A Plastic Affair to Remember - Always. Plastic first came into our lives 150 years ago, and we fell in love, hard. But although it made and makes our lives wonderful in many ways - it comes with baggage now. Lots and lots of terrible baggage. This article, Part 1, outlines the impact plastic makes, … Continue reading Plastic = Climate Change, Part 1
So brief note: I am creating the Climate Steps Climate Action Plan Central (whoop!), found on https://climatesteps.org/action-plans-resolutions/. First, the goal of an action plan is to help you write down specific steps you think you can feasibly take, steps that are so specific numbers are even attached to them. Kindof like saying, "I will eat … Continue reading Starter-Kit Action Plans now Available
Hmmmm. Things are changing in city life. Electric bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards, even hoverboards and Segways, are successfully competing against cars, at least within a 10-mile radius of downtowns. Regular bikes as well, but electric bikes and other motorized mini-vehicles, with improved battery performance, are providing more potential for commuting and running errands for … Continue reading Mini-Motorized Machines
Guest blogger: Hugh O’Connor, with Annette Olson Money talks – twice. Take away money from investments that are damaging to the environment, and invest in the growing, green economy, and it results in the same dollar doing double the work. We need to use whatever resources we have, money included, even when in small amounts, … Continue reading Green Investing Part 1 – the Basics of Mutual and Similar Funds: Know your ESGs…
I am back to writing after a hiatus of two months -- during which I was pretty occupied taking a remote, online course from the University of Michigan. It's title: Act on Climate: Steps to Individual, Community, and Political Action (https://www.coursera.org/learn/act-on-climate). It was a seven-week course with modules on food, energy, transportation, the built environment, … Continue reading A Climate Action Course Completed
...far fewer steers than I expected - really? I am the daughter of Texas cattle ranchers; I am quite surprised.
A gathering of ideas from folks in different Facebook groups, and what I am tackling. (Those steps now tackled are in green, those not achieved, in red.) First off, this is my second year throwing myself into climate activism – yes, it all started due to the 2016 election from climate change hell. I realized … Continue reading 2018 New Year Climate Resolutions
An amazing year, an incredible year, an interesting year – as in the Chinese curse in terms of my workload. It has been wonderful, however, starting up the Climate Steps blog and Facebook group, which are now officially one year and four days old. The Facebook group Climate Steps has turned out pretty cool, and … Continue reading Climate Steps taken in 2017
"What do trains run off of, fuel-wise? " Good question - one that was asked as I was sitting in the dining car on Amtrak's Crescent-line, from Washington DC to Louisiana today. The subject of fuel sources had come up among myself and my two tablemates -- designated by Amtrak to sit with me for … Continue reading Train-ing Ourselves
....which means having my body being blasted off the earth, against gravity, and flown through the air has generated 20 tons of C02.
An interesting, and very extensive (whew), thread about climate change occurred in a quite large, science-related Facebook group of which I am a part, and I promised the group that I’d sum up the results. What made the thread interesting? A grandmother wondered about how she can protect her kids and grandkids from climate change-caused … Continue reading 196 Science-Lovers and their Climate Change Solutions