I think that the main problem with the climate is caused by the big giant companies that are puking out all these chemicals into the air every year, but whatever the common man can do is always a plus.
And yes, this waram climate makes for a lot of nice colours in the flowerbeds that shouldn’t even be there at this time of year.
Heck, we should have snow by now.
– christa 2006-12-10 23:22 UTC
Something like 30% of climate change is fueled by energy used cooling, heating and powering homes, so probably the best thing you could do would be to encourage people to change their lightbulbs to compact flourescents and find other ways to save energy, and to build houses that require little or no energy to heat and cool, like the German Passivhaus designs. Since people are always building new houses anyways, that’d be something that could (relatively) easily be done and wouldn’t affect people’s lifestyles much.
I heard the UK Environment Minister suggests you leave your packaging at the checkout if you want to protest it. Not sure how well that’d work, but I imagine you’d create quite a scene.
– gpc 2006-12-11 18:32 UTC
Heh. I like that idea. I’m not sure it would do much to change the supermarket’s policies, but it would be great to see the look on peoples’ faces
Environmental house design is fascinating in it’s own right. I’m sure that will be the topic of another blogpost in the future.
Thanks for stopping by!
– GreyWulf 2006-12-12 10:29 UTC
There are extra garbage bins in the big distributors for this here in Switzerland, and I rarely see people do it. In the end, it just doesn’t matter: If the packaging is on your chocolate when you buy it, you won’t unpack it then and there. You’ll carry it home, first.
There was an interesting controversy between a cheap distributor (Denner) and a big chocolate company (Cailler, ie. Nestlé). The choc comp had increased their price a bit, and their packaging. The distributor boss is an opinionated man who pulled the right strings to get into the media with the statement: “We’re not going to pay you for more fancy packaging. We just want to sell the chocolate!” The choc comp obviously said the price increase was not due to the packaging, the distributor remained firm, and in the end they pulled the chocolate off the shelves. → Nestlé backtracks on Cailler packaging fiasco
Now that was interesting!
I’ve lost faith in thinking big and acting locally. Specially when people who think little and act globally head the biggest military in the world.
– AlexSchroeder 2006-12-12 15:53 UTC
- I’ve lost faith in thinking big and acting locally. Specially when people who think little and act globally head the biggest military in the world.
– GreyWulf 2006-12-12 17:01 UTC