I've never tried to lose 5000 Pounds before. Oh sure, over the course of my life time I may have gained and lost that much (insert eye roll & wink here) but I'm not talking about pounds of fat and water weight today.
I'm talking about reducing my Carbon Footprint. The program is designed to be done with a group - family, neighborhood, friends, community. But I, of course, need to give it a try first to see how I do before inviting others to join me. This should be interesting because I am a suffer-er of White Middle Class Privilege. This malady is insidious. It's taken a while for me to recognize it in myself; to understand the impact of my blind oblivion.
But it's an evolution. It's time to wake up and make a change.
Here are the 8 things I'm going to be aware of, track, reduce and improve in the next 30 days:
Reduce Solid Waste
Reduce Hot Water in Showers
Reduce Water Used for Washing Dishes
Wash & Dry Clothes More Efficiently
Heat & Cool the House More Efficiently
Turn Off Appliances - Plug Appliance Leaks
Reduce Miles Traveled
Eat Less Meat
Took an approx. 7 minute shower including water warm up, double shampoo/conditioner & shaving. I say approx because it's slippery to stop the clock right when the water goes off.
Dried the rugs outdoors on the chairs instead of using the dryer for two hours.
Drove out two separate times - should have consolidated those trips. Wanted to go for a drive thru the Valley but decided to keep the trip short and save fossil fuels.
Cooled the house while we slept (70) and raised the temp during the day (73)
It's a start. Lots of room for improvement.
I used the Carbon Footprint calculator on the LWV Climate Change site to calculate the footprint for my 3 person household. It is currently 169% over the local average. Ugh! I'm sure it's the number of flights I added but that's just justification. I may find another calculator to compare and get more specific info but you can check your Carbon Footprint using: Carbon Footprint Calculator Powered by Make an Impact.