50% Plan: Reducing your
environmental impact by 50% in 2007.
Doing your part to save planet earth!
By Lisa Tyler
You probably know I believe in Jesus and a divine purpose and plan for us. I don't believe that anything can hurt God's people individually unless it is in His plan, but I do believe we are all affected by our behaviors in general.
Regardless of whether or not these things are true, being good stewards of our resources and reducing our impact on the environment are things we should be doing, and doing with pride.
This article's information is based on scientific views from a documentary on Global Warming, and it's sense of urgency comes from that shared by the scientists who are seeking to make the crisis known.
Be sure to see the ideas and declarations at the end of the article.
They say that
Global Warming/Climate Change is real and it’s happening now.
According to a special I saw on television a week or so ago, we
have one shot at doing something big enough and comprehensive enough to
stop it or slow it way down, before a major portion of earth’s
population goes extinct (including humans) and a huge part of the livable,
arable land goes underwater or turns into desert.
The time frame is from today to 50 years from today. If we don’t act now, there may not be a year 2057. The Mayan calendar ends at 2012; did they know something we don’t?
ice shelves to the north are melting and breaking off into the sea.
There are two of them, and each one will increase sea levels
approximately 20 ft. (40 ft.
total) (The sea level has
risen 8 ft. already.)
this happens (and it is happening now as you read this), here is what you
can expect life to be like nearly overnight.
of Florida will be underwater, much of Manhattan and all of the
coastlines, most of China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, etc., and
India, including London and the Netherlands and so much more that it’s
difficult to name all of the places that will be no more.
you have property in one of these places?
Do you have loved ones there?
We’re talking 200 million people, in possibly the US alone, who
will be refugees, running for their lives to escape the water.
will they go? To your house.
the scene of Katrina, with it’s 100,000 people fleeing the gulf coast.
Remember the traffic jams, the human needs, the cost?
The disease? Imagine that 100,000 people being 200 million people
and coming inland from all directions.
will they go? Do you think
the sparsely populated inner states can support them all?
now the Midwest is experiencing a recurrence of the dustbowl.
Much of the inland states depend on snow packs in the mountains
melting in the spring to replenish the water supply.
The snow isn’t happening, and the water is getting scarce.
Plants cannot grow in the terrible heat without sufficient water,
and animals of all kinds are encroaching northward and inland as we speak,
seeking safer ground.
the animals, they are smarter than we are.
They know when an earthquake is about to happen, and they know when
a severe winter is coming. When
masses of armadillos and wildlife that previously was only found in the
deep south suddenly go north, you’ve got to ask yourself why?
these climate changes increase, animals and all food sources will become
more scarce. Hunting, fishing and farming are already suffering.
and I are in the X generation, the group of people alive when the worst
catastrophe that ever hit our planet happens.
What we individually decide to do tomorrow and the day after
that, will write the script for what happens to planet earth in our
lifetime and beyond.
can you do?
Are you thinking that you’re only one person and even if you
stopped polluting and wasting energy that the big companies won’t?
has to begin here, with you and with me.
It can begin like a ripple in a pond, and by the power of our money
and voices, our purchases, and our votes in elections, we CAN change
every American family set a goal this year to decrease their
“environmental footprint” (energy use, consumption and waste) by 50%
by the end of 2007, we WILL have changed the world.
can you do this? What does it
mean for you?
all the ways you use power, energy, food, materials, oil, gas, water etc.
Take notice of which of these things you positively can’t do
without, and change them slightly. The
things that you can change more, do so.
you commonly leave your house lights on for hours in the evening, or even
all night, or your televisions while you’re asleep or away from home,
reduce the hours that these things are turned on.
(Consider replacing your light bulbs and older appliances with
energy efficient types.)
you usually drive your car, plan to walk or ride a bicycle, car pool, or
reduce the number of trips to town or around town that you make.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
you can purchase a hybrid vehicle, do so.
Let the manufacturers know that you demand more products that do
not use fossil fuels, and ones that are even more efficient than these!
you take long showers, or several a day, reduce the time and frequency of
full showers, and sometimes just wash off in a basin or the sink, the way
our grandparents did. If you
have a water leak, make it a priority to fix it.
believe you can notify your post office that you no longer want to accept
junk mail, or anything addressed to “current resident”.
