(Please note: This page is also Part 3 of the Climate Change and Global Crises Resilience Plan B.)
This is part 2 of the Job One for Humanity Resilience Plan. It is about the critical actions you can take to adapt and become more sustainable, both of which you will need to survive. The single most important reason the Job One plan exists is that no government, corporation, or nonprofit organization (NGO) will ever have enough resources to assist you in recovering from the accelerating cascade of worsening global warming-related consequences described in detail on this page.
If you are not making preparations like those described in our Job One Resilience plan, you will be subjecting yourself (and your loved ones) to more needless suffering and losses than you can imagine.
Part 2 of the Job One Resilience plan also contains the adaptive actions needed to improve almost all of the 12 most critical global crises we currently face. Finally, The steps listed below also are part of what is required to eventually create a sustainable prosperity for all. (More will be said about the ideas of creating a Sustainable Prosperity near the end of this page.)
In Part 2 of the Job One Resilience Plan, you will take new actions to better adapt to a rapidly deteriorating climate and the environment in order to survive and ultimately thrive. You will learn how to create sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods as well as reduce your personal and business fossil fuel use to the currently required 2025 targets.
If you have not read this 2025 targets page which describes in detail all of the personal and business annual and long-term fossil fuel reductions that we must make, click here to do so at some point while working on the steps below. This way you will know exactly what targets you will need to adapt to, to be successful across all of the various methods of reducing your fossil fuel usage described below in Part 2 of the Job One Plan below
While doing Part 2 of the Job One Resilience Plan please keep in mind the following critical reasons why you will need to radically cut your fossil fuel use immediately and, be working to make your life and lifestyle more sustainable.
1. If we miss the required fossil fuel reduction targets and deadlines as much as 70 to 90% of humanity will likely suffer and die within his little as the next 30 to 50 years.
2. In every situation in spite of the obstacles, the only way we save any part of a liveable future for even a small part of humanity is to radically and immediately cut fossil fuel use to slow down adding more carbon to the atmosphere enough so that we have time to prepare, migrate and adapt as well as possible.
3. Every reduction in our personal fossil fuel use means that more people will live longer or more people will suffer less. And finally,
4. We will need to institute the following new sustainability practices to help you survive the coming massive global food crop failures and the lack of production and distribution of other essential items due to be escalating global warming emergency consequences and crossed tipping points.
As you read through Part 2 of the Job One Plan's individual action steps, keep in mind that these personal and business sustainability steps will initially create some slowing and lessening of the current and coming worst global warming consequences, but only slightly. Not nearly enough to save us from our inescapable path to much more severe consequences for at least 30-50 more years, and possibly even extinction.
To save ourselves from near or total extinction and lessen the other coming consequences enough for most of us to survive we must successfully execute part 3 of the Job One Plan, which would result in all global carbon emissions from developed countries being reduced to zero by 2035 and all carbon emissions from developing countries being reduced to zero by 2045.
The only way we will ever even have the possibility of making the above levels of fossil fuel cuts is to successfully complete the collective action steps of Part 3 of the Job One Plan.
Only those actions will make enough of a collective difference in time to adequately cut our fossil fuel use to adequately slow or avoid the mass suffering, death, migration, and financial loss that is already beginning to occur and that will continue to get worse if we don't reverse the fossil fuel use emergency.
If you do not have connections of direct influence to the government's politicians or, you do not have indirect connections of influence on politicians through celebrities, intelligence agencies, ultra-wealthy corporations, philanthropies, or ultra-wealthy individuals, Part 1 and Part 2 of the Job One Plan are the areas we recommend you do first. But, if you do have any direct or indirect connections of influence on politicians, we strongly recommend you start the Job One Plan by reviewing Part 3 first. We only have until 2025 to meet very difficult global fossil fuel reduction targets. How almost all of that will happen is by our politicians taking the actions described in Part 3 of the Job One Plan.
