My Turn: Blame climate change on me, the guy who's trying to be green

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:53:10 AM. I own a hybrid car and rooftop solar. Yet I cannot live a principled, middle-class life and also live sustainably.
My Turn: I own a hybrid car and rooftop solar. Yet I cannot live a principled, middle-class life and also live sustainably. Blame climate change, including all the worries that come with it, on me. I’m the problem, and it looks like I’ll be the problem until my final days. Alaskan salmon is one of the world’s richest sources of omega-3 fats, so it’s on my diet. Potatoes from local grocers come from Idaho (or Peru), rice and chicken from Arkansas, fruits and vegetables from Mexico, beef from Nebraska and quinoa from the Andes Mountains. I buy French and Argentine wine. What a diet. The result of this far-flung diet is three or four tons every year of additional atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), and CO2 causes climate change. I could eat an exclusively local, vegetarian diet for about a quarter of that amount, but I’m not willing to sacrifice any luxury, or invest the money and discipline.   I ride a bicycle to lots of places for work and play, but I also drive a hybrid car about 6,000 miles a year, which adds nearly two more tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year. I fly three or four times a year, and that doubles my total travel-related CO2.  I could do more business via Skype, GoToMeeting or Google Hangouts, but traveling is cool and going to conferences makes me feel important. So I travel widely, although I know it has a significant impact on climate change. I justify it by thinking I’m more influential in the flesh than solely through my ideas, and I’m fulfilled by...Read more
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