How to Stop Global Warming: Believing is Seeing
Call me a Pollyanna if you like but I believe each of us can make a difference to stop global warming but we’ve got to believe, and we’d got to act quickly. It’s time to take this matter into our own hands, break free from the naysayers, and get going with the personal business of tackling climate change.
Remember Wayne Dyer? His ideas are still out there circulating, reminding us through his talks and books: You’ll See it When you Believe It. “What you can see is a tiny percentage of what’s available to you.” This idea can be applied to more than setting intention and following our bliss. It can also help us to change our core beliefs, get out of our comfort zones, and shift our intention to stop global warming right here now.
A few months ago I wrote about the power of our own personal Mini-Me to conquer big sustainability issues and the simple things we can do in our daily lives to reduce our individual carbon footprint. Trade in the gas guzzling car for a bike, live in a smaller house (tiny houses are cozy!), turn off the air conditioner, put on warm socks and a sweater in the winter instead of turn up the heat, replace all incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, and use reusable containers instead of disposables among other things. The list of what each of us can do to stop global warming goes on and on.
If 10 communities of 1000 applied these small acts of conservation on a daily basis for a year, it would add up to more than 3.6 million planet-saving actions. If you’d like to know how much carbon dioxide we’d keep from spilling into the atmosphere – with simple acts of conservation – try using EPA’s carbon calculator. Did you know that 3.6 million gas guzzling cars is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from five coal-fired power plants in a year? Together, we can pack a punch.
NRDC published a short article early in the spring: How You Can Stop Global Warming: Healing the planet starts in your garage, your kitchen, and at your dining-room table. The article lists 10 simple steps adding up to a big tool kit of actions we could each be working towards. Just a word of caution with number 10 at the bottom of the list: I’d think twice about buying carbon offsets without doing considerable homework. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.
Let’s start a low carbon diet (not to be confused with low carb diet) at home
and work, and find a few simple things to do on a daily basis. Shrinking our individual (and family) carbon footprint is crucial to combating climate change and reversing global warming. Make a note to yourself, write it down, commit on Facebook. Whatever it takes to make it real.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
– Wayne Dyer
Author: Kathryn Thomsen
Founder of Hundredgivers, a nonprofit supporting and accelerating sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. In addition to social entrepreneur, Kathryn is a consultant, researcher, writer, communicator and urban farmer. She collaborates with individuals, organizations, and businesses to evaluate and develop climate change, clean energy, and sustainability strategies and programs.