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An Inconvenient Truth: The Companion Book to Al Gore's Movie

abstract:When you live in a mountain community where our livlihood depends on the weather, people are especially sensitized to the issue of global warming. In the wake of Vice President Al Gore's 2000 election defeat, he dropped the campaign trail for an environmental crusade in an effort to halt the progress of global warming by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. [Meanwhile President Bush instituted a law against gay marriage—go figure.] If you don't see the movie, pick up the book, send copies to your friends with gas-guzzling cars, and make an effort yourself in at least one way - every week.

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June 05, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

Take the Quiz.  How much energy does your family consume? Somehow I scored "smaller than average," but I'd have to say that the process was interesting and I've determined to get one of those cute micro-cars (my previous rationalization was that I would be "bug vs RV" on our already dangerous mountain highway commute.)

Now my thought is, the world can do without one more family driving a Suburban to transport a few bags of groceries and the family pooch.

Buy the Book There is a lot of good information in here about how to make a difference. What else do we need to convince ourselves? It's in the book.

Take the 12 Step Program

Are you ready to commit to changing? Join Break the Addiction's 12-step, 12-month action plan for fighting global warming and the effects of overconsumption in your environment and your world. Each month, learn new ways to make a big impact.

STEP 1 - May - EXAMINE YOURSELF
How addicted are you? Learn simple ways to make a difference, find out how much carbon and money you could be saving every year, and register to begin tracking your progress.

STEP 2 - June - CHOOSE WISELY
It's all about making smarter choices. Small changes to our daily habits can have a major impact and don't have to mean sacrificing the things we care about.

Get started with simple ways to decrease your impact today and every day.


STEP 3 - July - BECOME INDEPENDENT
Don't rely on the earth for everything! Stop relying on non-renewable resources and start thinking about reducing the amount of waste you produce. 

 Find out how to start recycling in your area


STEP 4 - August - "RE-ENERGIZE" YOUR SPACE
"Greening" your space is the new feng shui. There are countless ways to make your dorm, apartment, or home more environmentally friendly. 

 Challenge your friends and family to get in on the act, because whether it means making sure your appliances are energy smart or just changing a light, a better way of living is just a few simple steps away.

 The average household spends $1,900 a year on energy bills. Get a room-by-room tour of how you can save yourself some cash while saving the environment


STEP 5 - Sept - TRANSPORT BETTER
We're all going somewhere, but some of us are moving smarter than others. Find out how you can make greater use of buses, carpooling, and mass transit in your everyday life. 

 Transport yourself to a higher plane by learning about alternatives to non-renewable energy sources like oil, such as wind power and biofuel.

 Learn everything you ever wanted to know about alternative fuels


STEP 6 - Oct - GET POLITICAL
This election, vote with an environmental conscience. Learn what candidates have to say about issues effecting the environment, such as artic drilling, fuel-efficiency standards, and the war in Iraq. 

 Advocate for political action on environmental legislation today


STEP 7 - Nov - GO PAPERLESS
In an age of infinite technological possibility, paper is passé. Go electronic whenever possible and if you must use paper, make sure it's recyclable. 

 Get started now by cutting down on the junk mail you receive by signing up for the "Do Not Mail" list and get your name off of all direct mail lists.


STEP 8 - Dec - SHOP SMARTER
Buying stuff is a part of life. Use your spending power for good by stopping to consider the environmental implications of your purchases before handing over your cash. Start by giving waste-free gifts, such as home-cooked meals, concert tickets, and digital music instead heavily-packaged gifts made of non-renewable materials.


STEP 9 - January - GO HEALTHY
Environmental living isn't for suckers. There are countless rewards for living a greener, more eco-friendly lifestyle, not the least of which is getting healthy. By taking simple steps toward living smarter, you could find yourself looking and feeling a whole lot better.

 And if the benefits don't motivate you, the effects of living in a world plagued by toxic contaminants, such as pesticides, and diesel exhaust, just might.


STEP 10 - February - LOVE, PROTECT, AND PRESERVE
This Valentine's Day, make Mother Earth the one you love. Consider how you have treated her in the past and finally commit to her by pledging to protect her from harm. 

 Finally commit to her by pledging to protect her from harm.


STEP 11 - March - CONSIDER AN ALTERNATIVE
This Spring Break, do something a little different. Take an Alternative Spring Break and travel to regions affected by the human cost of global warming or get involved in local, national and international environmental activism.


STEP 12 - April - CELEBRATE YOUR IMPACT
Earth 2007 marks the year anniversary of your breaking the addiction. Celebrate your success with a new challenge to continue your commitment to fighting dependence on oil and overconsumption and recruiting your friends and family to join you.

 

 

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