it real? Or is it just a typical shift like our earth has had before?

There's one thing I feel like I'm not hearing enough. And that is that whether or not you believe in Global Warming, Climate Change, or whatever you want to call it, there is NO good reason to NOT change our habits and do more for our planet.

Recycling is a great idea whether you believe people cause climate change or not. No reason to throw things away and have them pile up on stinking piles in states where we all live. Recycling is easy. You throw some things in one bin, and some in another. Then you put each bin in the right place. Or maybe where you live, you just drag these bins out, and someone takes them for you.

That was EASY. I will even throw a paper towel I used to dry my hands in the recycle bin. It can come back as a Starbucks thingy so you don't burn your hand on the hot cup. :)

Being smart with energy is easy, and will save you money on your electric bill. So even if you don't want to do it for somebody's idea of what's good for the planet, do it to save money. Turn off lights and ceiling fans in rooms you're not in. Keep the thermostat one degree higher in the summer and one degree lower in the winter. There are small things you can do that can save electricity, save you money, and don't compromise however you see your lifestyle.

Turn off water while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face. Turn it back on when you need it. Don't let it run. Cut your shower down by a few minutes. Yes, please wash :) but you could probably cut 2 minutes out of your shower every day, even if that's 2 minutes of not getting in the shower yet even though the water has heated up.

Carpool where you can. Share rides. Nobody gets any points for driving their own car and having to park it. See if you can travel with someone else. Save gasoline, save on pollution from vehicles, save on traffic in your area. Imagine if traffic moved faster because 1/3 of the people in your area decided to share a ride instead of taking their car too.

I'm thinking about a scooter. If I have to go 0.5 miles to Target to get some shampoo, I probably don't need to drive my V6 SUV. I could ride an efficient scooter getting a zillion miles to the gallon and putting out less pollution.

Got solar? There are lots of great solar chargers out there. Leave them in the sun, plug in something like a cell phone, and you're powered.    

Doesn't matter if Climate Change is real or not. Doesn't matter who caused it. Doesn't matter if it will go away soon. We should be smarter. We should think ahead more. We should save our resources, our community resources, our state resources, our country resources. Little bits count, and are WORTH doing.

What are some things that you do?

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Categories: Just An Observation

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4 Responses to “Is Global Warming Real?”

  1. Tula says:

    Anything we can do to use less oil is a good thing. We’re forking over gobs of cash to people who hate us just to power our lives. I’d rather see power come from more friendly sources :-)
    For my part, I’m planning to buy an electric bike for trips to the grocery store. It’s a couple miles away, but there are a couple of nasty hills on the way and my bum knees don’t like that, especially when loaded down with groceries on the way home. The bikes let you use pedal power and kick in the motor to assist you up hills or if you get tired. So, exercise and saving fuel – sounds like a win to me.

  2. Liz says:

    I get the bus to my office as its an 11 minute bus ride and a whole 15 minutes walking time in total.
    To save on heating we have a duvet on the sofa – energy is way expensive currently in the UK as they have used the fairy story of climate change to make us pay more for stuff.
    That’s what I hate – ‘we are raising our prices to force you to stop using so much energy’ – so why do I get a green smiley face on my energy bill telling me I have used less this year however I am paying 30% more. I save energy so you can charge me more? Grrrrrrrr.
    I don’t believe in climate change but I do believe we need to adjust our practises and be concious of wastefulness and pollution.

  3. Dawn says:

    In my community there was a water conservation campaign by the city government. It was so successful in encouraging people to not waste water! Consumption went down. Unfortunately, it is the city that charges us for our water use, so the reduced consumption meant that city revenues went down. Result? The city decided to increase the price so everyone pays more for water. I love that we are conserving, but not that we get penalized for it. And trash recycling? While paper products do get recycled efficiently, what is the real benefit to the environment when there are 3 gas guzzling garbage trucks coming down the street on trash day (one for regular garbage, one for paper/plastic and one for organics)? No one on my street seems to understand the plastics recycling program here, so the bins are full of non-recyclable items, which means every load is contaminated, which lowers its value to recyclers. I’m just not sure that there’s a net benefit. We feel good about not being wasteful in our personal habits, but what is the environmental cost of our conservation efforts on a large scale?

  4. nullapps says:

    Unless you are privileged enough to live in certain cities recycling is not easy. If I want to recycle my newspaper I have to drive 100 miles to the next city and hope for the best. Odds are they don’t recycle paper either. Cans are no problem but that’s because they have actual value.