Oh dear, ranting again :/ Trouble is this stuff scares me. Scares me more than terrorist attacks, truth be told.
The difficult thing is wondering how little changes in our daily life can make a difference in the great scheme of things. I am a bad person--I use disposable diapers and my car, although a Subaru--which have very low emissions--is still a small SUV (at least to the insurers). Now these are choices I have made to deal with living in this environment, which is harsh and extreme, with 2 small kids, 2 big dogs and snow on the road for at least 4 months of the year I feel justified. The diapers was a decision made purely on retaining my sanity, which flies south regularly when home with two small kids and almost no family support (except DH-no reflection on family, they're just not wherever I've lived).
What do I do for the environment? What can you do?
1) Use the car as little as possible (I use mine 3 times a week most of the year)
2) Use the car more effectively, give someone a ride to work everyday (no axe-murderers please). Combine errands.
3) If you change appliances switch to energy friendly varieties.
4) Get advice from your Hydro company about improving energy efficiency in the home.
5) Switch to detergents and cleaning products that are environmentally friendly. Norwex and Melaleuca are two companies I know that make good stuff, there must be others.
6) If you're rich or planning on staying in your home for a long time install geothermal heating...my goal in life :)
7) Investigate solar and wind power.
8) Share body heat where possible :)
Sigh--I'm over it for a couple of days. You can relax again.