In spite of the following individual actions by themselves not being able to achieve the critical cuts in fossil fuel use actually needed, the essential individual sustainability adaptation, slow and lessen climate change and global warming actions below are still VERY important because if they are done by enough of us, they will also:
a. help us personally to adapt to and survive as well as possible and for as long as possible in the new world that is coming,
b. create more additional time for emergency preparation, adaptation, transfer of infrastructure, or migration (as described in Part 1 of the Job One Plan) or, more time for adapting to the extinction face-off possibility found in the fourth, fifth, and sixth phases of the Climageddon Scenario.
c. if we are able to survive this emergency, the actions below will teach us today how to adapt to a new post-global warming world and it will give us the time to build these new actions into habits, and
d. When the actions steps below finally become part of the lifestyles and livelihoods of the majority of people around the world, they will additionally serve as an ongoing preventative remedy to keep another global warming emergency from ever happening again. (This particular future preventative value for the following individual action steps below presumes that we will succeed and avert the Final phases of the Climageddon Scenario extinction event and some of us will survive in the Global warming safe zones.)
Because of the essential importance and necessary benefits of items a-d above for both you and the future, please do not neglect the action steps of Part 2 of the Job One Plan to reduce your individual fossil fuel use and increase your sustainability while you also work on part 3 and part 4 of the Job One Plan whenever you can.
Work on this Part 2 regularly and make as much progress on its action steps as you possibly can to make your lifestyle and livelihood as sustainable as possible. And, if we survive the future global warming emergency, in one way or another, we will all have to live the guidelines and new values and ideas given in the action steps below!
And finally, take some time to think how about where you will be riding out the next several decades of the global warming emergency. If you are going to migrate to the global warming safe zones, you will want to focus on doing many of the sustainability action steps below at your new home and not as much in your current location. It is essential to make wherever you're going to ride out the global warming emergency as sustainable as possible. Do this not just to reduce fossil fuel use but also do this for your long-term personal survival.
How to get the best results on Part 2 of the Job One Climate Change Resilience Plan
We actively invite you to improve the Job One Plan with your own critical path action steps we have not considered. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the Job One individual or collective action steps. Wisely use any feedback from your own experiments (and those of others) to quickly adapt and tweak all action step tactics into better, faster solutions. Experimenting with alternate solutions not foreseen in the Job One Plan is good provided such solutions will also forward the critical goals and targets outlined in the Job One Plan and do not repeat steps that are already known to be ineffective.
If you have tested a more effective way to complete any step, or you have tested a new solution to some step, please collaborate and let the Job One team know about your success by emailing them at [email protected]. Job One staff will do their best to help spread your successes around the world in our newsletters.
The most critical individual Job One Plan pre-action step
The key action step that you should not skip over before you begin the individual action steps below is the action step that allows you, your family and your business to wisely get prepared for an endless chain of global warming aggravated consequences that are already hitting us. This step can be done over time as you work on the other steps below.
Click here for the details on all the needed emergency preparations for protecting yourself and your loved ones from the intensifying consequences of global warming and our next climate catastrophe. If you still have any doubt on why you must get prepared and that the global warming battle against its 20 known worst consequences has already been lost, please read this page on irreversible global warming.
The 14 key individual action steps of Part 2 of the Job One Plan
For many people, some of the 13 individual action steps can be challenging to complete. You may skip over any of the action steps below if you feel it is not applicable to your situation or, you feel you cannot do them. You also may do the steps out of sequence if that works better for you.
Individual Action Step 1: Divest out of fossil fuel investments and assets.
If you have any fossil fuel industry investments, divest and get out of all of your personal holdings in this dead-end industry. Next, do everything within your zone of influence to convince others within your networks to do the same. Next, work to convince businesses, pension funds, endowments, and national governments to divest completely out of the dying fossil fuel industry as soon as possible. Why?
- The fossil fuel industry is a bad investment. Other than for limited use in the future for the military, air travel, space exploration, and other limited applications, the age of fossil fuel energy generation has ended. No individuals or organization should want to invest in an industry with its massive subsidies soon being removed, its profits being taxed at increasing rates, and with its growing legal liability to restore all of the damage it has done to the environment over the last 130 years. Get out before you get caught!
- Money is real influential power! Money talks, and it talks effectively! One strong way to help convince our governments and the power elite that the age of fossil fuels is over and the age of green energy generation is here is to pull all financial support from the fossil fuels industry as soon as possible.
- There is little future left for fossil fuel energy use. Global fossil fuel use has to be drastically cut while we rapidly move to global green energy generation to survive. Divesting quickly aligns beautifully and wisely with the many new fossil fuel use reduction laws that will be enacted.
