UN Climate Change Report Must Stimulate Action From Bottom Up
The dire news coming out of the recent landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts just 12 years left to take action against irreversible impacts from global warming. As to be expected, the report has stirred up considerable controversy, but regardless of the causes and consequences of climate change, conserving non-renewable resources and reducing atmospheric emissions is just common sense. Using oil, natural gas, and even coal as chemical feedstocks makes little sense; making materials that can be recycled, is a lot smarter than burning them up!
So, most people are likely saying “What can I do?” We are glad to answer that question.
Solutions to this potential cataclysmic threat at the top level of governments may not happen in time. There must be action from the bottom up as well. That means people making decisions that can make a difference in small ways that multiplied by millions can become exponential.
According to the U.S. EPA website:
Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation.
The last line of this statement shows the path to reduction. One easy step to reducing demand for electricity and heat, and resulting emissions, is to better insulate homes. According to the U.S. Department of Energy:
The U.S. has more than 128 million homes. Eighty percent ofthem were built prior to 1980, and the vast majority of these arepoorly insulated.
Adding or retrofitting insulation in these older homes would save the owners money every month on their energy bills. More importantly, the resulting reductions to green house gas emissions would be huge. And using a product like cellulose insulation, with its inherently high environmental benefits, would even increase the potential reductions.
There are many basic things people can do on a small personal level that, when combined with similar actions by millions and millions of their neighbors, could lead to quick and impactful reductions. These range from other home related options like better sealing of attics, windows and doors, adding solar panels and choosing ENERGY STAR products when making appliance purchases, to driving less and regularly checking their tire pressure. The list goes on and on.
Cellulose insulation manufactures, who took the industry lead years ago with a commitment to CIMA’s Greenest of the Green Campaign, encourage everyone to try and make a difference now. Small but impactful actions, taken by millions, can have dramatic results.