Yes, I know, during the winter it can be rather nice to have milder and milder winters, but the long-term repercussions of disappearing winter are rather extreme and severe. These include, but are not limited to: Less snow, less moisture, less water, more parched forests, more forest fires and, of course, more death and severe economic costs as well.
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.I shot this picture from the 8th floor of Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colo. just now. My blue solar-charged, all-electric Chevy Bolt (roughly in the center of the photo) is dwarfed by the SUVs and pick-up trucks that are parked right next to it.
Thanks to the continued, massive burning of fossil fuels, our house, the earth, is literally on fire, as the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg noted almost two years ago .
I have been doing a lot to reduce my direct burning of, and support of, fossil fuels over the past decade. However, I've still got a ways to go, and I hoping to get to zero direct use of fossil fuels within the next five years.
I am a lifelong and committed environmental activist. And I have done many different things to both reduce my environmental impact and to raise environmental awareness and effect political change to protect the environment -- and human health.
As we usher in a new year -- and decade -- it's a good time to reflect on what each of us can do to reduce our impact on the environment and advocate for, and build, a cleaner, greener world. We are not helpless and it is not -- yet -- hopeless.