"Money does not just talk, it screams influence and power. If you want to see a change happen fast, properly incentivize it with strong monetary rewards or disincentivize it by removing its profit." — A Job One team member
Click here to make your pledge to divest and join the divestment honor roll!
For more information on why you should become a fossil fuel divestment promoter, please click here for a four-minute animation (1) that explains this tactic in more detail.
If you're still not convinced about the importance of immediate divestment, please watch this powerful 2-1/2 minute divestment video now by The Guardian. (2) See this article by Alister Doyle (3) for more information on why it’s important to divest now.
When you have personally divested out of fossil fuels, let us know by emailing us at [email protected]. You will be added to our Job One Plan divestment honor roll. If you have encouraged others to divest and they have done so, tell Job One your success story. Job One may share it in our Job One newsletter to help encourage others.
Now that you understand this important step, what is your plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next step. Create an ongoing personal master checklist of things you can do as you read each of the Job One Plan action steps.
Individual Action Step 2: Eat fewer animal and dairy products.
Yes, you read this correctly. Other than having just one child, the single most important personal action you can take to reduce global warming and fossil fuel use is not, as much popular thinking has it, to buy an electric car, insulate your house, or cut your hot water use by 60%. It is to eat significantly less meat and dairy products.
This is because global food animal production and dairy agribusiness are leading causes of global warming, considering their total atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions.
- Animal agriculture is a major emitter of greenhouse gases. One report (4) has estimated global agribusiness is responsible for a whopping 17% of all global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The frequently incorrect United Nation's IPCC uses a figure of 14% for agribusiness' share of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Unfortunately, like many IPCC calculations, this reported 14% figure overlooks key agribusiness emissions contributors. The IPCC report also did not include any calculation for greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-burning machinery needed for growing almost 50% of the world's total crops that are used in animal feed. This would be for things like mechanical plowing, seeding, harvesting, processing, and shipping the crops used exclusively for animal feed. The total greenhouse gas emissions from agribusiness' other systemic locked-in uses of fossil fuel that are withheld from the calculations could be equal to all other agribusiness emissions the IPCC uses to calculate its 14% allotment. In other words, the percentage of global warming being caused by agribusiness could be underestimated by half or more.
It might actually be much worse than that. Other reports listed below discuss the total greenhouse gas emissions from global agribusiness that consider all direct and indirect factors. These reports imply the real total greenhouse gas emissions attributable to agribusiness could be as high as 51% of all carbon and methane greenhouse gas emissions. (See the following article by Martin Hickman (5) and this Worldwatch report (6) for more on this higher 51% estimate.)
- By comparison, the fossil fuel industry (all industries related to the mining, distribution, and use of petroleum, coal, or natural gas) is estimated to be responsible for 40% of all carbon and methane greenhouse gas emissions.
- By comparison, even at the lower estimates, global animal agriculture may be responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined exhaust from all transportation—private, public, commercial, and industrial.
- Consistently eating a plant-based diet even just one day per week reduces more greenhouse gas emissions than buying local food all year long, and switching to a full-time plant-based diet results in greater greenhouse gas reductions than switching from a gasoline-powered sedan to a hybrid vehicle.
- Vegetarian-only diets generate up to a whopping 42% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and lead to dramatically lower overall environmental impacts compared to non-vegetarian diets. (See this 1.5-minute video (7) that illustrates the above facts and adds more specifics on why reducing your animal product intake is so important to reducing global warming in our future.)
If you cannot cut out all animal products and become a full-time vegetarian, at least start a program of eating fewer animal and dairy products, such as reducing your animal and dairy dietary intake first one day a week, then two days a week, and so on. You can start by eating less beef, which demands more fossil fuel resources to produce than chicken.
Everything counts. Begin by eating 20% less of the animal products than you are eating now within 6 months or less. You will save money and, according to recent studies, you will become far healthier, look better, and live longer. Once you hit your first target, keep reducing your animal intake by another 20% over the next 3-6 months and continue until you are either animal- and dairy products-free or you are eating very little of them.
Even though most people already know they are supposed to eat less animal and dairy products because of the many documented bad health impacts, this is a significant change for many people in their diet. Most of the time medical warnings don't change our behaviors, but when people also learn the hard science behind why reducing animal and dairy product intake is also important to their planet's future, many individuals are finally ready to make the commitment and change.
