Sunday, July 8, 2007

It's not that difficult ...

Truthfully, I thought it would be much more difficult. For me, a hotrodder and engine builder who has a reputation for building high-horsepower, gas guzzling performance cars, I likened getting 'green' with trying to quit smoking. Being I haven't quit smoking yet, changing my outlook and getting with the 'low-carbon' lifestyle was relatively easy.

Mrs. F and I are making a committed effort and you should too. I give a damn if you sign the pledge, but look at the guidelines and you'll find enough you can do to help the situation.

1.To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;

2.To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become “carbon neutral;”

3.To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;

4.To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;

5.To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;

6.To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

7.To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.

We've changed most of the incandescent bulbs in the house to fluorescent (yes, you can see the difference in your electric bill) and will be getting rid of the V-8 Explorer for a vehicle with better gas mileage when the Mrs.' lease is up this fall. We've got a big problem in this world and if a stubborn old fart like me can change his habits, so can you. Let's get with it.

Thanks to Pach @ FDL for the Live Earth link.

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