there are many personal ways to live sustainabley, use less fossil fuels, live in harmony with the earth, lobby for and endorse climate legislation, speak out on the climate crisis, and build citizen power. This website page is dedicated to the thousand climate actions our north country citizens take in 2021.
ADOPT A SMALL, DAILY ACTION: *Cut foods into smaller pieces so they cook faster and require less energy *Use toaster ovens to cook singe servings or small portions as they use a fraction of energy that ovens require *Thaw frozen foods before cooking to shorten cooking time and save energy *Keep cooking foods covered with lid to retain heat and shorten cooking times *Dont use garbage disposal which require large amounts of water and energy to get remaining solids from the wastewater plant to the landfill. *Invest in a small home composter Use an electric kettle for more than tea, it boils water faster than a stovetop and you can use to boil water for pasta and other foods *Use a pressure cooker for grains and beans to speed cooking time and reduce energy use by as much as 75% *During baking or roasting turn the oven off for last few minutes and residual heat will finish the dish *Dont preheat oven for foods with more than 40 minute cooking times *Glass and ceramic dishes conduct heat more efficiently than metal so you can lower cooking temp by 20-25 degrees
North Country citizen climate activists: 1000 Actions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contribute to this page:
Tony composts and collects rain water for his vegetable gardens. Pema drives an electric car. Catherine has solar panels on her home. Diane wrote to the White House to end fossil fuel subsidies. Gus makes Climate Light Brigade signs. Lisa lobbies to eliminate support for the Fossil fuel industry at state level and circulates a climate bill package for a National legislation---a 2022 Earth Bill to lock executive climate orders into law. She signs petitions to declare a Climate Emergency. Tessa rakes by hand; goodbye gas guzzling leaf blowers. Star has 4 backyard raised vegetable garden beds and a pollinator plot alongside her house. Judith works with her home owners association to introduce community composting. Katharine sustains a total permaculture yard, trees, deep-rooted shrubs, perennials. Laura is eliminating the use of plastic food wrap, and planting non-invasive pollinators. Sue and Bill compost vegetable and fruit scraps, brown paper, yard clippings and leaves then use the compost in their flower, veg and herb garden; less in the landfill and no fertilizer in the garden. Bernice installed geothermal in her house in the woods. Ann maintains several large vegetable gardens and provides native flowers for pollinators Jim freecycles packing peanuts, pillow-packs, bubble wrap, and cardboard boxes from his workplace, composts food scraps, and maintains two vegetable gardens and a backyard pollinator garden. Molly participated in the "Can You Hear Us" Speaker Series on reframing our relationship with the planet and strengthening our collective power to realize our visions for the future (CYHU.org) Judy I save the liners from cereal & cracker boxes to re-use for storage or to make reusable sandwich containers. Hudson (age 5 on composting)"Because it's fun & I like nature and playing outside". Rosemary-daily communications/zooms and emails with officials. grassroots and organizations around environmental protection. Joe: post yard signs (this is Diane's yard!)
"Less Is Best" A Letter to the Post Star Editor April 29, 2021 by Earth Action Squad member Diane Collins: What if “Less is Best” becomes a rallying cry for those of us concerned about the climate crisis and life on our planet? What if hundreds, no thousands of us locally can help by changing choices? We know that climate overheating is happening and that it’s one of the biggest threats humanity has ever faced. We know that carbon pollution (our carbon footprint) from industrial and human lifestyle activity is irreversible and stays in our atmosphere for thousands of years creating a thick blanket that traps heat and causes stronger hurricanes, bigger fires, more frequent flooding and the extinction of thousands of species. Here are a few mitigating “Less is Best” choices: 1. LESS CONSUMPTION We are constantly distracted and barraged to buy new stuff. The carbon footprint for storing mined data about our preferences, packaging, shipping, and returning what we buy cannot be overestimated. We can curb carbon by only buying essentials. 2. LESS WASTE The cost of burning and burying what we throw away adds to carbon pollution. Local reuse, repair and recycle initiatives give us other options. Backyard food-scrap and yard waste compositing is an easy one. 3. LESS MEAT EATING A United Nations climate change report describes plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Raising livestock on lands that could grow trees that remove carbon dioxide from the air Is precious loss. 4. LESS DEPENDENCY ON FOSSIL FUELS Less driving and lower thermostat settings are simple choice examples. Another is making calls to our legislators in support of federal climate action. We can be converted, one resistant mind at a time, that the earth is in peril and that we can choose “Less is Best” steps to help save it. Diane Collins Glens Falls
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