Solution: We can all...
- Reduce the quantity and increase the quality of the protein that you eat. Dr. Clyde Wilson of UCSF and Stanford suggests it is not the amount of protein that you eat, but how often you eat protein that matters. The body can only buffer about 4 hours of protein. He says that eating one ounce of protein every 4 hours is better for you than eating more protein less often. Look for protein high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as sardines, salmon and anchovies. This approach is not only good for you; it is good for the planet. Become mostly vegetarian; 14 to 30% of all carbon is created by the feeding, raising and distribution of meat. The former director of the United Nations has implored families of the world to eat at least one vegetarian meal per week as a start to developing sustainable eating. You can shrink your carbon footprint by up to 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide a year if you switch to vegetarian food. ( 9 April 2007 issue of TIME ).
- Join 350.org; a political action group that organized the Climate March in NYC and is working to lower carbon in our atmosphere.
- Join The Citizens Climate Lobby; a group that is working to put a tax on carbon.
- Get the attention of your Senator; we have spoken to Senators and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle and they have all said that they are going to do nothing until we make them uncomfortable. Currently, the oil lobbyists are making them Very comfortable. You can call them or write about their choices in “letters to the editor”. The Senator may not initially read it, but his/her aide will forward it to the Senator - and then the Senator will begin to be concerned about retaining their comfy job as a Senator.
- Take public transportation; One gallon of gasoline makes 19 pounds of CO2, and the USA used 368.51 million gallons a day, or 134.51 BILLION gallons (or 3.2 billion barrels) of gasoline a year or, in other words, we create 7 BILLION pounds of CO2 a year. Work at home, move near work or start saving up for an environmentally friendly car.
- Take a train, preferably electric; worldwide, airline flights produce over 705 million tons of CO2. The USA alone consumes 20 billion gallons of aviation fuel each year.
- Choose a species and work like hell to keep them alive.
- Limit the number of children you produce to two; the human population of the planet is currently 7.125 billion and projected to go to 11 billion by 2100.
- Use your own bag: 1.6 Billion gallons of oil are used each year for plastic bags alone.
- Use your own bottle: 17 Million BARRELS of oil are used in making plastic bottles. This is more than 2.5 million tons off CO2 AND it takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water.
- Eat food grown locally; the typical American meal contains on average, ingredients from at least five countries outside of the United States. Locally grown food produces less CO2 than any one imported product.
- The USA has 316 million people and produces 16% of the worlds’ carbon. China has 1.4 billion people and produces 24.6% of the worlds’ carbon. A high percentage of China’s carbon foot print exists because we do our manufacturing in China instead of in the USA. We have millions of goods produced mostly for pleasure. We need to think globally. We need to ask ourselves “Is this gadget I’m considering purchasing worth the death of millions of species?”