Fossil Fuels continue to undermine our planetary life support accelerating extreme weather and wildfires circling our Earth. It's painful watching people, wildlife and forests lose life, home and habitat.
While I am encouraged by the rise in cycling, walking, ride-share and transit use, each mile of burned gas emits on average about 404 grams of CO2. If your car gets 22mpg, and you drive around 11,000 miles a year, that's a personal contribution of 4.6 metric tons of Co2 a year!
Tic Tic tic....
Yet with few news stories continuing to connect our demand for fossil fuels to our ability to survive their impact... It's easy to believe there is no real problem here, even as we struggle to mitigate longer, hotter and then colder and more extreme seasons.
and You know how we got here...
1-The automobile industry did such an outstanding PR job connecting 'Freedom to Driving', we built our urban habitats around the automobile, making it very difficult to not drive.
2- Fossil fuel industry has a powerful lobby ensuring subsidies to keep our dependency on oil-powered cars, planes, jets and boats strong, easy and attractive, especially if you live or work in 'transit deserts' that also lack safe pedestrian routes, or easy ride-share options...so CO2 emissions keep rising.
Yet, the longer we allow coal, oil, and gas companies to dig and burn, more and worse impacts of our self-induced climate crisis will continue. With every fraction of a degree of warming, we’ll suffer more extreme heat, droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes.
Tic, tic, tic..
That leaves our individual/collective/cultural choices at the forefront of accelerating extreme weather events, as the fossil fuel industry continues digging and burning with minimal accountability and maximum profit.
While the urgency requires huge cultural pivots, each of us can step up:
1) Vote with your $$! on what you purchase and how you transport and use energy, including a lifestyle assessment to determine more ways to reduce your fossil fuel use (every step helps)
2) Tell the Truth! extreme weather is not a "crisis" that just happens to us - it's a crime, and our dependence on fossil fuels supported by federal subsidies is ground 0.
3) Speak up! share what you do to reduce your consumption. Media includes everyone with a social media voice to inspire/influence healthy choices and keep this urgency top of mind.
Together we can make it Cool to Care and stop the countdown