How Families Can Reduce Global Warming

L. David Roper

There is scientific consensus that the Earth is in dire trouble for its long-term future because of human activities. (You might want to look at my on-line book about that: .)

There are several questions that apply:

I have read an excellent book, Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning by George Monbiot. He makes the case that it may be too late to stop some of the catastrophes and that there is not much hope to prevent most of them unless all people are required to participate in reducing Global-Warming gases emissions.

Until that happens, I strongly feel that I and my local community must voluntarily make the effort to reduce Global-Warming gases emissions and develop renewable energy. Perhaps when enough individuals and communities do that, there will be a willingness to pass laws nationally and globally that require everyone to do it. At my and other concerned citizens urging, my town of Blacksburg, Virginia has embarked on a path of reducing Global-Warming emissions by joining the Cool Cities coalition of cities and towns.

Another book that might be helpful to families wanting to reduce their emissions of Global-Warming gases is Climate Change Begins at Home: Life on the Two-Way Street of Global Warming by Dave Reay.

Here is what my family is doing to reduce the emissions of Global-Warming gases:

Here are some next steps we are considering doing in the future:

If you want to reduce your Global-Warming gases emission, first calculate an inventory of the amount of carbon-dioxide gas you are now emitting, either monthly or yearly. Then set a reduction goal for future months or years. Here is an Excel spreadsheet for doing the carbon-dioxide emissions inventory: CarbonDioxideEmissionsPersonal.xls

Reference: House Energy Renovation

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