What YOU can do for your Children's Sake
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Our goal should be to STOP using fossil fuels as quickly as possible, to PLANT trees and end all destruction of natural habitat and PREPARE for what cannot now be stopped.
Even small things make a difference spread over a large population.
There are three levels of action: Personal, Political and to Prepare. They all require enormous personal and governmental commitment. The third, to Prepare for the impact of what cannot be stopped, has not yet been contemplated.
1) Get Green Energy. It only requires a phone call! This can save 5 tonnes of CO2 per person per year = 25 tonnes for an average family!
2) To clear up any misconceptions about its effectiveness click here.
3) To reduce your transport emissions and other important savings, see list in "Personally".
4) Australian Conservation Foundation’s “Green Home” has the information you need to manage your household responsibly.
To give you an idea of how serious our emissions are, here is a list of the average CO2 use in kilograms per person per year from the developed countries like the US and UK, western Europe, Australia, Japan and Singapore.
Another way of stating it is that to travel 10,000 Km would produce
2,300 Kg for the average car (or half for a Mini and almost twice for a SUV
800 Kg on a train or bus, and for the worst carbon extravagance of all,
8,700 Kg for air travel.
Aeroplanes also release hot, wet air from the engine exhaust to form "contrails", which have a warming effect 2.7 times that of the carbon dioxide alone.
Aviation has been growing faster than any other source of greenhouse gas. Between 1990 and 2004, the number of people using airports in the UK rose by 120%, and the energy planes consumed increased by 80%.
To save our children most of the aeroplanes flying today will have to be grounded.
The major savings in recycling came through aluminium and copper, followed by steel and rubber tyres and plastics. The following are Victorian figures from RMIT, and would be similar in most states. They show it is worthwhile encouraging recycling operations.
Aluminium saves 17 tonnes of CO2 for every tonne recycled. Aluminium is an amazingly wasteful and greenhouse intensive material when made from virgin ore (bauxite) and not from recycled materials. Next is Copper (3.4 tonnes saved) and car bodies and steel (about 2 tonnes saved).
Plastic, rubber tyres and batteries are all around 1-1.5 tonnes of CO2 saved for each tonne recycled. By comparison cardboard, paper, newsprint and timber pallets all save about half a tonne each, or one Kilogram of CO2 for each 2 Kilos recycled.
Without government action none of the above will be sufficient. At every level carbon waste will have to be punished and saving encouraged.
The easy answer lies in altering house rates, car registrations and personal taxes to reflect each one's carbon efficiency. More difficult, we need to stop most road construction so we can use those funds for public transport, and we need to reconstruct our suburbs so we can shop without cars. Click here for a sustainable program.
Nevertheless we must still prepare for the losses and impacts of the warming to come while we implement these things. That too requires governmental initiative. Click here.
The major issues lie in the production and use of fossil fuels. Coal use is the worst.
Three simple solutions are scrubbers that remove CO2 in the power generators, making more power from the sun and buying hybrid cars that consume ten percent of the petrol used by normal cars.
This program will dwarf both space and military programs, in cost and in size.
If we take too long to implement serious change, then temperatures will within ten years have passed 2 degrees - and this does spell disaster, for the magnitude of what further heating will do greatly exceeds anything mankind has ever withstood in human history.
The report by Lord Stern that investigates in detail the future for the planet with global warming and sets out in detail the steps we can take that, if we do so NOW, will preserve the planet while still preserving our way of life.
See Powering Australia’s Future by Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy that has published a strategy for a soft landing with deep cuts in carbon emissions. It is available here. It and the rest of their report may be downloaded from the BCSE site. All we have to do is get the Government to implement these ideas. What is surprising is that they are supported by leaders in banking, insurance and industry and opposed only by those making gross profits at this time, being the principally the coal and aluminium producers.To the top