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Environment: Personal Responsibility

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February 6, 2019
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Taking Care of Business

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  • IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HUGGING TREES OR
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  • SAVING WHALES.
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  • IT'S ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS AND THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.
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  • A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING TO
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  • HELP WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ALSO HAPPENS TO BE
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  • THINGS THAT WE'RE GOING TO WANT TO DO ANYWAY TO
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  • IMPROVE OUR LIVES, THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT WE HAVE.
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  • - WHEN WE BURN FEWER FOSSIL FUELS, WE ARE ALSO
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  • EMITTING FEWER OF THE AIR POLLUTANTS THAT CAUSE
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  • HEART ATTACKS, ASTHMA ATTACKS, BRAIN ATTACKS
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  • ALSO KNOWN AS STROKE.
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  • WE SAVE MONEY.
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  • WE CREATE JOBS THAT CAN'T BE EXPORTED.
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  • WE STABILIZE OUR ECONOMY.
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  • - THERE IS SOMETHING TO BURNING OF FOSSIL FUELS
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  • AND THE DIRECT LINK TO HUMAN HEALTH.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS ...
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  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS ...
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - KELLY WRIGHT: SINCE THE GLOBAL WARMING SCARE
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  • FIRST AROSE, THE TERMS GO GREEN AND CARBON
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  • FOOTPRINT HAVE BEEN THROWN AROUND SO OFTEN
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  • THAT THEY NOW ARE BLAND AND EMPTY, LACKING THE
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  • FIERY INSPIRATION THEY WERE COINED WITH.
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  • THERE EXISTS COUNTLESS STEPS AN INDIVIDUAL CAN TAKE TO
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  • REDUCE HIS OR HER FOOTPRINT, SOME OF WHICH
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  • MAY SEEM TEDIOUS OR TRIVIAL AND UNAPPEALING,
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  • BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT WE ALL MAKE AN IMPACT ON
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  • THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
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  • THE SYSTEMS THAT WE EMPLOY AND THE CHOICES
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  • THAT WE MAKE TODAY DO HAVE AN ENDURING EFFECT.
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY IS MORE
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  • THAN JUST TAKING CARE OF THE EARTH.
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  • IT'S ALSO TAKING CARE OF THOSE WE LOVE.
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  • - WE ADOPTED OUR DAUGHTER AT AGE 9, AND
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  • SHE WAS A GOLFER ON HER HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TEAM.
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  • I TOOK HER OUT TO A CITY PARK BECAUSE SHE WAS GOOD
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  • AT MOST PARTS OF HER GAME, BUT HER PUTTING
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  • WAS REALLY BAD.
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  • I WAS TRYING TO GET HER TO GET IT CLOSE TO THE
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  • HOLE IN ONE SO THE IDEA WOULD HAVE BEEN THEN SHE
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  • COULD GET IT IN IN TWO.
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  • AND SHE WAS HITTING IT ALL OVER THE PLACE.
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  • SHE HIT IT ONCE, AND IT WENT RIGHT IN THE CUP
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  • WHICH ISN'T WHAT I WANTED TO TEACH HER, BUT SHE GOT
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  • SO EXCITED.
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  • SHE WAS JUMPING UP AND DOWN RUNNING OVER TO GIVE
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  • ME A HUG, AND SHE LOST HER BREATH.
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  • SHE STARTED HYPER VENTILATING, AND I WAS A
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  • LITTLE WORRIED, SO I TOOK HER TO AUTOBON
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  • HOSPITAL TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AND GOING INTO THE
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  • EMERGENCY ROOM I NOTICED THERE WERE LOTS OF PEOPLE
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  • IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM THAT DAY, AND I WAS A
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  • LITTLE WORRIED SHE MIGHT PASS OUT.
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  • SO I TOOK HER TO THE NURSES' STATION, AND THEY
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  • PUT HER ON OXYGEN IMMEDIATELY.
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  • BUT I ASKED THE NURSE, I SAID, WHAT'S GOING ON?
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  • AND SHE SAYS WELL, IT'S AN OZONE ALERT DAY.
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  • AND YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE OUT IN THIS STUFF.
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  • AND I HAD HEARD THOSE TERMS BEFORE ON THE NEWS,
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  • OZONE'S IN THE UNHEALTHY LEVEL.
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  • I NEVER KNEW WHAT IT MEANT.
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  • IT NEVER IMPACTED ME.
