I’d like to continue the conversation that commenter vulcansareheartbreakers started a couple of weeks ago regarding environmental concerns. And right away kinja is pissing me off, because it’s linked treehugger in the wrong spot and I can’t get rid of it. grrrr.
What I’d like to do is highlight solutions, because everything seems so dire, and yet, I like to think that we can turn this ship around. There are places in the world that are doing amazing things; Pakistan has planted a billion trees! And is on track to plant several billion more!
And yet we don’t always hear about these positive initiatives.
So I’m hoping that this will be the first of several posts, and I’d like to highlight different areas of concern with different posts, because it’s impossible to cram everything in one spot.
This being the first, introductory post, I’ll give links to some of my favourite sites, and I invite people to add their own; I’ll try to add them in as “ETA’s” so people don’t have to comb through the comments, of which I’m sure there will be many. Right? :D
This is meant to be an inspirational jumping off point, not necessarily a grad level course in environmentalism. And “Dammit Jim, I’m a librarian, not a climate scientist!”, so I can’t get too technical about things. This will be an amateur’s overview.
One of the most important things you can do is VOTE for politicians at all levels who foster eco initiatives, and that means down to the school board level for you in the U.S., because as we’ve seen the stupidification of the populace has serious consequences. And the “invisible hand of the free market” is not going to get us out of this; at least not on its own; this is going to require legislated pressure (see; The Green New Deal).
Now, I’m not interested in arguments about “Well, I have a giant pickup that I need to drive the 10 blocks to my job as an accountant”. And let’s insert some comic relief here
Arguments will get us nowhere, but maybe that Ferd Fteenthousand owner may decide to install a heat pump in their home, and maaayyybbbe eventually buy a Tesla, so lets’s focus on persuasion rather than confrontation. Translation; play nice in the comments.
So; on to my links, and my future posts will use Project Drawdown’s 100 solutions to climate change as a framing device, so I’ll do a post on, “Refrigerant management”, or “Planting trees” (we need to plant a shit ton of trees, btw), which are both on their list.
So, future posts will be a bit more specific, but I hope these links may generally helpful and hopeful.