A couple of years ago I posted “The Most Important Thing You Can Do” to address global warming and climate change is to talk about it with your neighbors and friends. This past weekend I had the opportunity to do just that. A few weeks earlier, a good friend of ours asked me if I … Continue reading Talking About Climate Change
Since I posted that we were having solar panels installed on our home, (We’re Going Solar) I’ve had several discussions with people wanting to know more about what led us to this decision. In addition to how everything works, I’ve repeatedly heard the statement, “Well, that sounds interesting, but I need to see the numbers … Continue reading Show Me The Numbers
Typical solar residential diagram. Unlike most configurations, SunPower's inverters are integrated into the solar panels providing higher performance. Recently we moved from an 80-unit, urban condo, into a single-family home in the suburbs. Our condo had shared common spaces (including the roof) and to implement solar panels for our entire building would require pursuing agreement … Continue reading We’re Going Solar!
Last year I began writing about choices I could make to “Save The World”. Some choices, such as eliminating plastic water and soda bottles, and plastic straws, have been very easy. Similarly, eliminating plastic bags and using reusable shopping and vegetable bags is now automatic. Every time I use them, it makes me feel good … Continue reading It’s About Choices
John Prine, 1971 One of my favorite musical artists is John Prine. We lost him earlier this year, another Covid victim. The first song on his first album is titled Illegal Smile. It describes the plight of a fellow who is down on his luck and what he does to compensate. In one lyric, he … Continue reading Climate Insurance?
I am surprised that so many people I know do not seem to take climate change seriously. When I read about the devastation our planet will likely suffer over the next few decades, and then consider our collective reluctance to make substantive changes to avoid these events, I don’t understand it. But recently I found … Continue reading But Will It Affect ME?
One of my new years’ resolutions was to review the “ABCs of Life” every day. This list, created by Byron Garret, is a wonderful collection of worthy actions important to our happiness and well-being. For example, “Be Kind”. It recently occurred to me we need a list of things we can do to save our … Continue reading ABCs To Save Our Planet
Salmon, black rice, and broccoli The coronavirus pandemic has been with us a while now. The first death in the U.S. was recorded 6 months ago in Washington State. Unfortunately, the end is not yet in sight. As a country, we’ve made many adjustments in the way we live, including the way we eat. With … Continue reading Just Send It To Me
A year and a half ago I decided to eliminate beef from my diet to help Save The Planet. And this year, I decided to follow a new meal plan that eliminated all meat (including chicken and pork) and to limit my fish intake to 2 servings per week. Turns out I’m not the only … Continue reading Three Cheers for the Impossible
I am seriously worried that America is no longer, as President Reagan put it in his 1989 Farewell Address, “the shining city upon the hill”. American “exceptionalism” is hard to find these days and, like so many things, the state of America is getting worse. New York Times writer, David Brooks, cites five epic crises … Continue reading Worried About America