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  • I COME TO FIND OUT THERE ARE SEGMENTS OF OUR
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  • POPULATION THAT ARE MORE VULNERABLE THAN OTHERS,
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  • OLDER PEOPLE, YOUNGER PEOPLE, AND GROUND LEVEL
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  • OZONE WHICH COMES FROM POLLUTION FROM BURNING
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  • FOSSIL FUELS HAS AN IMPACT ON PEOPLE'S HEALTH.
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  • AND MY DAUGHTER WAS IMPACTED THAT DAY.
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  • - SO IN 2006, LATE 2006 I RECONNECTED WITH AN OLD
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  • FRIEND FROM COLLEGE.
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  • AND WE WERE BOTH SORT OF TRYING TO ANSWER THAT
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  • QUESTION FOR OURSELVES, HOW DO WE RECALIBRATE OUR
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  • LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THE PLANET?
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  • ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER AND WE DECIDED TO GO LOOK
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  • FOR SOLUTIONS.
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  • IT WAS RIGHT AFTER AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH HAD
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  • COME OUT, AND THAT PUT CLIMATE CHANGE ON A LOT
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  • OF PEOPLE'S MINDS, BUT IT DID A GREAT JOB OF
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  • OUTLINING A PROBLEM BUT NOT AS GOOD A JOB ON
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  • OUTLINING SOLUTIONS.
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  • SO WE EMBARKED ON A 50 STATE ROAD TRIP LOOKING
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  • FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS IN EVERY SINGLE STATE.
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  • AND WE PUT OURSELVES THROUGH SOME CHALLENGES
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  • LIKE A NO GARBAGE CHALLENGE WHERE WE TRIED
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  • TO GET TO ZERO GARBAGE FOR THE ENTIRE TRIP.
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  • SO HERE WE ARE IN THIS VEHICLE PACKED TO THE
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  • GILLS WHEN WE LEFT, AND WE DECIDED IF WE WERE GOING
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  • TO EVEN ATTEMPT THIS CHALLENGE WE NEEDED
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  • TO LIMIT OURSELVES PRETTY RADICALLY, SO WE LIMITED
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  • OURSELVES TO ONE SHOE BOX PER MONTH FOR ALL THREE
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  • OF US FOR ALL OF OUR TRASH AND RECYCLABLES.
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  • EVERYTHING HAD TO FIT IN THAT SHOE BOX.
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  • THERE IS SUCH A THING AS IGNORANCE AS BLISS, AND
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  • ONCE YOU KNOW THINGS BUT YOU HAVEN'T YET CHANGED
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  • YOUR BEHAVIOR, IT CAN CAUSE SOME PAIN, SO THE
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  • SOLUTION IS OBVIOUSLY NOT TO UNKNOW SOMETHING.
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  • THAT'S NOT REALLY POSSIBLE BUT TO START TO
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  • MOVE IN THE DIRECTION TOWARDS DOING WHAT YOU
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  • KNOW IS RIGHT.
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  • - THE IMPACTS WE'RE HAVING ON PEOPLE AROUND
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  • THE WORLD ARE PROFOUND, AND ONCE YOU COME TO THAT
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  • REALIZATION, THEN YOU REALLY CAN'T GO BACK.
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  • YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO LIVING THAT LIFE.
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  • IT'S THE MOTIVATION TO PUSH YOU FORWARD TO KEEP
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  • TRYING TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES.
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  • AND YOU KNOW, IT'S A JOURNEY.
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  • IT'S NOT A DESTINATION.
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  • AND FOR ME IT WAS IN PARALLEL WITH MY FAITH
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  • JOURNEY BECAUSE AS A PERSON OF FAITH I KNEW
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  • THAT I HAD TO LOVE MY NEIGHBOR, AND HOW CAN I
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  • LOVE MY NEIGHBOR IF I'M POLLUTING MY NEIGHBOR'S
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  • AIR, POLLUTING MY NEIGHBOR'S WATER?
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  • - YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU BEGIN TO REALIZE HOW YOUR
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AFFECTS OTHERS, IT'S A
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  • POWERFUL MOTIVATOR.
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  • BUT WHAT TO DO NEXT CAN BE TRULY CONFUSING.
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  • THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO LEARN, SO MANY DEMANDS
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  • FOR LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT ONE IS SURE TO
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  • FEEL OVERWHELMED.
