I’ve been posting a lot about global warming and it occurs to me that I’ve fallen into the Al Gore trap of criticizing too much and offering little to nothing constructive. It’s no secret that I believe that the global climate is changing but that we don’t know near enough to say just how much effect we are having on the climate trends.
On the other hand, just because we do not know for sure, does not mean that we should simply keep on doing what we have been doing. We do know that reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is very likely to be good for us in the long run (unless, of course, we’re headed for another big cooling like we were told nonstop through the 1970s and our activities have been holding that off, in which case, well…get out the long johns). We also know that our pollution is definitely linked to all sorts of bad health effects and to increasing “heat island effects” that mess with local climates.
So I think it’d be a good idea if we started reducing our own various emissions as best we can without having to resort to a ginormous government bureaucracy which, we can already predict based on the past performance of most other ginormous government bureaucracies will spend a lot of money and not fix the problem very much at all. With that in mind, I want to start a blogospheric conversation – a big brainstorming session – where we come up with practical, common-sense, relatively inexpensive changes we can make in our lives to help solve the problem.
I’m not at all sure this will be much of a success. I’m a small fish in a very big pond. But if it does, we might start to see some real results. I don’t think that any of these ideas are particularly original but perhaps if we can start to spread them around – get them in the hands of folks who might not have encountered them elsewhere – we might do something good. And, hey, isn’t that worth trying? I think it is.
Category: What Can We Do?