First the people who wanted to block us from doing anything about global warming told us it wasn’t real. They said the planet wasn’t heating up. It was actually cooling down. They tried to cast doubt on the science and smear the climate scientists who were documenting the warming and its effects. Eventually, the evidence became so strong and the consensus in the scientific community became so widespread, that it became obvious to everyone that the climate change deniers were wrong.
Then they tried conceding that the planet was warming, but claimed it was a natural cycle and that humans had nothing to do with it. Again, the evidence became so strong and the consensus so widespread that people realized that the climate change deniers were wrong again. Humans were responsible for most of the global warming that was occurring.
Now they have a new strategy. They’ll admit that the warming is real. They’ll begrudgingly admit that humans might be contributing to it, but now they claim that the damage is already done and there’s nothing we can do about it. They try to convince us that we have no influence. That everybody in Washington in both parties is corrupt and the situation is hopeless. Guess what? They’re wrong again.
If we are powerless, and we can’t change anything, then why did the major political parties spend over $1 billion dollars in the last election trying to convince us to vote for them? If we can’t change the behavior of giant corporations then why do those corporations have PR departments and advertising designed to make us like them? The answer to both questions is that we’re not powerless. Our opinions do matter, and we can change things. It’s not even that hard. There are some things that you and I can do to shift the debate about global warming and even some ways that we can slow it down ourselves.
2) Contact companies and demand that they adopt environmentally friendly policies and vote with your wallet.
3) Reduce meat consumption. You don’t have to go totally vegan if you don’t want to, but every bit helps.
4) Reduce driving and save gas.
- Use public transportation
- Share rides and combine trips
- Make sure your car is tuned-up and your tires are properly inflated
- Make sure your house is insulated
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Reduce paper use and buy post-consumer recycled paper
- Use compact fluorescent or LED lights
- Turn off gadgets and unplug rechargers when not in use
6) Buy locally produced foods and products when possible
7) Plant trees.
8) Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
9) Educate yourself.
10) Encourage others to take these steps.