Cherish, Treasure, Appreciate, and Take Care of Our Planet Earth


Julie Stephens"Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse." Desmond Tutu

I equate not taking an active role, or interest, in being a good steward of the earth to not living a healthy lifestyle, and in both cases just being mystified by the results. We cannot trash the earth any more than we can trash our bodies without consequences. Good health is a gift to be cared for and treasured. Likewise, a greener, healthier world requires each of us to do all we can to eliminate the pollution and practices that warm the planet and change our climate. By educating ourselves about what's going on with climate change and what can be done about it, we can make more informed choices when it is time to vote for the people who have the power to make big decisions. The biggest impacts on our planet will be, and will come from, large-scale policy changes and solutions that are influenced by who's in office. The question isn’t whether climate change is happening, or whether humans are responsible, but what can we do?

We can limit the use of fossil fuels, such as oil, carbon and natural gas, and replace them with renewable and cleaner sources of energy, all while increasing energy efficiency. Heat and cool more efficiently: use a programmable thermostat, change air filters and replace old equipment with Energy Star products. Change your most-used light fixtures or bulbs to products that have the EPA's Energy Star label.  Seal and insulate your home.  Recycle.  Use green power such as solar power.  Reduce water waste: instead of rinsing clothes twice—use less soap and use low flow shower head.  Estimate how much greenhouse gas you emit with the EPA's calculator.  The U.S. Department of Energy has an online guide to buying green power.  Check out clean energy resources and financial incentives in your area through the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency.

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May 20th, 2019

"I'm often asked whether I believe in global warming. I now just reply with the question: Do you believe in gravity?" Neil deGrasse Tyson

Living at 9,000 feet in our remote little mountain village is neither easy nor convenient. The reason we live in this difficult climate and isolated region is entirely because of the picturesque surroundings. Therefore, one would think that all the people who live here care about the environment. Sadly, this is not necessarily so. It is sickening to realize that anyone would pollute our river to get rid of their waste.  Unfortunately, it seems to be so.  It's akin to big corporations polluting our oceans and air to save themselves money in the short run. Try living without clean water.

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