Friday, October 24, 2008

Global Warming/Common Sense

Is global warming overrated? Hmmmm... I am no expert, but I have heard all viewpoints. As I ponder this, I wonder if it is really just using common sense. As Dad used to say, "Were you born in a barn? Shut the door!" Isn't this what it's all about?
1. When you leave a room, turn off the lights.
2. When it's cold, put on more clothes, don't turn the heat up.
3. When it's hot out, wear cottons and sandals.
4. When it's nice outside, open the windows and let some fresh air in, you don't need air conditioning.
5. When you cook, make it worth your while, make a couple of meals.
6. When you do errands, be efficient about it and do it all at once.
7. If you're warm, use a fan.
8. In the summer sun, close the window blinds.
9. In the winter cold, close the drapes at night.
10. Take short showers and turn the water off when you are not using it.
11. Walk to your destination, if possible.
12. Cozy up with some tea/hot choclate and an afghan. Try an old fashioned hot water bottle, mmmm, they're nice!
13. Read a book.
14. My favorite of Grandma's...Wake up with the sun, go to bed with the sun!


Diana said...

Fantastic reminders I LOVED reading this! My morning is made!!!!

JeanneDolanMarkell said...

Yes, yes....all of that is what we have to do. But oh dear...I fear it will not be nearly enough, fast enough to safe the planet. Sorry, but I'm in the CLIMATE CHANGE IS VERY REAL AND VERY SCARY camp. I've also tried to read all sides of the arguements and factor in the motives of the side-takers. I was pretty affected by Al Gore's film...and lately by Thomas Friedman's "Hot, Flat and Crowded". So...good for you for this inspiring list and I will forward it. BUT...I urge you and your readers to go beyond conservation and common sense to aggressive policy changes (funding ways to be less fossil fuel dependent, pressure on auto industry toward efficiencies, etc.) and national culture shifts (slow down waste and spend a little more to be green) in order to safe our planet for our kids and grandkids. So there!