Friday, February 25, 2005

What you can do about global warming

I have just discovered the website of the Natural Resources Defense Council and have signed up for the activist program. What I want to share with you today is their page outlining what each of us can do personally about global climate change. I don't know about you but I often feel helpless and hopeless in this regard. This is a wonderful page giving very specific advice about very specific actions to take. For example, I already knew how important it is to drive a fuel-efficient car but I didn't know that using fluorescent bulbs reduces carbon dioxide in the air. Do read the page entitled "How to Fight Global Warming". Here's a little excerpt that I find really intriguing:

Buy clean energy certificates. Another way to help spur the renewable energy market and cut global warming pollution is to buy "wind certificates" or "green tags," which represent clean power you can add to the nation's energy grid in place of electricity from fossil fuels. For information, see Green-e. And here's an innovation that's catching on: calculate the global warming pollution associated with your everyday activities, then buy enough certificates to offset them and become "climate neutral." Two places to learn how: NativeEnergy's WindBuilderssm program and Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Green Tags program. (NRDC worked with these two groups to make our February 2003 Rolling Stones concert to raise awareness about global warming climate neutral.)

Many thanks to Echidne of the Snakes (a great blog, by the way) for providing the link to NRDC.

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