““There’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.” ~ U.S. President Barack Obama
What Can One Person Do?
When you fully embrace the consequences of what we are facing with climate change you most likely feel overwhelmed, kind of like standing frozen in fear on a railroad track while watching a train barreling down on you.
At least that is how I feel.
Fortunately the train is still a few miles away.
Which leaves us a few option.
Jump off the track
The first obvious thing we need to do is jump off the track! We need to overcome our paralysis and take action. Or we can just stand there and let the train run us over. End of story.
Derail the train before it hits
We know that dirty energy is polluting our world, creating global warming that is causing climate change. Fortunately, money speaks, loudly. Companies that do not care about the environment do care about profits. What happens when people stop buying their products or services? They change, because they want to stay in business. As an individual you can help bring about change by controlling where you spend your money.
The last thing we can do is take personal responsibility for how we live our lives. Are you aware of your own carbon footprint? Do you make an effort to reduce your impact on the environment? You do not have to radically change your lifestyle, just live smarter and more aware.
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Past IssuesAugust 2017
August 2016 (First Edition)
Small Things Mean a Lot
When I was a child my mother use to make me eat all of my dinner with the line “don’t waste food, think of all the children around the world who are starving”.
While it made me feel a little guilty, it did not make much sense to me.
The food was cooked and served, how would my eating it or not eating it affect the poor children around the world who had nothing to eat?
As an adult, I do try to be very careful not to waste food. There are still times I buy food that ends up going to waste, either ripens too fast, leftovers spoil before I get to them, or some other lame reason foods gets tossed out.
After reading John Hawthorne’s article 5 Ways Wasting Food Hurts the Environment (and 5 Ways You Can Fix It) I have a renewed commitment to not waste food.
In America, where food waste is rampant, organizations like Manna and community food banks help to get some of the wasted food reclaimed and distributed to people who really need it.
Climate Change and Food Sources
Unless we get a grip on global warming and stop climate change our future food supply is seriously threatened.
Severe droughts, flooding, and atypical weather patterns are already playing havoc with farmer’s crops.
When food becomes scarce, the price goes up, which means the poor will suffer the most.
Curbing our current way of wasting food will become even more important.
It is never too early to teach kids the importance of not wasting food.