How Everyone Can Help
Stop Global Warming
|An introduction to Global Warming and Peak Oil Concepts - An Essay|
What Can I Do?
Many of the actions that you can take now cost little to no money, take minimal time investment and can save you $100 or more in your yearly power bills and reduces CO2 emissions by thousands of pounds per year.
Reduce Your Use
1. Solar - Our 4.5 kW system was installed by a local company, REC solar
4. Green Energy Credits - Native Energy
5. CO2 Offsets - Carbonfund
1. Ride a Bike.
An amazing amount of fuel is wasted driving to areas within a few miles of our homes. Riding a bicycle is a clean, healthy, inexpensive, and convenient way to commute short distances. Links: San Luis Obispo rideshare bike info,
2. Public transportation
We can save an incredible amount of resources by sharing rides, taking public transportation and getting out of our cars whenever possible. Links: SLO Regional Transit Authority,
3. Electric Cars
This technology is coming along quickly and electric cars are becoming commercially available. The most exciting right now is the Tesla roadster, an all-electric sports car that goes 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, has a top speed of and a range of 250 miles! Links: Who Killed The Electric Car?,
Biodiesel is a hydrocarbon made from plant oil. It is renewable, CO2 neutral, emits no sulfur and has minimal emissions, and can be used without any or with very minor alteration to any diesel vehicle including cars, trucks, agriculture machines, trains, and generators. Links:Our Home Biodiesel Diary, The Collaborative Biodiesel Tutorial, Utah Biodiesel Supply,
5. Vegetable oil
Used or new vegetable oil can be filtered and will run in any diesel engine as long as it's hot enough. There are engine modification kits that will allow your diesel vehicle to run directly on vegetable oil. There are other 2-tank systems that start the vehicle on diesel or biodiesel, using your coolant system to heat up the oil, then switching over to biodiesel when it is up to temperature. These kits are fairly easy to install for the do-it-yourselfer and run from $600-$1500. Links: Greasecar, Frybrid, Golden Fuel Systems,
6. Ethanol (actually not a good option but better than petrol
7. Live closer to work
Buy less and buy local.Because it is available, we consume.There are endless plastic doo-dads made in Chinese sweatshops sold at corporate retailers that leave a toxic trail from cradle to grave.If you must buy something, try to buy a high-quality, responsibly made (no sweatshops, no toxins, FSC certified wood) product from a local, non-corporate vendor. Proving that grassroots efforts and voting with your dollar works, the website "Victoria's Dirty Little Secret", got out the word that Vicky C's was printing their millions of catalogs on old growth trees. They got enough pressure to change their paper source to FSC certified products! Links: Reverend Billy's Church of Stop Shopping,
Rather than throw out things that you are done with, donate them to Goodwill, post them on Craigslist or http://www.freecycle.org/
Be diligent in sorting your recycling waste.Information on our local recycling program can be found on http://www.iwma.com at the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Association. For the energy it takes to make one new aluminum can, 5 cans could have been recycled.Batteries are very important to recycle and are often overlooked.Both traditional and rechargeable batteries that end up in landfills leach toxic chemicals. Links: Earth 911's Battery Recycling page
Our American diets have become extraordinarily unhealthy and we are the most obese country on the planet.In general this is due to highly processed foods containing large amounts of sugars and simple carbohydrates as well as the plethora of fast food restaurants and large portions.There are other trends in food that affect our health and our planet as well.The production of one pound of beef requires 10X the amount of land and water than a pound of vegetables.This doesn’t mean you need to become a vegetarian to make responsible food choices.Although you can get all of the protein and nutrients that you need with a careful vegetarian or vegan diet, humans have evolved to be omnivores and animal products are fine for consumption.We should, however, reduce the amount of meat in our diets as well as be aware of how that meat is raised and what is fed to the animals it comes from.
Where to find more information:
The Guardian's Ethical Living Guide
worldchanging - a user's guide to the 20th century
treehugger's "go green guide"
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, Paul Roberts - review coming soon
The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel Stephen Leeb, Ph.D.
If you know of a great resource, let me know and I'll include it here. If you don't feel that the information presented here is important enough or there is not enough evidence to act upon, please continue to research the subject until you are convinced.
Blue Ocean’s sustainable seafood guide.
Ride your bike
Turn off the lights
Run the water less
Take your own cup/plate/utensils to work
Drive more slowly
Check the air in your tires
Buy Locally Grown Foods
Use Green Building Supplies (local, FSC certified, low VOC, etc)
Use public transportation
Knowledge is Power
The links on this page are to resources that we have used, to get you off to a running start. We think that by using a variety of news outlets and blogs a reliable world view can be developed.
Always try to have an open mind when synthesizing a variety of data, it's quality, it's source, it's reliability, objectiveness and it's honesty. The web is an amazing source of both information and mis-information. Try to verify your sources, read both sides, and decide logically who and what you believe on the subjects of global warming, the oil crisis, how our current political system has been rendered ineffective by corporate bribery and nepetism. It is our duty as Americans and global citizens to research this information and act upon it. That means we all need to take individual action as well as get involved on a larger scale.