Dear Climate Change Deniers…

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

Dear Climate Change deniers of Paul Farrell’s article in MarketWatch, want to hedge your bet? It won’t cost you a thing.

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 12.05.44 PMWhat if we solved pollution problems that we all agree need solving by you doing nothing — would you be ok with that?

For example: Here’s a picture of Long Beach, CA after a rain washes all the plastic bags, bottles and crud down the LA “river” into the ocean. Swimming anyone?

Let’s look at just one item in that tide of sludge – plastic water bottles. Only 15% of plastic water bottles ever make it to the landfill. That means 85% are ending up on hillsides or in the ocean.

But wait, there’s more waste

  1. It take 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water. What a waste of  fresh water.
  2. In 2006, producing the bottles for American consumption required the equivalent of more than 17 million barrels of oil, not including the energy for transportation. What a waste of oil which is running out
  3. If we purchased our home use water like we buy our drinking water, it would cost about $9000 per household.  You would throw a hissy fit before you would do that and yet you buy bottled water? What a waste of money. 

Do nothing, waste nothing and fix the problem(s), why not start today?

If you stopped buying bottled water you would eliminate one source of ocean and land pollution, save time at the recycle station,  save millions of barrels of oil, plus save thousands of your own cash. The best part? You didn’t have to do a thing except carry a container of water at the start of your day and refill when needed. Many problems are solved by just not “buying-into” the plastic water bottle marketing scheme.

So far, so good. What other waste is stopped? CO2 pollution.

If we stopped the water bottle habit, we would help keep 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide out of atmosphere. If you are wrong about Climate Change, you just hedged your bet and no one would know the difference.  It’s all upside for you and no downside.

Would you deny something that saves you money and time?

Would you deny something that cleans up our waterways and streets?

Would you deny something that could help keep the price of oil down by increasing the supply?

Would you deny someone else what they want, such as lowering CO2  if it doesn’t take any time or money away from you?

In Paul Farrell‘s MarketWatch article on Climate Change article, the majority of the comments it generated were, well, short-sighted would be the kind thing to say — what a waste would be the other. These comments are like the trash in the LA river, just piling up on one another until we need a front loader and tax-payer dollars to clean up the mess.

There are many examples of how doing nothing or switching habits to something more sustainable can save us money, time, improve our immediate surroundings, bring us safe food… just because they also bring down the CO2 in the atmosphere is that a reason to deny change, business climate or otherwise?

Need more inspiration - check out the results of the www.solardecathlon.gov.  The government may be shut down, but the sun is shining brightly on these innovative, net zero structures that save/make money for the homeowner and (by-the-way) bringing down CO2.

Change is good. I can’t deny that.

 

2 Comments

  1. Great win-win post! It is _not_ always an either/or situation.

    • Thanks CelloMom – spread the optimism!

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