Category: Taking action

We are trying to find ways small and large to respond to climate change and minimize our particular contributions. This category focuses on concrete actions you can take.

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Traveling Thoughtfully

Some information to help Carbon calculators used: Atmosfair. A German website that sells offsets and has an air travel calculator at https://www.atmosfair.de/en/kompensieren/flug Carbon Footprint. An British website that sells offsets and has a number of carbon calculators at http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx; click the “Flights” tab Carbon calculators vary in sophistication. For instance, Atmosfair’s climate impact calculator includes … Continue reading Traveling Thoughtfully

Adventure travel with a low carbon footprint

We in the U.S. have put more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than any other nation, by far. (See also: Putting ourselves on a low-carbon budget) For many of us, air travel is our biggest contribution to CO2 emissions. But reducing our carbon footprint doesn’t mean no more fun vacations. It does mean using … Continue reading Adventure travel with a low carbon footprint

Attempting to create a low fossil fuel investment plan

For a variety of reasons (to be covered in another article elsewhere), I have decided on investing my retirement savings in low-fee index funds that broadly reflect the US and international stock markets (leading me to Vanguard). At this point in time, I’d like to be able to do this by removing as many of … Continue reading Attempting to create a low fossil fuel investment plan

Why is it so hard sometimes to actually do something positive? And how might we get beyond that?

“It’s too huge! Where to start?!” I encourage you to narrow down the topic to one or perhaps two areas that really interest and energize you. Then find others with similar interests if possible, roll up your sleeves and get to work! But remember also to take time to rest and to do things that … Continue reading Why is it so hard sometimes to actually do something positive? And how might we get beyond that?

Approach to climate change and my actions

I am currently thinking about carbon from three main approaches: My  personal carbon footprint Current actions: create a carbon footprint budget spreadsheet similar to retirement spreadsheet to update annually. Identify carbon offsets(NW Natural offsets look good, Pacific Power less clearly) and renewable energy that I’m comfortable supporting. Keep trying to consume as little as possible. Share … Continue reading Approach to climate change and my actions