To help you understand the facts about how powerful changing your diet will be to reducing global warming, we strongly recommend you read this fact summary at: http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/ and see this 1.5-minute trailer for the documentary here. (8) (Cowspiracy is also available on Netflix.)
If you still need convincing on why reducing your animal products food intake is important to help slow escalating global warming, please read these two amazing articles by Khushbu Shah (9) and Felicity Carus (10) on how "voting" with your "low or no" animal and dairy products diet will help lessen global warming, as well as resolve other key global challenges to our shared future.
To help you make the change to eating fewer animal and dairy products, we also strongly recommend you read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Furhman. You will not only discover how to have a tasty diet that will help save the planet from global warming, but you will also understand how this new low-to-no animal products diet will help you become healthier, look better, and live longer.
In summary, the most highly leveraged action any individual can take to reduce global warming is to reduce or eliminate the consumption of animal and dairy products. When you have reduced your animal and dairy product intake, send us an email to [email protected] and enter the following in the subject line: “I am eating fewer animal products to reduce global warming.” Job One will add you to our global warming dietary honor roll. If you have encouraged others to do the same, tell us your success story. Job One can share it in our newsletter to help encourage others.
Now that you understand this important step, what is your plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next step.
Individual Action Step 3: Reduce your carbon footprint by conserving energy at your home and business.
Once you have stopped adding to the carbon and methane pollution problem with your current fossil fuel use by going green, you can then look at the issue of home and business energy conservation. For every $1 spent on home or office energy conservation, $1.80 is saved over time. Home or office conservation also can reduce energy bills by 32%, and energy-efficient households save an average of $218 per year on their energy bills. In the U.S. 21% of all energy used is consumed in homes. 40% of home energy use goes to heating and cooling; 20% goes to water heating; and lighting and appliances, including refrigeration, use more than 15%.
The key to home and business energy conservation is simply finding those places where your home or business is losing energy or using existing energy inefficiently. The U.S. Department of Energy has a lot of information on “Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Assessments,” including ideas for locating air leaks, inspecting heating and cooling equipment, perfecting insulation, and evaluating the lighting throughout your home or office.
No-cost energy conservation projects include closing blinds, shades, and curtains on cold cloudy days to retain heat; opening them on cold sunny days for solar warming; and closing them on hot days to hold heat out; making sure that your fireplace has a tight-fitting damper; and removing window-unit air conditioners in the winter to eliminate air leakage.
Low-cost and easy-to-do projects include blanketing your hot water heater, insulating hot water pipes, sealing holes around outlets with inexpensive outlet gaskets, and weather-stripping doors and caulking windows. Other projects include adding more ceiling and wall insulation, upgrading to energy-efficient units, insulating and properly sealing heating ducts, and sealing air leaks around doors, windows, and chimneys.
Once you have done all you can to conserve more energy in your home or business, you can hire a professional energy auditor to carry out a more thorough assessment. A professional auditor uses a variety of techniques and sophisticated equipment like infrared cameras to determine the energy efficiency of a structure and reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation.
A word of caution: Regarding conservation, research has repeatedly shown that technology used to increase fossil fuel consumption efficiency more often than not increases overall fossil fuel use rather than reduces it. This is known as Jevons’s paradox. (16)
This happens because of the economic savings that fossil fuel energy conservation provides, which then frees additional resources to buy or use more things dependent upon fossil fuels. Don't let your fossil fuel energy conservation increase global warming by accelerating fossil fuel in other areas. Just pocket the savings and use it elsewhere.
Now that you understand this important step, what is your plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next step.
Individual Action Step 4: Reduce your transportation-related energy use.
Tips to reduce your carbon footprint from driving:
- In the U.S. 40% of all trips people make are 2 miles or less. 90% of those trips are taken by car. If the trip is longer than 2 miles and too far to bike, consider carpooling or mass transit. If you must drive alone, be sure to combine trips, completing as many errands in one trip as possible.
- Drive a low-carbon vehicle. All vehicles now have an estimated miles-per-gallon rating (11) and pollution ratings. If electric cars are charged with clean electricity, they contribute no carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. After incentives and gas savings, it essentially costs nothing to switch to an electric car like the Nissan Leaf (12) or Toyota Prius. If you don’t charge the electric car with your home’s solar panels (or other clean electricity if it’s available), you’re better off with a high-MPG (miles per gallon) gas/diesel car or a hybrid. Here’s why. (13)
- Don't forget that “high MPG” doesn’t always mean “low carbon dioxide emissions.” Always check the emission ratings before you buy.