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  • HOW ARE WE TO KNOW WHICH STEPS HAVE THE
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  • GREATEST IMPACT,
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  • AND THEREFORE THE GREATEST PRIORITY IN OUR
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  • TRANSITION TO LEADING GREENER LIVES?
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  • WELL, FOR TIM DARCE A SUCCESSION OF SMALL
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  • CHANGES TRANSFORMED HIS DAILY LIFE AND
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STARTING WITH THE
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  • DECISION TO REDUCE.
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  • - AND SO THAT STARTED ME ON A JOURNEY OF MAKING
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  • SMALL STEPS.
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  • HUGE STEPS SEEMED IMPOSSIBLE.
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  • YOU KNOW, IF SOMEBODY SAID WELL, YOU NEED TO
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  • GIVE UP YOUR CAR, I'D SAY YOU'RE CRAZY.
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  • THERE'S NO WAY.
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  • I LOVE MY CAR.
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  • I NEED MY CAR.
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  • THERE'S NO WAY I CAN DO THAT ABOUT, IT WAS
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  • BABY STEPS.
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  • I COULD REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MILES THAT I DRIVE.
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  • I AM AN ACCOUNTANT BY TRADE.
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  • OKAY, I GOT MY UNDER GRAD IN ACCOUNTING SO I'M A
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  • BIT OF A NERD.
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  • I LOVE EXCEL SPREADSHEETS, SO I STARTED
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  • KEEPING TRACK OF HOW MANY DAYS I WENT ON A TANK OF
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  • GAS, AND I FOUND OUT I HAD METICULOUS RECORDS ON
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  • FILL UPS, SO I NOTICED I WAS FILLING UP EVERY WEEK.
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  • AND THAT'S 52 FILL-UPS A YEAR.
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  • THAT'S A LOT OF GAS, SO I STARTED DOING THINGS TO
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  • IMPROVE THAT.
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  • I STARTED DRIVING MORE SLOWLY, MAKING SURE MY
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  • TIRES WERE INFLATED, TRYING TO ANTICIPATE TRAFFIC.
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  • NOT ALWAYS BE MY FOOT ON THE GAS OR FOOT ON THE
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  • BRAKE, AND THEN COMBINING TRIPS.
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  • INSTEAD OF EVERY TIME I NEED SOMETHING TO THE
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  • STORE I'D DRIVE TO THE STORE, I'D MAKE A LIST
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  • AND WAIT, SO BY MAKING THESE CHOICES OVER TIME,
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  • IT TOOK ME ABOUT 7 YEARS I GOT IT DOWN TO 12
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  • FILL-UPS A YEAR, SO I WAS FILLING UP ABOUT
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  • ONCE A MONTH.
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  • BUT THAT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 52
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  • FILL-UPS AND 12 FILL-UPS, AND IT
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  • WASN'T OVERNIGHT.
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  • THAT'S 7 YEARS TO DO THAT, BUT IT WAS TRACKING
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  • IT, KEEPING, YOU KNOW, MEASURING HOW MANY DAYS
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  • AND TRYING TO EEK OUT SOME MORE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT I STARTED FINDING OUT WELL, THERE
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  • WAS A BUS THAT WENT RIGHT PAST MY STREET THAT WENT
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  • RIGHT PAST THE STREET WHERE I WORKED, AND I
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  • DIDN'T KNOW THAT, SO IT WAS EASY.
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  • - ANOTHER ONE I REALLY LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE
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  • TO DO THAT'S SIMPLE IS TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE BUS
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  • IF IT'S WITH YOUR HOME AND WORK AND SCHOOL OR
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  • WHATEVER RANGE, BUT LEARN HOW TO USE THE BUS.
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  • EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU WON'T DO IT, DO IT FOR
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  • WHEN YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE CAR TO THE SHOP AND IT'S
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  • JUST EASIER TO TAKE THE BUS.
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  • ANOTHER REASON IS LEARN HOW TO TAKE THE BUS ON A
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  • SNOW DAY SO YOU'RE NOT MIXING IT UP WITH PEOPLE
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  • WHO ARE FREAKING OUT AND DON'T UNDERSTAND PHYSICS
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  • AND ARE ABOUT TO SLIDE INTO YOUR CAR.
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  • IT'S AMAZING TO ME WHEN PEOPLE TAKE THE BUS ONCE
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  • OR TWICE JUST AS AN EXPERIMENT, THEY COME
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  • BACK TO ME AND THEY GO IT'S REALLY RELIABLE.
