Recycling and Reusable Grocery Bags Won't Solve the Climate Crisis: We Must Do More

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011


These duties should be a part of everyones routine. However, if you pride yourself in thinking you have made a difference I must sadly report that you have not. The scale of this crisis is immensely greater. I say this not to diswade you from continuing to perform these conservation tasks, but to suggest that everyone must make more serious commitments to sustainability with our minds and our wallets. Times are difficult and money is tight, however an energy investment in your home, business or method of transportation is not only a good idea but will save you money over time and done on a national scale will greatly reduce our energy demands. I have spent the last two years of my life, reassessing how I live on this planet and have secured the energy needs of my home for my family for years to come. The best part is that the federal government and your state will help you with costs and/or loans in order to install a whole host of renewable energy systems, home weatherization improvements or energy star appliances. In most cases, payback on investment can range from 2 to 8 years. Install these systems on your own, and expect to cut these times in half. Afterwards, you are saving and/or earning money at rates well above any stock market share or savings account. Don't believe its too good to be true. My solar array for instance, will be an income provider after just over two years. Most of us love a nice 52" HDTV, hot tub or swimming pool, but do yourself, family and mother earth a favor and invest these dollars in the future. You'll find yourself feeling good about doing the right thing, boosting the economy and saving the planet at the same time. Please take a look at all my videos as I "LEED" you through how you can start making a real difference in our attempts to stop climate change.