Happy Monday! Sunny day here in the southeast of England. A welcome change after yesterday’s deluge! July? July?!?! What is happening ?! Hundreds of people are dying in Canada because of the insane heat, the icecaps are melting away, and we’re flooding.
Anybody who can’t recognise extreme climate change, who doesn’t think global warming is real, is a fool.
Here are 10 very simple ways to help, to do your bit. Copied and pasted from the internet. And before you say, “Well, what‘s the point of doing these piddly little things when Leicester Square is still it up like a Christmas Tree all year round?” . If we all do OUR BIT, we will have much MUCH more positive impact than you think. And Leicester Square, Times Square, Union Square. Whatever. WE have to do the right thing.
10 Ways to Stop Global Warming
Want to help stop global warming? Here are 10 simple things you can do and how much carbon dioxide you’ll save doing them.
Change a light
Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit more often. You’ll save one pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive!
You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.
Check your tires
Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve your gas mileage by more than 3 percent. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
Use less hot water
It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by taking shorter and cooler showers and washing your clothes in cold or warm instead of hot water (more than 500 pounds of carbon dioxide saved per year).
Avoid products with a lot of packaging
You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you reduce your garbage by 10 percent.
Adjust your thermostat
Moving your thermostat down just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
Plant a tree
A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
Turn off electronic devices
Simply turning off your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer, when you’re not using them, will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
I’m not sure that we can STOP global warming now; but I bet we could slow it down.
I have to keep my side of the street clean, that’s all. I have caught myself getting resentful about the shocking refuse in the ocean. Why am I diligently washing out a Marmite jar for recycling, when whole countries are just dumping their shit in the Ocean ? But then I have to do my bit. I have to. If we ALL just threw our hands in the air and exclaimed, “what’s the point? We won’t make a difference,” we’d be right. But if we ALL decided to be more conscientious, and actually give a damn, then we WOULD – all of us together – make a difference for sure. It’s a numbers game.
Anyway. I’ll get down off my (recycled and repurposed) orange box now. I just think it’s too easy to say “Not my problem”. It’s too easy to think we can’t do anything to remedy the issue. It’s just way too easy to blame THEM, and argue that it’s all too late (and anyway; we live in England, not Canada).
If you joined me in the SHAC SHAC today, you will know about the half price pencil offer this week.
We have also created a little bundle of accessories, which I was using and demonstrating in the VT below. How to get so many ore colours out of a box of pencils!
Featured in the SHAC Shack today