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  • IT'S ON TIME.
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  • AND I'M LIKE, YEAH.
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  • IT'S THE WAY IT WORKS.
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  • BECAUSE PEOPLE ASSUME THE BUS WOULD BE SUFFERING.
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  • - ONE OF THE THINGS THAT INSPIRED ME TO GIVE UP MY
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  • CAR IS WHEN I JOINED THIS NONPROFIT CAR
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  • COALITION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF
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  • REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
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  • I MET PEOPLE WHO ARE CAR FREE.
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  • I HAD NEVER EVEN CONSIDERED THAT, BUT
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  • THERE'S A SMALL POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO
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  • CHOOSE TO LIVE WITHOUT CARS, AND THEY KNOW HOW
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  • TO USE THE SYSTEM.
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  • THEY KNOW THEY'VE GOT THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT.
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  • THEY KNOW THE BUS SYSTEM VERY WELL.
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  • I WAS INSPIRED BY THEM, AND THEN OTHER PEOPLE
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  • HAVE TOLD ME YOU'VE BEEN AN INSPIRATION TO ME.
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  • BECAUSE I SAW YOU DO, IT I STARTED DOING IT.
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  • - WHEN YOU START TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THE PLANET
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  • AND YOU START TO RIDE A BICYCLE OR WALK TO THE
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  • BUS STOP TO GET OUT AND TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS AT
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  • THE FARMERS MARKET, EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT YOU
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  • WILL REDUCE YOUR WEIGHT AND IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH.
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  • - TRANSPORTATION'S ANOTHER BIG ONE,
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  • SO TAKING FEWER TRIPS.
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  • A LOT OF IT COMES BACK TO LOCALIZING.
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  • IF WE'RE ABLE TO GROW MORE OF OUR OWN FOOD
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  • IN OUR BACKYARD GARDEN, FOR INSTANCE,
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  • WE END UP EATING LESS POORLY PRODUCED FOOD,
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  • SO WE FEEL HEALTHIER.
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  • IT DIDN'T HAVE TO TRAVEL 1500 MILES TO GET TO US.
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  • - THE FOOD WE EAT IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF
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  • OUR DAILY LIVES, CENTRAL BOTH TO OUR HEALTH AND
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  • OUR RELATIONSHIPS, SO PERHAPS IT'S NOT
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  • SURPRISING THAT IT CAN ALSO BE A HUGE WAY IN
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  • WHICH WE MODERATE OUR IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT.
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  • THE WORLD'S FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS
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  • PRODUCE MORE THAN A QUARTER OF MANMADE
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  • GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, WITH NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF
  • 00:09:27.150 --> 00:09:30.260
  • THOSE EMISSIONS LINKED TO ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
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  • BY MAKING CAREFUL CHOICES WITH THE FOOD WE BUY AND
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  • EAT, WE CAN IMPROVE NOT ONLY OUR OWN HEALTH
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  • BUT ALSO THE HEALTH OF THE PLANET.
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  • - WHEN YOU GO TO THE GROCERY, IF YOU BUY
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  • $100 DOLLAR'S WORTH OF GROCERIES, MORE THAN
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  • $50 DOLLARS OF THAT GROCERY IS FOR GETTING THE FOOD
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  • FROM THE LAND, TO THE FACTORY FOR PROCESSING,
  • 00:09:51.230 --> 00:09:55.090
  • AND THEN THE PROCESSING OF IT, AND THEN GETTING
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  • IT TO THE STORE, TO YOU.
  • 00:09:58.010 --> 00:09:59.200
  • IT'S VERY ENERGY INTENSIVE TO TRANSPORT,
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  • PROCESS, REFRIGERATE, ET CETERA FOOD NOWADAYS.
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  • SO THE AVERAGE MEAL, IF YOU PUT IT ON THE TABLE
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  • IN THIS COUNTRY, NOW HAS BEEN DRIVEN 1500 MILES
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  • PLUS AGAIN ALL THAT ENERGY TO PROCESS IT.
  • 00:10:12.200 --> 00:10:15.180
  • SO IF INSTEAD YOU'RE BUYING FOOD FROM 50 MILES
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  • AWAY, A HUNDRED MILES AWAY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO
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  • HAVE A MINOR IN APPLIED MATH TO FIGURE OUT, HEY,
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  • THIS IS PRETTY COOL.
