Realistic steps the most vocal proponents of action on climate change could take to reduce their footprint:
- Newspapers—New York Times, Washington Post, etc.—should cease all print editions immediately to save paper and energy.
- Cable news should immediately end the 24-hour news cycle, which would significantly reduce electricity usage.
- Young, healthy people should forgo air conditioning and heat at all times. They might also opt for cold showers, as heating water uses quite a bit of energy.
- Older, wealthier folks should move into smaller homes, in cities if possible. Smaller homes are more energy-efficient, and if they’re in the heart of a major city, the need for a car is dramatically reduced.
- Cut down on internet usage. It uses far more CO2 than we realize—far, far more. Twitter warriors limiting their valiant efforts to a few hours a day would make a substantial difference on its own. Young people could also limit the number of hours they consume streaming media, opting instead for analog entertainment.
- Air-drying laundry would make an enormous impact if adopted on a large scale. Think how much electricity would be saved if no dryers were run. The same goes for dishwashers.
Any more suggestions?