Want to Help the Environment? Aim High

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Today is Blog Action Day, which (if you’re reading blogs) is pretty hard to escape. The idea is for a whole buncha bloggers to write about the same thing— this year, it’s the environment. Good choice.

I’ve been writing a sustainability tip for work for a year and a half, and while I feel like I’ve done some good, I often feel like I’m pissing in the wind — that if you want to make a real difference, you don’t spend your time encouraging the lamer of your co-workers to recycle or compost when they’d otherwise be lazy and venal. Instead, you aim high, like working to prevent the construction of coal plants (Here’s why. Here’s more.) Here’s where they’re being proposed, with links to members of congress, the senate, and state legislators.

So that’s my humble proposal for today: Voluntary measures are great. Use compact fluorescent bulbs. Green your power, if it’s an option where you live. Reduce, reduce, reduce, reuse, recycle.

Meantime, take a look at that map. Is there a red dot near where you live? Or where one of your loved ones lives? Or, I dunno, on planet earth? Then write a letter (here’s a sample). Because stopping the construction of just one of those coal plants will do more than all your voluntary efforts combined.

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