Blog Action Day 2009 – Climate Change in the Everyday

Hi all…

I have to say that I’m not the most environmentally aware person ever. Occasionally I forget to recycle and reuse. Does that make me a bad person? Maybe. I try to be good and that’s all I can really hope to do with the insane schedules of life, the universe, and everything.

But how do my occasional slips in environmental awareness hurt the planet? I don’t honestly know.

I have noticed changes here in Colorado Springs. The seasons seem to be out of kilter. My wife and girls play soccer in the Spring and Fall, so it’s especially easy to see when you’re fighting Spring snows or Fall freezes in the face of those dedicated to their sport. Would these seasonal changes continue to occur if I managed to recycle every single piece of paper that came in the mail or at my doorstep?

We had an unusually wet Summer for here, which many seem to think will lead to a cruel Winter. How does forgetting to throw a can in the recycle bin affect that? If I’d recycled one more can, is it possible to avoid a particularly cold or snowy Winter?

Probably not. But it does make me wonder. And hopefully other people wonder as well. Wondering what the little changes we can all do might eventually do to help or hurt the planet will hopefully make us more aware of ways we can help.

I know I need to get better. Are the seasons changing due to global warming? Maybe not here. But if I can turn off the water while brushing my teeth or turn out the lights when I leave a room, maybe I can help those poor polar bears in their time of need when the sea ice isn’t staying solid as long as it used to.

I can only hope my actions help a little. As Google is sometimes attributed with saying – Do No Evil. But I think we can do better than that.

Don’t you?

–Fitz

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