I don’t know a single writer who isn’t truly concerned about global warming. 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. This has an additional advantage of reducing the opportunity of hacking, particularly when you’re on the ‘net. (More suggestions at Lifehacker.)
- Turn off everything you can
All those glowing lights? While they add an almost immeasurable amount to your 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.
- 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.
- 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 where I can exchange each one for a ream of partially recycled paper, one ream at a time. I 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. (Find out how at where.)
- 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.
I’d like to hear what each one of you is doing. An organization I like is StopGlobalWarming.org.