In response to the brief letter from respected acquaintance, Shari Dangremond, of last week I have to agree mostly -- and elaborate. Yes, when it comes to climate impacts from the use of fossil fuels, we are all hypocrites. And yes, there are individuals who travel by air and may or may not purchase "carbon offsets," a way to reduce impacts and assuage guilt. But we all use lots of fossil fuels, they are unavoidable for now.
The necessary transition to a carbon-free energy world will be a long and difficult process, mostly driven by governments and energy companies. One of the most important things that individuals can do is support organizations that are trying to move those government and energy companies more rapidly towards a needed full transition by mid-century. (Our own DMEA is a great example of an energy co-op moving in the right direction.) Second, be an active citizen at all levels of government of the issue. Science and the facts are on your side. Write letters, send emails and speak at public meetings on the subject. And third, go ahead change those light bulbs to LEDs, ride a bike, use a clothesline, install solar panels, insulate your house, and on and on, including avoiding unnecessary air travel. Do what you can afford to do.
And smile while you are doing all of this and try to love all your neighbors, not just the ones who are involved at the same level as you. Set a great example.