Climate Action Now!

Most people think that contacting their representatives regarding climate change and pending legislation is too hard. A while back, I wrote about a web page I created on my other blog to make it easier at how-to-contact-your-leaders. While this is still a handy resource page for contacting your elected leaders, an offshoot of the ClimateContinue reading “Climate Action Now!”

Eco-Summit on the Ridge

For several months now, I have been helping to plan an in-person community summit on Climate Change in Seattle. If you are local to the Seattle area, I hope you can join us on April 23rd at the Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle. Event Info and Registration The purpose of this Summit is to bringContinue reading “Eco-Summit on the Ridge”

Vegan for Life

Until 2013, Suzanna and I were pescetarians for some time. That is, we had been eating a vegetarian diet along with some animal products: eggs, milk and dairy products, and sustainably-raised seafood. We tried to concentrate on sustainable organic minimally-processed foods as much as possible which required constant vigilance. At the same time, we bothContinue reading “Vegan for Life”

Liberty vs. Responsibility

When I started my first job out of graduate school, I remember thinking that I had finally arrived at adulthood. I had a great job, a healthy salary, and no more classes. I recall at the time, realizing that I could now do almost anything I wanted because I was no longer a poor gradContinue reading “Liberty vs. Responsibility”

Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For week four of my resolution series, our last, I want to focus on talking about and advocating for change. As I have mentioned before in this column, climate activist Will Grant encourages us to act for change on four levels: (1) individual, (2) family and friends,Continue reading “Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change”

Resolve to Buy Less Stuff

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For our third week of resolutions, I wish to talk about consumerism. Wikipedia defines consumerism as “a social and economic order that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts.” Pope Francis speaks of consumerism in Laudato Si: Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism inContinue reading “Resolve to Buy Less Stuff”

Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. Why not make a resolution that can improve yourself while also lowering your carbon footprint? For our second week of resolutions, I thought that I would talk about energy usage. Throughout our lives we consume energy in many different ways. At home, we heat and cool ourContinue reading “Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage”

Sustainable Energy is Possible Today. Let’s Help Make it Happen

When it comes to climate change, it’s not all bad news. An article published by CarbonTracker.org back in April  (tinyurl.com/sbwu6j2y) and cited in Forbes magazine states that: Solar and wind are inexhaustible sources of energy, unlike coal, oil and gas, and at current growth rates will push fossil fuels out of the electricity sector byContinue reading “Sustainable Energy is Possible Today. Let’s Help Make it Happen”

Will the market cast fossil fuels into the dustbin?

An April 26 Forbes article claims that the writing is on the wall for fossil fuels and that they are already overpriced when compared to renewables and it will just get worse for fossil fuels in the coming years. From the article: Solar and wind energy have the potential to meet global electricity demand 100Continue reading “Will the market cast fossil fuels into the dustbin?”

Don’t send flowers for Valentine’s Day; send trees

Send love, not carbon From a blog post on earthday.org: Nothing is stronger than love — except maybe climate change. Did you know that a gift of flowers will often travel thousands of miles (often by jet plane) to your florist? Add the refrigerants used to keep the flowers cold and then there is the additionalContinue reading “Don’t send flowers for Valentine’s Day; send trees”