Some things we take for granted, like a predictable climate and a temperate earth. Oops. Our carbon emissions are fundamentally changing that climate — faster and more radically than we imagined. Humanity now has an unprecedented choice. Do we deny, ignore and selfishly delay until it’s too late? Or do we rise to the challenge? To reduce carbon emissions, we must demand substantive political action. We must vote climate in 2010.
The message applies to all nations. There are some environmentally aware politicians in South Africa; seek them out and vote for them on local, regional and national levels (see environmental plan for the Western Cape). Politicians who genuinely promote environmental issues are generally intelligent, trustworthy leaders that represent well-balanced, moderate political viewpoints in other spheres. Voting for an eco-friendly government is not enough; we all need to become proactive. Two relatively easy things that we can do that save money and the environment in the long term are saving water and using less electricity that comes from fossil fuels. Rainwater harvesting (store rain water in water tanks for household use) and grey water recycling along with water saving habits can help to make you water self-sufficient (and save water bills). Becoming energy self-sufficient is within reach now too: solar power (solar panels, solar geysers) is ideal for sunny South Africa. Climate change is here; we need to react to it appropriately to ensure our actions don’t contribute to the negative effects of climate change. Contact us for impartial advice and a free quote! Re: thinking water, re: thinking energy.