I think @6th element
forked to a good topic deserving it's own thread.
Other than ranting and raving behind the keyboard, anybody here actually doing anything meaningful to help climate? I don't mean that in a contentious way, I am actually interested in ideas. I'm trying - mostly failing - at reducing my household energy consumption and we don't drive many miles on an annual basis.
I've been researching carbon offsets for our personal and business air travel, but don't know too much about whether they actually help. Are they legit.
Yes this is off topic but the GT is zzzzzzz, and for some reason I keep coming back to this forum so I must hold its members is some esteem
So if we can't discuss our existential issues here, then where.
So here are my quick $0.02 for what it's worth...
Solar is great if you are building new or maybe even if you are doing a big renovation including roof replacement. I'm not a big believer in offsets, philosophically. Buying someone else's good behavior to enable your bad behavior seems philosophically dubious (like giving a donation to the family after murdering their family member). But fair minded folks will disagree.
I'm doing something with home automation that I think will greatly reduce energy. Having automated windows and shades that work in concert with outside temp measurements (eg its 76 in the house, it's 70 outside, rather than turning on AC, open the windows to let the breeze in, close shades on south side of home, etc).
Also there is great 3M film for windows that will reflect and or keep heat, depending on your location in the world.
Geothermic works great in many places in the north. Here's some propaganda:
It's used well in europe, problem is finding someone decent in north america to do the install.
Upgrading AC/appliances also does a huge bit.
There also lots of great home grow sustainable food things you can do around the house/property. This is just a recent one i found but there are many others like it:
I think solar power with an electric car for jaunts around the city make some sense too.
I personally find the topic fascinating, and agree, I think a lot of folks here would have good thoughts. Including taxes, govt incentives, etc.