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  • - GARDENING IS REALLY ONE OF THE GATEWAYS INTO
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  • LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY BECAUSE ONCE YOU START TO
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  • DO IT AS A FAMILY, IT BECOMES FUN.
  • 00:10:29.260 --> 00:10:32.030
  • IT BECOMES AN EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR KIDS TO SEE HOW
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  • FOOD GETS COMPOSTED AND THEN TURNS INTO NEW FOOD.
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  • AND KIDS LOVE TO GET THEIR HANDS DIRTY.
  • 00:10:36.280 --> 00:10:38.190
  • AND THERE'S COOL BUGS AND PLANTS, AND THERE'S NEW
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  • CREATURES IN THE YARD THAT YOU DIDN'T SEE
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  • BEFORE BECAUSE NOW YOU HAVE WILDS FLOWERS THAT
  • 00:10:42.250 --> 00:10:44.200
  • YOU DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE.
  • 00:10:44.220 --> 00:10:46.010
  • - MY MOM, SHE LAUGHS BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T GET
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  • ME TO EAT VEGETABLES WHEN I WAS A KID, BUT NOW
  • 00:10:49.090 --> 00:10:51.230
  • I GROW MY OWN VEGETABLES AND EAT A LOT OF
  • 00:10:51.250 --> 00:10:53.230
  • VEGETABLES, AND SHE CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE IT.
  • 00:10:53.250 --> 00:10:56.240
  • WHEN YOU GROW YOUR OWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES,
  • 00:10:56.260 --> 00:10:59.180
  • THEY SOMEHOW TASTE BETTER.
  • 00:10:59.200 --> 00:11:01.080
  • INSTEAD OF GROWING A VARIETY THAT LOOKS GOOD
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  • ON A SHELF OR LASTS LONGER WHICH IS WHAT A
  • 00:11:04.060 --> 00:11:06.270
  • LOT OF OUR FOOD PRODUCERS DO, YOU CAN GROW YOUR
  • 00:11:06.290 --> 00:11:09.240
  • OWN VARIETIES THAT TASTE BETTER AND
  • 00:11:09.260 --> 00:11:11.250
  • ARE HEALTHIER FOR YOU.
  • 00:11:11.270 --> 00:11:13.110
  • - JUST HAVING A BACKYARD GARDEN IS A WAY TO
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  • CONNECT US TO OUR OWN FOOD, CONNECT US TO THE
  • 00:11:15.120 --> 00:11:17.130
  • PLANET AND TO EACH OTHER AND THE CREATURES AROUND
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  • US. IT JUST REALLY VERY LITERALLY PUTS YOU IN
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:23.260
  • TOUCH WITH THE EARTH IN A WAY THAT FEW OTHER THINGS
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  • DO. AND YOU GET FOOD AT THE END OF THE DAY.
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  • THAT'S THE GREAT THING. YOU'RE EATING BETTER.
  • 00:11:30.230 --> 00:11:32.100
  • THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A FRESH TOMATO RIGHT
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  • OUT OF YOUR GARDEN.
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  • - OUR OLDEST DAUGHTER CAME HOME AND TOLD US
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  • THAT SHE WAS GONNA BECOME A VEGETARIAN.
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:40.190
  • WE THOUGHT OH, GOSH, HERE WE GO.
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  • WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CAUSING PROBLEMS.
  • 00:11:42.200 --> 00:11:44.160
  • IT TURNS OUT WITHIN TEN YEARS MY WIFE AND I
  • 00:11:44.180 --> 00:11:46.260
  • BECAME VEGETARIANS, SO IT WAS AN IMPACT ON US.
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:50.090
  • WHEN WE STARTED REALIZING THAT RAISING BEEF USES
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  • TEN TIMES THE AMOUNT OF WATER AND ENERGY AND LAND
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:59.120
  • AND THAT WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE OUT IN THE WORLD
  • 00:11:59.140 --> 00:12:02.090
  • WHO ARE UNDER NOURISHED AND INSECURE ABOUT THEIR
  • 00:12:02.110 --> 00:12:06.190
  • FOOD, WE CAN PRODUCE MORE AND FEED MORE PEOPLE
  • 00:12:06.210 --> 00:12:09.240
  • IF YOU MOVE TO A PLANT-BASED DIET.
