I decided in order to cheer myself up, I'd write about my carbon neutrality. It's been a topic of blogversation for me before and it's in the forefront of my mind lately because I'm taking an Oceanography class in which we're learning about global warming and ocean acidification. Every article I read creates more animosity in me because I know some uninformed people continue to insist that global warming is a myth and/or continue to believe that it's not their problem. I dislike sharing my planet with these people. But since I can't move to another planet, all I can really do is set a good example and hope someone, somewhere, learns from my example.
So here is my example:
- I live on a moderately sized sailboat with my boyfriend (it takes up less space, thus leaving more room for everyone else)
- I row my dinghy (zero carbon emissions)
- I walk or ride my bicycle when I need to get someplace (zero carbon emissions)
- I use public transportation or Ben gives me a ride on his motorcycle when I need to get to distant places (less carbon emission than driving a car solo)
- I get my energy from solar power (zero carbon emissions - although I'll admit sometimes I am forced to use a gas generator when the weather is cloudy - probably less than 10 gallons of gas per year)
- I cook with propane (propane has a smaller carbon footprint than other fuels)
- Generally, people who live on boats don't shower as frequently as *normal* people, therefore saving water. Now you know.