Change has been happening since the beginning of time
… little bits of change, on the edge of transformation.
Small changes are hard to notice, but they’ve been building up, like a snowball rolling in sticky wet snow. Layer upon layer, what starts out small, grows faster and faster as it gets bigger. Change accelerates over time.
What are the implications of of the bigger changes that are happening now?
Inside Climate News shared…
The majority of Occidental Petroleum’s shareholders bucked the board’s wishes and approved a resolution ordering the oil and gas company to assess and disclose its climate risks.”
And yet, still with some reluctance, Occidental says they support the proposal…
The board acknowledges the shareholders support for this proposal,” Eugene L. Batchelder, chairman of the board for Occidental, said in an e-mailed statement Friday after the vote. “We look forward to continuing our shareholder engagement on the topic and providing additional disclosure about the company’s assessment and management of climate-related risks and opportunities.”
“I know, I know… but what can I do?”
If you’re anything like me, that question has crossed your mind.
For me, it started with considering what my life might be like if I didn’t burn fossil fuels any more. At first it seemed insurmountable.
As I broke the problem down into smaller pieces, like heating and moving things, I began to realize that the technology is available, we can heat our homes and businesses with a cold-climate heat pumps and drive electric cars, both powered with renewable energy.
The technology isn’t the problem, it’s the lack of social and political will. But that’s changing!
Sure, it might be hard
However, I bet we could reach 80% reduction with very little disruption to the way we live our lives now.
Can we do it, 100%, right away? Unlikely, but…
You’ve got to start somewhere
Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission Public Hearing from 2014
Switching to a renewable energy economy is something to think about
Do you know anyone who has already installed solar panels on their home or who drive an electric car?
Of every one I know, who have made the switch, every single one has said they wished they’d adopted the change sooner.
How about you?
What can you change in your life to stop burning fossil fuels?
I hope you’ll leave some ideas for others, or share some of the things you’ve done to switch off fossil fuel, in the comments section below.
Would you like to see the series on how people are switching to living without fossil fuels? Tell me in the comments below.