  • 00:12:09.260 --> 00:12:13.070
  • - THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A VEGETARIAN AND
  • 00:12:13.090 --> 00:12:15.280
  • NOT BEING A VEGETARIAN IS, I THINK I HEARD IT'S
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  • LIKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRIVING A PRIUS
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:21.090
  • AND DRIVING A HUMMER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT,
  • 00:12:21.110 --> 00:12:22.210
  • SO IT'S SIGNIFICANT.
  • 00:12:22.230 --> 00:12:24.000
  • BUT EVEN JUST EATING LESS MEAT AND MAKING SURE THAT
  • 00:12:24.020 --> 00:12:27.090
  • THE MEAT YOU DO EAT IS FROM A RESPONSIBLE SOURCE.
  • 00:12:27.110 --> 00:12:32.020
  • CAFO'S DO A LOT OF DAMAGE TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
  • 00:12:32.040 --> 00:12:34.130
  • IT'S TORTURE ON THE ANIMALS, BUT IT ALSO HAS
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:36.240
  • A LOT OF DOWNSTREAM IMPACTS ENVIRONMENTALLY
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  • IN TERMS OF WATER USAGE, LAND USAGE, CARBON INTO
  • 00:12:38.290 --> 00:12:41.270
  • THE ATMOSPHERE, ALL THESE THINGS.
  • 00:12:41.290 --> 00:12:43.090
  • - I WANT FAMILY FARMERS TO SURVIVE BECAUSE THEY
  • 00:12:43.110 --> 00:12:45.220
  • TAKE MUCH BETTER CARE OF THEIR LAND AND THE
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:48.000
  • ENVIRONMENT AND THEIR COMMUNITIES, SO I
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:50.100
  • ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO IF YOU'RE GONNA EAT MEAT,
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  • THAT'S COOL, JUST EAT LOCAL MEAT.
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  • THAT'S A VERY GOOD COMPROMISE.
  • 00:12:54.250 --> 00:12:56.190
  • - WHAT WE EAT IS A CHANCE TO VOTE THREE
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  • TIMES A DAY ON THE KIND OF WORLD WE WANT TO HAVE.
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:02.120
  • AND ALL OF US HAVE TO EAT. IT'S SOMETHING WE ALL SHARE.
  • 00:13:02.140 --> 00:13:05.180
  • FOOD CONNECTS US IN SO MANY WAYS TO EACH OTHER
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  • BUT ALSO TO THE PLANET.
  • 00:13:07.190 --> 00:13:09.270
  • - AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ALMOST 8 BILLION PEOPLE
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  • LIVING ON THE EARTH USING ITS NATURAL RESOURCES
  • 00:13:14.030 --> 00:13:16.130
  • AND CREATING POLLUTION.
  • 00:13:16.150 --> 00:13:19.050
  • THIS HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE SUSTAINABILITY
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  • OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE.
  • 00:13:21.130 --> 00:13:24.260
  • FOR EXAMPLE, A RECENT STUDY FROM THE WORLD
  • 00:13:24.280 --> 00:13:27.010
  • ECONOMIC FORUM NOTES THAT 9 MILLION TONS OF PLASTIC
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  • ENTER THE OCEANS EVERY YEAR, WHICH AMOUNTS TO
  • 00:13:29.290 --> 00:13:32.240
  • THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE GARBAGE TRUCKLOAD
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  • DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN EVERY MINUTE.
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  • THAT FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE BY 2030.
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  • WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE OUR WORLD A CLEANER
  • 00:13:41.100 --> 00:13:44.060
  • PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND ENJOY BY GETTING INVOLVED
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  • IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND MAKING SMALL CHANGES
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  • TO OUR DAILY ROUTINES.
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  • THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
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  • FOUNDATION'S PURPOSE IS TO SECURE A SAFER AND
  • 00:13:53.270 --> 00:13:56.070
  • HEALTHIER WORLD FOR OURSELVES, OUR CHILDREN
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  • AND FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
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  • TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP,
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  • GO TO THE WEBSITE BELOW.
  • 00:14:02.270 --> 00:14:07.140
  • [MUSIC]
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  • - ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY DOES NOT
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  • STOP WITH LOCALIZATION AND TRANSPORTATION.
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:20.220
  • FOR TIM AND MANY OTHERS, LIVING SUSTAINABLY MEANS
  • 00:14:20.240 --> 00:14:24.160
  • USING RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY AT HOME.
  • 00:14:24.180 --> 00:14:28.250
  • - MY FAITH LIFE HAS BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE.
