Every writer I know and know of is truly concerned about climate change which is certainly driven at least in part by human activity. If you’re like me you both grieve for the planet and fear for your children and grandchildren… or their contemporaries. It’s hard to know exactly how to make a difference, but here are some things you can do:
- Turn off your computer! If you’re not going to be using it for the next hour or so, turn it off. Turn it off at night too. There’s no need to leave it on. This has an additional advantage of reducing the opportunity of hacking, particularly when you’re on the ‘net.
- Turn off everything else you can. See all those glowing lights? While they add an almost immeasurable amount to your personal electric bill, taken together, some estimates say as much as .05% of the power in the country is used by those lights. Turn stuff off! If turning it off doesn’t do it, unplug it. (A power strip with an on/off switch can make this easier. – I finally got my computer equipment plugged into the same strip and it’s so easy now.)
- Switch to compact fluorescents. Yes, if we all switched to compact fluorescents, we’d make a huge difference. And it turns out that the scare talk about mercury may be just that. Read the National Geographic News article called Fluorescent Lights’ Mercury Poses Dim Threat.By the way, I’ve always had trouble with flourescent lights – the old style in tubes, even in newer offices tend to give me a headache. The singles, however, particularly those in round globes don’t seem to bother me at all.
- Use recycled paper in your printer. This is worth doing, although finding 100% recycled paper still isn’t as easy as it should be. Look for other paper products that are eco-friendly and be willing to spend extra for them.
- Recycle printer cartridges. I recycle printer cartridges by taking them to Office Depot or Staples. Sometimes I get a discount on paper, sometimes not, but I know the cartridges won’t end up in a landfill. put my used cartridges in the glove box when they empty so I don’t have to try and remember to gather them when I take off to shop.
- Buy yourself carbon neutral. None of us can stop using energy altogether – it’s not even a reasonable goal. But we can become carbon neutral by purchasing carbon credits. I’ve done it; you can too. I buy myself carbon neutral every year at Native Energy.
- Write about ways people can help stop global warming. As writers, we have the opportunity to influence many people through our writing. So write about it. Then write or call your representative and senators, and your local government. Speak up.
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