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  •  But what individuals can do (6+ / 0-)
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    is MINUSCULE. The things that need to be done need government. They need coordination, and lots of resources, and will generate lots of jobs, but they're NOT things that individuals can do.

    I can buy a newer, more efficient car (if I have money), I can retrofit my house (if I have money), I can take public transit (if it's even an option where I live) - but those things, expensive as they are, won't even really make much of a dent.

    This needs to be tackled at a higher level than the individual person.

    The individual can pressure companies and government to move, though.

    •  Although I don't have statistics handy, I've (1+ / 0-)
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      been surprised and impressed by what a huge difference conservation could make if everyone got serious about it.

      Yes, government action is necessary, but if everyone individually cut back on their energy use (and their beef-eating), we could make a serious dent in the problem.

      Some people fight fire with fire. Professionals use water.

      by Happy Days on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 08:09:23 AM PST

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      •  So that's what people need to be told (1+ / 0-)
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        They need to be told "if you eat x less beef, and replace x lightbulbs, we save x or reduce emissions by x"

        And then, somebody needs to track it. They need to have some kind of running graph that shows emissions compared to last year, or over the last few years.

        Because unless somebody puts out something that shows people that what they're doing HELPS, they won't do it.

        We have a wind turbine. It just sits there, and takes up a little bit of space. If you really want to, we have a link on the website so you can check the power generated.

        But what hammers home that it was a good investment is the article that says how much MONEY we've saved on electricity since we got it (we got a grant to put it up, I think).

        That's what people need to know - that the little inconveniences WORK. That they help, even a little.

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