  • 00:14:28.270 --> 00:14:30.190
  • PART OF THAT FAITH JOURNEY FOR ME LED TO AN
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:34.000
  • UNDERSTANDING ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS
  • 00:14:34.020 --> 00:14:36.260
  • AND MY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EARTH.
  • 00:14:36.280 --> 00:14:39.270
  • WHEN I STARTED COMING TO A REALIZATION, AN
  • 00:14:39.290 --> 00:14:42.220
  • EPIPHANY THAT MY ACTIONS WERE IMPACTING THE HEALTH
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:45.280
  • OF OTHER PEOPLE, I REALIZED I NEEDED
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  • TO MAKE SOME CHANGES.
  • 00:14:48.030 --> 00:14:49.230
  • WE BROUGHT IN THE UTILITY COMPANY TO DO AN ENERGY
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:52.070
  • AUDIT. WE BROUGHT IN AN ENGINEER, AN ARCHITECT,
  • 00:14:52.090 --> 00:14:55.110
  • AND THEY LOOKED AT OUR HOUSE AND THE PROBLEMS.
  • 00:14:55.130 --> 00:14:57.090
  • WE JUST WANTED TO PUT SOLAR PANELS ON.
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  • THAT WOULD SOLVE EVERYTHING.
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:01.130
  • BUT THEY SAT US DOWN AND THEY BROKE THE NEWS TO US.
  • 00:15:01.150 --> 00:15:04.010
  • WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY OR ENOUGH ROOF
  • 00:15:04.030 --> 00:15:06.120
  • SPACE TO PRODUCE ENOUGH SOLAR ENERGY FOR THE
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:10.040
  • AMOUNT OF ENERGY WE'RE WASTING.
  • 00:15:10.060 --> 00:15:12.060
  • SO THEY SAID TO US, YOU NEED TO QUIT WASTING
  • 00:15:12.080 --> 00:15:14.090
  • ELECTRICITY FIRST.
  • 00:15:14.110 --> 00:15:16.070
  • WE PUT IN COMPACT FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS.
  • 00:15:16.090 --> 00:15:18.110
  • THAT WAS EASY.
  • 00:15:18.130 --> 00:15:19.170
  • WE PUT IN AWNINGS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF OUR HOUSE.
  • 00:15:19.190 --> 00:15:22.100
  • WE PUT IN INSULATION IN THE HOUSE.
  • 00:15:22.120 --> 00:15:24.190
  • WE PUT IN ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES.
  • 00:15:24.210 --> 00:15:26.270
  • A LOT OF THINGS THAT WERE FAIRLY EASY THINGS TO DO
  • 00:15:26.290 --> 00:15:29.080
  • BUT IT TOOK TIME.
  • 00:15:29.100 --> 00:15:31.170
  • AND THEN WE STARTED FINDING WAYS TO REDUCE
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  • OUR AIR-CONDITIONING USE, BECAUSE ONCE WE STARTED
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:36.160
  • LOOKING AT OUR ELECTRICITY USE,
  • 00:15:36.180 --> 00:15:38.170
  • WE FOUND OUT THAT THE AIR-CONDITIONING WAS ONE
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:40.280
  • OF THE BIGGEST WASTERS.
  • 00:15:41.000 --> 00:15:43.020
  • AND SO IT WAS PROBABLY A FOUR YEAR PERIOD WE
  • 00:15:43.040 --> 00:15:45.270
  • REDUCED OUR ELECTRICITY USE BY 70 PERCENT.
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:50.200
  • AND THEN WE WENT BACK AND TALKED ABOUT SOLAR
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  • PANELS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO AFFORD SOLAR PANELS
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  • TO GET THE REST OF THAT DOWN.
  • 00:15:55.250 --> 00:15:58.120
  • NOW WE'RE NOT QUITE AT A HUNDRED PERCENT BUT
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:16:01.110
  • WE'RE REALLY CLOSE TO IT.
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:03.130
  • - MY FIRST HOUSE WAS A FIVE ROOM
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:05.230
  • TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY LAST CENTURY HOUSE,
  • 00:16:05.250 --> 00:16:07.290
  • AND IT WAS PRETTY LEAKY.
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:09.250
  • IT HAD A FAIRLY TYPICAL EFFICIENCY, FORCED AIR,
  • 00:16:09.270 --> 00:16:13.100
  • GAS FIRED FURNACE AND NO AIR-CONDITIONING.
