Every day. Every paper. All parts of the world. Climate change is killing everything on the planet and we humans never change our ways.
If we try to change anything about how we live it’s in convenient and insignificant ways, like the person who helps with cleaning up after thanksgiving dinner by taking a nap on the couch while everyone else toils.
If we choose to change our behavior at all, it’s in ways that amount to absolutely no net difference in the inexorable deterioration our ecosystems. Turn off the lights when you leave a room? Sure that helps, but that’s not gonna do much for the overall problem.
Most Americans really don't care, I feel. We live how we want to, and the future is someone else’s problem. It's either that or people just do not know how to change, what to change.
Heart-wrenching pictures in the news like Polar Bears rummaging through discarded vodka bottles looking for edible morsels and the accompanying articles are read by us then forgotten, going on about our lives changing absolutely nothing about the way we live on this planet in ways that mean much.
When is America going to do SOMETHING, anything? Sure would be nice if the people in power would tell us something like this-
“Drive ten percent less and the planet is saved!!!”
Don’t eat red meat and the glaciers will start to recover!!!”
But neither political party has any advice on the subject, nor do they say anything about the thousands of news reports telling us about our impending doom. Not a peep. Ever wonder why? I didn’t until last week. Then it occurred to me that both republicans and democrats are cowards, looking ahead a year and a half instead of ten/twenty/thirty years ahead. The ONLY person in politics who had the guts to say anything about this and offer some solution is AOC, and the cowardly republicans who cater to lobbyists and tRUMP ripped her to shreds and made fun of her proposals, offering nothing at all as solutions of their own, instead rolling back environmental protections in hundreds of instances. Reopen our coasts to oil exploration tRUMP ordered. Where does he come from??!! Bring back coal burning power plants he says-what a fool- just trying to get coal votes. Degrade auto efficiency and emission laws tRUMP mandates-assinine! Oh, let’s start a war with Iran!!! Great.
We are screwed as a people, and we can’t really blame politicians. Sure, they are self-serving cowards mostly interested in their own personal fortunes (some things will never change), but all of us know at this moment in time that something in the way that we live needs to change, but none of us are really willing to do what needs to be done. Maybe half of that is that we really do not know what it is that needs to be done! What are we to change about the way we live? Sure would be nice to know maybe four things that we each can do to start to change in some meaningful way. Without leadership, it's pretty much impossible.
But this is what I’ve done so far to change my life:
I switched all my lights to LED, made a huge difference in my bill.
I let my lawn grow a tad longer so it doesn't need to be cut as often. Small engines pollute A LOT and are not regulated by the EPA.
New high efficiency washing machine-
Low flow water fixtures throughout the house.
New low flow toilet.
I got my water bill down really low. I don't use much water. Lots of energy is needed to pump water, then lots of energy needed to pump sewage. Not using much water is a very good for the earth and your wallet at the same time.
I actually drive a LOT LESS, telling customers to text me pictures so I don’t need to go to their house. I drive a lot less than I used to! Saves $$$, pollutes less, less wear and tear on the vehicle.
I eat a lot out of a large garden in my back yard, food from my own soil nourishes me and my kid. Lots of salads! Cheaper/better/healthier- can’t beat that. Almost no carbon footprint associated with home veggie gardens.
Composting decomposable food scraps (not meat stuffs) keeps some portion of my garbage out of the waste stream.
Red meat twice a month or so. Red meat/Beef production is a VERY BAD thing for the planet. Republicans make fun of this part of the green new deal, but what have they suggested as solutions to climate change? Absolutely nothing but cynical jokes and partisan attacks- they should be ashamed of themselves but they aren't.
No plastic bags at the grocery store (not that easy). I do not buy stuff with too much plastic packaging. I now don't buy milk in plastic jugs- now only the papery carton milk.
I do not use insecticides unless absolutely necessary. I stopped selling lawn insecticides at the nursery.
I actually dont don’t know what else to do- waiting for other ideas from above, not holding my breath though.. As I write this I realize that nothing that I listed will make one dent in anything to slow down global warming, but it’s better than doing nothing.