Earth Day, Earth Month, Earth Year, Earth Future
Updated: 4 days ago
Thursday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. On that day the
Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice will join in
honoring people around the world who work to protect
the environment. But the stark reality is that the Earth
is heating up much faster than predicted. Fossil fuels
and other products we use daily are causing this crisis.
To avoid the worst outcomes, we need to cut that use
in half as quickly as possible. That’s a 50% reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions within 5 years. As we change
how we use energy in our lives, we must work together,
leaving no one behind. Government can act, but, as
we’ve learned from the pandemic, individual actions are
necessary for real change. This is the challenge: cut
greenhouse gas emissions by 50% beginning now.
One step is to stop wasting energy in our homes. Adding
insulation, sealing air leaks, lowering the thermostat in
winter, raising it in summer can cut emissions and save
money. Small steps add up to big effects.
Sometimes less is more. If you have a lawn
that borders a wooded area, stop mowing half of it.
Save time, energy, and money while Nature transforms
that lawn into a forest.
Most people can’t afford a new electric vehicle. But we all
can leave our car or truck parked at the curb, in the
driveway, or in the garage. Cutting the gallons of fuel
we use each day by half will cut our emissions by half.
CCPJ encourages Charlottesville area residents to take advantage of the Local Energy
Alliance Program (LEAP), which offers advice on insulation, solar installations, and
other energy-saving tips. They will even replace incandescent bulbs with efficient
LED bulbs. There is a nominal fee, but the bulbs alone are worth the price!
Through the LEAP program several years ago, one CCPJ-er put 44 panels on her roof, and since then has only had to pay a $7 service fee each month for utility hookup. But you don’t need a big sunny roof like hers. If only part of your roof gets sun, you could put a few solar panels on it. Find more information at leap-va.org.
Anyone who wants to consider more ways to cut back can calculate their ecological footprint here: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/
We can do this. The time is now.