COP23 in Bonn, Germany is in the past, and a new year has begun. What’s next for our climate change efforts? Texas Interfaith Power & Light is drawing inspiration from the interfaith climate statement that was delivered on bicycle to the world’s leaders in Bonn. Walk Gently on Earth acknowledges the crossroads we face. We have “studied, prayed and petitioned, advocated, marched and mobilized.” Systematic change is needed, but it’s not enough. We must all transform the way we are living and consuming, if our children and grandchildren are to have a world in which they thrive. The interfaith statement specifically calls us to do three things:
- Dramatically reduce emissions from home energy use.
- Adopt a plant-based diet (eliminate or minimize meat consumption) and reduce food waste.
- Minimize automobile and air travel.
TxIPL will be focusing on these actions throughout 2018. For now, here are a few resources to get started.
Home Energy Use
Lighting, heating, cooling, and appliances are the obvious energy users, but don’t forget that energy is used to treat and deliver water for your house. Conserving water also conserves energy and reduces emissions.
Plant-Based Diet and Reducing Food Waste
The amount of energy, water, soil, and other resources needed to grow a food product varies widely. It depends on the location, method, and type of food production and the distance to ship the food product to you. However, on average, a plant-based diet requires significantly less energy and water.
Auto and Air Travel
Driving and flying less is great, but that’s not the whole story. Minimizing the energy used for transportation means being intentional about how and when we drive or fly.