Some of your bills can be switched to online paying and billing, so
there aren’t as many paper bills coming to your house.
on the time you have (or a family member who might want a job to do), you
can also cut down the envelopes that your bills come in to reuse as scrap
paper and grocery list paper. (Great
job for young children and grandparents who want to be useful.)
you have old, clean clothes, t-shirts and underwear that you can cut up to
make dust rags instead of buying Handiwipes?
being determined to use today’s leftovers to create supper tomorrow can
cut down on costs and waste.
There are literally HUNDREDS of ways that you can minimize the impact you have on the earth.
many deodorant jars or toothpaste tubes do you send to the landfill each
year? You can buy the mineral
salt stone that you never replace, it will last your lifetime.
You can use natural means to brush your teeth, that don’t require
benefits of doing these two things are huge.
First, if you don’t buy the products over and over, the factories
will stop making so many, reducing the energy costs, pollution and
materials that make them.
you stop using poisonous aluminum in your deodorant (yes it’s there –
read the label – it is suspected to lead to Alzheimer’s), and
extremely deadly fluoride in your toothpaste (do a search on fluoride and
see just how bad that is for you), you will not only live longer, but you
won’t have as many health problems, which will save money and misery.
you purchase bottled water like I do?
If we invested in a good water purification system, we’d save
money and the energy it costs to produce all those plastic bottles.
We’d also stop filling the landfills with the bottles.
Recycling was a good idea, and it had its day, but it’s not
available in my area (and many others) and it’s not complete enough.
We have to do more.
you know that you could make and use a solar cooker
instead of using electricity or burning fuels that release more gas into
the air? The plans are on the Internet.
(Also, pressure cookers cook much faster and use less energy.)
it’s inconvenient to learn a new way to cook, but the freedom these
small changes can give you once you learn the new tricks, can leave so
much money in your pocket that you could take a vacation to a tropical
paradise. (Before they are
plunged into the sea never to be enjoyed again.)
you know that you can build a fairly simple solar water heater,
that uses PVC pipe and black paint?
water heater is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home.
Another is your well pump, if you are not on city water.
Your clothes dryer and air conditioner are right in behind them.
you hang your clothes to dry now and then?
Or even just your towels and blankets?
you spend some of your entertainment money on better insulating your
house, or lobbying for contractors in your area to be able to build some
of the newer home methods that use so much less energy to heat and cool?
it a family project!
Gather your children and make a contest of who in your home can
reduce their use/waste the most and give them a prize.
Let it be your family’s point of pride that you have done what
you could to save mother earth.
the way your family cooks, the types of food you eat and the methods of
preparing it. Perhaps you
will find that cutting back a small percentage of the amount you eat and
the cooking time (eat more salads and raw vegetables), will trim off
pounds without effort and reduce your need for medicine to combat weight
and food related illnesses. (Diabetes,
heart disease etc.)
See how many tasks you can relearn to do the old fashioned way and try a few to see if you enjoy doing them.
t-shirts and bumper stickers that tell the world you’ve reduced your
50%, and pass on the word that everyone needs to do the same.
Ask your local schools to adopt the program, and go door to door to
for a moment the impact that reducing the number of vehicles in your
family would have on your bank account, as well as the environment.
For each vehicle, you have a car payment, taxes, tag, insurance,
parking fees, gasoline, tires, washing and maintenance costs. What does that add up to in a year? I heard once that it’s about $9000 a year.
Do the math yourself and see if you couldn’t live with just a bit
you buy shoes, clothes or toys frequently?
See what you can recycle, repair and reuse.
Of course there are some things that you won’t want to touch, because you’re not ready to make such drastic changes, but anything at all that you can start with, and remain committed to doing better, will help in so many ways!
will have more money, more physical energy, and live longer, as well as
helping the planet survive!
Did you know that reducing your environmental impact can also include improving your community impact?
is a huge cost socially of crime, hatred, racial issues, and poverty.
Where you stand in the community, and whether you are friend or
foe, makes a big difference in the legacy you leave behind, and the impact
you have on others around you now.
free to email me with your ideas and the ways you decide to reduce and
simplify in 2007.
more information and ideas, search online for frugal living, simplicity,
global warming, environment and community.
Visit my websites for more ideas, www.chastityrose.com
Lisa Tyler 2007