For those that want to give a thought to their own stuff
The average american adult carbon footprint is 30 tons per year.
Switch to an electric car - save 2.0 tons per year
laundry with cold water and line/rack drying - save 4.0 tons per year
switching all the lights in your house to LED - save 0.04 tons per year
going pooless - save 0.25 tons per year
strict vegan diet - save 4.5 tons per year
omnivore diet with 100% of animal products from 100% pastured sources - save 6.5 tons per year
meeting 90% of your food needs from a garden - save 10 tons per year
(focusing on heat in a cold climate - using data for montana; 25% of montana households heat with electricity which has a carbon footprint of 29.4 tons; natural gas is 8.9 tons and wood is 4.4 tons; a rocket mass heater is 0.4 tons)
switching from electric heat to natural gas heat - save 20.5 tons per home per year
switching from electric heat to a rocket mass heater - save 29.0 tons per home per year
using electric micro heaters to heat people instead of the whole house with electric heat - save 23.5 tons per home per year
apple a day (plant all the seeds, if 5% reach maturity ...) - sequester 100 tons per year
Abraham Palma wrote:But sometimes it hits me that the more I save on something, the more of that something is available for other people to waste, then population grows and we have achieved nothing but more people whose existence depend on our frugal consumption. If I restrict myself to having zero children, someone will double on theirs because the now available resources. Ultimately only natural limits will be able to limit us.
Dee Kempson wrote:I should probably really think this comment through but a spontaneous question to chuck in the mix ....would any of this matter if we had "Nicola Tesla" style free energy...
Christopher Shepherd wrote:Thank you Paul.
Here are 2 thing the millennials have taught this old bird.
Better timed work schedule. Getting to an off homestead work sight takes way less time and energy when before or after the majority is at work.
Work around the sun schedule "daylight drive". I often wondered why we work for others in the prime of our day when the sun is giving us the most power. Here from noon till about 3:00 we have 2000w extra available. That makes for a good time to run corn shellers and food processing equipment. I also charge all the batteries for the mower, weed eater, drills, and saws during this time.
Mary Cook wrote:I'm not sure it's absolutely true that any cutback you make on consumption, waste or procreation will immediately be snatched by someone else, that the only thing that will stop human overshoot is collapse. Okay it's PROBABLY pretty much true. But that's why ideally, one finds way to do what's best for limiting pollution and biodiversity loss, while at the same time setting up oneself, one's family, and ideally one's community (however defined) to best survive the almost certainly coming collapse. There are plenty of things that fit both. Learning to get by on a minimum of external inputs--meaning especially things imported from far away or sourced from faceless global chains as opposed to the mom-and-pop there's only one of, in your town--reduces your contribution to the problem and makes you more resilient. Arrangements with neighbors, or local groups like bike coops, farmers markets, CSAs help create the kind of locale that can survive some kind of collapse. So--while there's certainly truth in what you say--don't let it be an excuse to do nothing!