- Take fewer vacations that are far away. Take more frequent and driveable “staycations” closer to home.
- Use cruise control. Unnecessary acceleration and speeding reduce mileage by up to 33%, (14) waste money and gas, and increase your carbon footprint.
- Avoid traffic congestion. Being unnecessarily stuck in traffic creates unhealthy carbon dioxide pollution and wastes gas. Use traffic apps and websites to go a different way or wait for less congested times.
- Tire inflation and engine tuning. Use the correct grade of motor oil and keep your engine tuned because some maintenance fixes (15) like fixing faulty oxygen sensors can increase fuel efficiency by up to 40%. Properly inflated tires improve your gas mileage by up to 3%.
- Remove excess weight from your car.
- If 1 out of 10 people switched to an alternative form of transportation (biking, walking or public transportation), carbon dioxide emissions would drop by 25.4 million tons per year in the U.S. alone. If you are going a distance of less than 1 mile, walk instead of drive. If it's too far to walk, ride your bike. This will help you save parking and gas costs while reducing the risks of obesity and improving health.
Air travel tips to reduce your carbon footprint:
- Until petroleum-based aviation fuel is replaced, you should fly economy class, fly shorter distances, fly less frequently, and avoid flying altogether whenever possible.
- Increase your use of video-conferencing tools like Skype and Facetime to reduce work-related travel.
Now that you understand this important step, what is your plan to execute it, and when can you start? Make some to-do notes for yourself before going on to the next step.
Individual Action Step 5: Reduce your carbon footprint by buying local.
A basic diet of imported non-local ingredients can require up to four times the energy of an equivalent locally sourced diet. Where possible, buy from your local farmers’ market or co-op. The typical meal in the U.S. currently travels anywhere from 1,200 to 2,500 miles from pasture to plate.
Buying local has a strong multiplier effect in the economy in addition to reducing the transportation carbon footprint. A 10% increase in purchasing from locally owned businesses in lieu of national chain stores would yield nearly $200 million in incremental major metropolitan area economic activity and create 1,300 new jobs each year. A dollar spent on local products and services can circulate in the local community up to 15 times.
Individual Action Step 6: Get your home and business converted to green energy generation systems.
(Please note that this step is not a substitute for first radically reducing your fossil fuel use to help meet the 2025 fossil fuel reduction targets. Unless it is hydroelectric or geothermal, green energy generation also has many toxic by-products.)
Green energy generation can be solar, wind, hydroelectric, or some other alternative form of energy generation greener than fossil fuels. Today the reasons for converting to green energy generation in our homes and businesses are stronger than ever.
Switching to green energy as soon as possible can also be seen as a patriotic duty and national security imperative. The U.S. and many other countries in the world still get a significant portion of their polluting fossil fuel energy supplies from areas of the world that are high-conflict zones where our energy supplies could be cut off, radically reduced, or priced so high that these changes would destabilize the productivity and economic stability of all countries in any way dependent upon importing those fossil fuels.
Nations that import these fossil fuels from the high-conflict areas find themselves dragged into expensive, unending, or unresolvable conflicts in those fossil fuel-producing areas. These high-conflict fossil fuel-producing zones are also prime sources for exporting terrorism back out to the very parts of the world to which they sell their fossil fuels.
A nation with decentralized green energy systems in use by most of its population is no longer dependent upon or held hostage by the fossil fuel producers from many of the world’s high-conflict areas. Additionally, not having to send our military forces into these areas to protect our fossil fuel supplies and economic stability will also save lives and tremendous taxpayer costs in our national budgets. These savings can then be better used in other areas.
When you convert your home or business to green energy systems, you are making a powerful move to help build your national security. You are acting as a true patriot!
- Green energy generation has become cheaper than ever due to manufacturing at scale and the increasing number of people converting over. There are many improvements in green energy efficiency and in lowering the costs of installing green energy in your home or business.
- Green energy has come of age to such a degree that it is increasingly easier to finance in large and small green energy home and business installations. Soon it will be no more difficult to get financing to go green than it will be to get financing for a new car.
