"All around, people looking half dead,
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head."
—Lovin Spoonful
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PJ Hoover

Fight Global Warming

In Solstice, the earth is immersed in a destructive global heating crisis. Temperatures are categorized as yellow, orange, and red, and heat bubbles threaten to kill thousands.

Though Solstice is a science-fiction novel and does not depict current reality, the world presented in the book is set in our future and portrays a horrific picture of what could come to be.

In Solstice, Piper fights the global heating crisis destroying her world. While her methods may not be the same as yours, everyone can and should help in the fight against Global Warming. Even the smallest actions can make a difference.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP

1) REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
I know we've all heard it a million times, but let's face it. Sometimes it's just not part of our routine. So think of ways you can make recycling easier in your life. Keep a special recycling container in your kitchen or bathroom next to your trashcan. Rinse containers. If you can't think of another use for them, put them in the recycling container rather than the normal trash.
Side note: According to my daughter, miscellaneous boxes make the best storage containers for just about everything.

2) CONSERVE
Think of ways to maximize the resources you're using. Take shorter showers. Don't keep water running while brushing your teeth. If there is a chance to carpool, take it! It's more fun to ride along with friends anyway. Bundle errands together into one trip rather than making many smaller trips.

3) BE LESS OF A CONSUMER
It seems like our society has become a society intent on using cheap, plastic items once and then throwing them away. This spans everything from decorations on the tops of birthday cakes to the green plastic stirrers handed out at the local coffee shop. Before grabbing five packets of ketchup (four of which will end up in the garbage unused), think about what is really needed and try to minimize.

4) BRING IT HOME
There are all sorts of things you can do around the house to help the environment. Things like changing out your high energy bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs. Making sure your doors have weather stripping. And your switchplates all have insulation. And your attic has the right amount of insulation. If you aren't sure, contact your local energy company about getting an assessment done. Lots of times the service is free or has a significant rebate. All it takes is one phone call.

5) PLANT SOME STUFF
No green thumb required! Do some research and figure out what grows native in your climate. Xeriscaping is a nice option for hotter, drier climates. Plants that don't require extra watering are a great way to keep it green. Also, when deciding what to grow, consider if you have animals (like deer) in the area that might want to snack on your nice, new plants. Many plant nurseries will help steer you in the right direction.

6) BE A LOUD MOUTH
Spread the word. Join a group. The more people in the fight against Global Warming, the better our chances of preventing a future like the one in Solstice will be.

PLACES TO GET MORE INFORMATION

Learn more about Global Warming

DoSomething.org

If you have a link for me to add to the list, please contact me.

FIVE WAYS TO SURVIVE GLOBAL WARMING
(just for fun)





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