- Green energy generation is still subsidized in many areas with either direct subsidy payments or tax deductibility.
- Homes and businesses that are operating on decentralized green energy are far more prepared for any kind of emergency that would affect their current power systems and productivity. Having homes and businesses operating on decentralized green energy generation creates a high-level emergency reserve and a quick recovery resilience at both the local and national levels to any kind of emergency that would affect our existing centralized fossil fuel-dependent energy generation and distribution systems.
- Energy is power. When you go to green energy generation, often you can also decentralize power away from large utilities and international energy corporations. You bring real power and independence back into the hands of average citizens and small businesses.
Of all the steps listed, the step you just read is the second most powerful going greener step because it is about increasing green energy generation. Even if you don't own your own home or business, there is still something you can do here to advance national security and be a real patriot. You can convince those whom you are renting from or work for that converting to green energy generation as quickly as possible is the smart and patriotic thing to do for cost reduction, national security, reducing global warming, emergency preparedness, and protecting future generations.
Green energy generation also makes good economic sense by saving you money over the long term. Today, many individuals and businesses are converting to green energy not because they are sustainability advocates or want to save the climate from global warming but because going green saves money in their energy expenses over the long term.
Individual Action Step 7: Buy carbon offsets for your annual fossil fuel use that will go directly to help reducing carbon emissions and increasing green energy generation.
(Please note that this step is not a substitute for first radically reducing your fossil fuel use to help meet the 2025 fossil fuel reduction targets.)
Here is a simple description of what to do that was given to us by one of our members. "Go to https://unfccc.int/climate-action/climate-neutral-now and calculate their carbon footprint, then buy at least enough carbon offsets each year to offset your entire carbon footprint. I was shocked to see I could offset my wife and my 31 tons/year footprint for $15.50 by buying wind turbine funding at $0.50 per ton! I'm pretty psyched about encouraging everyone to do this because I think they will."
When you begin this carbon offset process, you will be taken to the United Nations website. You will also be given a choice of many projects around the world to support your carbon offset. The United Nations guarantees that 100% of what you pay for your carbon offset goes directly to the carbon reduction or green energy generation project you select in the country you select.
While this will not get us to our 2025 critical fossil fuel reduction targets, it will get you, your home, and your business to carbon-neutral, but do not stop from continuing to do all of the other actions on this page that are possible for you. It won't do us any real or lasting good if you buy carbon offsets and do not also alter the rest of your high carbon use lifestyle.
Individual Action Step 8: Do water conservation.
Another important energy conservation measure is water conservation at home or in your business. Up to 30% of a household's energy footprint can come from moving water from its source to the home. (This water energy use would include transporting and processing the water from its original source to your home for safe home use.)
A faucet that is dripping just one drop per second will waste about four gallons of water in just one day, or 1,400 gallons in a year. The average household could conserve 34% of its water per year by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances. You can also conserve water by installing faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and low-flush toilets, and fixing leaks as soon as detected.
There are also easy water conservation behavioral changes you can make. In your kitchen, if you wash dishes by hand, fill a bucket or the sink first instead of letting the water run continuously. If you use the dishwasher, run it only when it is full. Run the clothes washer only with a full load. Take shorter showers. Turn off the faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth.
Cut down on outside sprinkler use. Landscaping alone accounts for 20-30% of all residential water use. Growing native plants can save more than 50% of the water normally used to care for outdoor plants.
Allow the grass to grow slightly taller. It will reduce water loss by providing more ground shade. Water your lawn in the late evening or early morning to minimize evaporation.
Individual Action Step 9: Buy energy-efficient appliances and products.
Another good way to reduce your home energy consumption is to buy Energy Star™ appliances and products. Energy Star is a government-backed program using symbols that tell consumers if a product meets specific energy efficiency standards that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
The average home contributes two times the amount of greenhouse gases as the average car. In the long run, saving energy will save you money, as well as lessen your carbon pollution impact on our atmosphere and our planet. Many energy-efficient products such as windows and doors, water heaters, roofs, heating, and AC systems, and solar energy systems qualify for a Federal tax credit of up to 30% of the cost. Click here for more information. (17) Visit www.energystar.gov/
You can also reduce your home and business energy use by powering down and unplugging electronics. It comes as a surprise to most people that appliances still continue to draw a small amount of power even when they are switched off.
75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed in the average home while the products are turned off! When you are finished using any appliance you do not have to leave on, always unplug it.
To make things easy, plug an appliance (or several of them) into a power strip. When you are done, just flip the switch to cut off the power. Gadgets like the SmartStrip (18) help by cutting the power to all electronics when it is turned off. Want more info? Visit www.energy.gov.
Although there are many types of subsidies and tax incentives for home and business energy conservation, do not put the energy conservation cart in front of the more important green energy generation horse. To slow the process of going over the carbon 500 and carbon 600 near extinction and extinction tipping points, we need to more effectively stop making the problem worse. We all can help do this by reducing our use of fossil fuels.
At this point in the global warming emergency, switching to decentralized green energy generation on a widespread basis will be a more cost-effective, time-effective, and successful strategy than trying to fix all of the much smaller energy loss inefficiencies of homes and businesses everywhere. Want more info? Visit www.energysavers.gov.
Individual Action Step 10: Reduce your carbon footprint by investing in durable, reusable products.
The manufacturing of bottles to meet the American demand for bottled water requires enough oil to fuel 100,000 cars for a year (more than 1.5 million barrels). Every minute, 1 million disposable plastic bags are consumed worldwide (over 500 billion each year). Decreasing the number of disposable products in your life decreases your carbon footprint from manufacturing, transportation, and disposal.
To reduce your carbon footprint in this way, invest in durable, reusable bags, bottles, towels, mops, pots and pans, and anything else you need. Over the life of the products, you will reduce waste, reduce the energy-intensive extraction of virgin resources, and save money. Want more info? Visit http://www.newdream.org/water/.
Individual Action Step 11: Reduce your carbon footprint and protect your future food supplies by planting an organic garden.
As escalating global warming worsens, failed crops, soaring food prices, and growing starvation will be amongst the first wave of major consequences to shake populations all over the earth. To survive any length of time as the emergency deepens, you will need to be able to create and manage your own food supply beyond your initial 90-120 day emergency backup supplies as mentioned in Part 1 of The Job One Plan.
Get started as soon as possible learning all the skills and resources you will need to create your organic home, urban, community or, rural garden wherever you live. There are many resources on the Internet for successfully creating and maintaining organic gardens using permaculture, aquaponics or, hydroponics to create your own long-term food supplies.
Planting and maintaining a garden also can save money on food bills and it reconnects us with the true value of food. Garden creation, as well as other kinds of personal food-producing activities, will be essential to your long-term survival wherever you end up!
Research also suggests that growing more food organically can also help store more carbon. For example, by converting 10,000 small-to-medium-sized farms to organic production practices would store carbon in the soil equivalent to taking 1,174,400 cars off the road. Want more info? Visit www.plantingjustice.org.
Individual Action Step 12: If you are of a spiritual nature, work within your faith community to help educate others to help them survive global warming as well.
Spiritually based motivations are among the strongest and most sustaining of all human motivations. If you are spiritual by nature, it is important to find additional support and motivation for this challenging advocacy work within your faith community.
Support from within your spiritual community will help you survive escalating global warming consequences as well as execute the Job One individual action steps. In this challenge, we absolutely need all the support and motivational resources we can find before it's too late. Additionally, we also need to engage the amazing leverage of members of all the faith communities of the world to resolve this immediate threat to all people of the planet.
Unless more of the major religions quickly get on board with emergency preparations and migration, there will be few places left safe and stable enough for them to provide their spiritual services and other social benefit work for and with their members.
In addition to killing hundreds of millions of their members, the later stages of the Climageddon Scenario will also destabilize the resources and structures of the world's major religions when they will be needed most to help their migrating and trapped members deal with the extreme environmental, social, political, and economic chaos, which will occur as more global warming tipping points are crossed.
It's easy to get started. Encourage your religious or spiritual group members to support and sign the global warming State of Emergency Petition, as well as the other petitions and actions found on the Job One for Humanity website.
If we succeed in slowing and lessening the emergency enough so some of us will survive, it will be a time of gratitude. If we fail, it will be a time when spiritual persons will need their deep faith and prayer for the strength to endure what is coming.
Individual Action Step 13: If you are planning on having a family, have only one child
The Earth has a carrying capacity of about 1 1/2 - 2 billion people. Currently, we are near 8 billion people adding about 130 million additional people each year racing to 9.8 billion by or before 2050. (About 50 million people a year normally die.) Having more people uses more fossil fuel and causes more global warming. It is that simple.
We are way over sustainable population levels already yet, no government other than China seems willing to set a one child per couple policy! Future and current generations will suffer unthinkable ecological, social, and economic catastrophes because, as humanity, we failed to manage the size of our global population to match the carrying capacity of our global environment and the Earth's available resources. (Please click this carrying capacity link to learn more about why our rapidly rising overpopulation challenge is so dangerous.)
Please note that as the global population continues to rise, the additional population serves to further amplify and multiply the most harmful consequences of almost all the 12 other global challenges and consequences listed on this page.) One could easily say that overpopulation and its inherent over-consumption beyond our carrying capacity is also a major cause behind today's global warming emergency and most of the world's other critical problems.
Many experts feel that overpopulation is one of the biggest if not the biggest contributor to our global warming emergency. For a candid and balanced article on the immense suffering caused by our overpopulation global challenge, please see this article, Population, the Great Knee-Jerker: A Holistic Survey and Plea to Reduce Suffering.
Individual Action Step 14: Apply the life and future critical additional principles and actions of Sustainable Prosperity.
Much of what you have read above has been derived from the principles of creating a Sustainable Prosperity. And, there is also a lot more to learn about living sustainably. This additional information is found within the Sustainable Prosperity principles sections of our website.
Sustainable Prosperity principles are about the additional ways we will need to create both a sufficient and sustainable abundance for all. They are also about living within intelligent, realistic limits and boundaries. Sustainable Prosperity is also about using the new triple-bottom-line economics that will help us see and create the thriving new lifestyles and livelihoods of the future.
Unfortunately, there is still more critical adaptation and sustainability information to learn and enact in your life and business. These additional principles contain more critical individual and business action steps not listed in this document. These additional action steps will help you build these new actions into habits that we are desperately going to need to survive and thrive through:
a. the current global warming emergency,
c. having a post-collapse future (the Great Global Rebirth) that will work.
This Sustainable Prosperity learning step is one of the most important things to do to get you through the coming transition that we all must all now make to minimize our future suffering and maximize our safety! Please take the time to read all of the Sustainable Prosperity principles and begin practicing them by, clicking here. (19)
Part 2 Summary
- The age of fossil fuel has already ended. No individual or organization should want to invest in an industry with its subsidies being removed, its profits being taxed at increasing rates, and growing legal liability to restore the immense damage it has done to the environment over the last 130 years. Divest and get out before you get caught! There is no future left for fossil fuel energy on a planet that has to rapidly move to green energy generation to survive and thrive.
- Going greener and lowering your avoidable carbon emissions related to fossil fuel usage is an immediate and practical way to take ownership of your personal responsibility to help reduce global warming. It is what we will all have to do by law once we have solved the global warming emergency. It is also what we will have to do if we fail to solve the global warming emergency to buy ourselves a little more time to prepare and migrate.
- It may be challenging, but continually eating less animal and dairy products is the single most powerful action you as an individual can take to reduce global warming and your carbon footprint.
- If we do not succeed, these action steps can help slow and lessen the total effects of escalating global warming enough for, hopefully, several billion of us to have time to prepare for what is coming, or to migrate.
- If we succeed, these individual actions will be needed to maintain a stable and safe temperature range and climate in the future and to prevent it from happening again. In fact, if we are successful in ending this emergency, many of these action steps will become mandated by law to ensure we never trigger a global warming emergency again.
- If you are of a spiritual nature, it is critical to work with your faith community to help end global warming through education and Job One compatible actions. The faith communities of our world, when committed, will exert the powerful leverage of collective moral force to help end the global warming emergency.
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- when technological progress increases the efficiency with which a resource is used (reducing the amount necessary for anyone use), but the rate of consumption of that resource rises because of increasing demand. From Wikipedia contributors, "Jevons's paradox," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jevons%27s_paradox&oldid=759401245 (accessed January 10, 2017).
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(This page is derived substantially from the 2016 book, Climageddon, The Global Warming Emergency and How to Survive It. It has been updated with new climate research since 2016 as applicable. Climageddon is Available on Amazon.)