  • 00:16:13.120 --> 00:16:16.150
  • I HAD ASTHMA THAT WAS LAYING ME OUT
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  • A DAY OR TWO AT A TIME.
  • 00:16:19.190 --> 00:16:22.130
  • I ENDED UP INSULATING THE ATTIC AND THEN
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:25.220
  • OUT-SULATING THE EXTERIOR WALL OF THE HOUSE BY
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:28.250
  • TAKING OFF THE ALUMINUM SIDING, TAKING OFF THE
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:31.110
  • WOODEN SIDING, PUTTING UP SIX INCHES OF STYROFOAM,
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:34.290
  • AND THEN PUTTING UP AN INCH OF PORTLAND CEMENT
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:37.080
  • SO IT LOOKED STUCCO IN THE END, AND IT WAS
  • 00:16:37.100 --> 00:16:40.100
  • ESSENTIALLY LIKE LIVING IN AN ICE CHEST AFTER
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:42.090
  • THAT EXCEPT FOR THE CAPITAL COST OF HAVING TO
  • 00:16:42.110 --> 00:16:44.260
  • BUY THE EQUIPMENT AND BUY THE MATERIALS AND HAVE
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:47.150
  • THE INSULATION PUT UP.
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:50.090
  • I BASICALLY IMPROVED MY PRODUCTIVITY WITH NEVER
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:53.130
  • NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TO WORK WITHOUT RAISING
  • 00:16:53.150 --> 00:16:56.080
  • MY OPERATIONAL COST.
  • 00:16:56.100 --> 00:16:58.090
  • MY UTILITY BILLS NEVER WENT OVER $39 DOLLARS A
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:17:01.170
  • MONTH ON AVERAGE FOR-- I WAS THERE FOR 14 MORE
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:04.270
  • YEARS, AND EVERY YEAR I WOULD TAKE MY TOTAL
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.010
  • UTILITY BILLS AND DIVIDE IT BY TWELVE AND IT NEVER
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:09.110
  • WENT OVER $39 DOLLARS. THAT AIN'T BAD.
  • 00:17:09.130 --> 00:17:12.220
  • - WE'RE ALSO GETTING OUR ENERGY FROM RENEWABLE
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:14.240
  • SOURCES THROUGH AN OUTFIT CALLED ARCADIA, WHERE
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:17.260
  • ANYBODY IN ANY STATE REALLY CAN CONTACT THEM,
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:21.080
  • AND REALLY EASILY FOR FREE YOU CAN GET HALF
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:24.010
  • OF YOUR ENERGY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES.
  • 00:17:24.030 --> 00:17:26.120
  • YOU SIGN UP AND THEY USE RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS, AND
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:28.200
  • YOU'RE BASICALLY FUNDING THINGS LIKE SOLAR FARMS,
  • 00:17:28.220 --> 00:17:31.230
  • SOLAR INSTALLATIONS ON ROOFS, WIND POWER,
  • 00:17:31.250 --> 00:17:34.230
  • THROUGH THE MONEY THAT YOU'RE PAYING YOUR ENERGY
  • 00:17:34.250 --> 00:17:37.060
  • BILL WITH, AND IN RETURN YOU GET GREEN POWER THROUGH
  • 00:17:37.080 --> 00:17:39.110
  • THEM. AND THEN FOR A MODERATE FEE YOU CAN
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:42.000
  • GO A HUNDRED PERCENT.
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:44.060
  • THE NICE THING IS IT ENABLES PEOPLE WHO LIVE
  • 00:17:44.080 --> 00:17:46.050
  • IN STATES THAT ARE NOT AS RECEPTIVE TO RENEWABLE
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:49.000
  • ENERGY OR THEY HAVEN'T INCENTIVIZED IT
  • 00:17:49.020 --> 00:17:51.000
  • THE SAME WAY TO STILL BE A PART OF THAT
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:54.000
  • SOLUTION AND STILL BE A PART OF
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:55.220
  • A SUSTAINABLE ELECTRICITY.
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:58.110
  • - REALLY, YOUR REFRIGERATOR, WASHING
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.070
  • MACHINE AND YOUR DISHWASHER ARE BIGGER
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:02.120
  • PLACES WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A BETTER DECISION, AND I
  • 00:18:02.140 --> 00:18:05.160
  • REALLY HAVE TO EMPHASIZE YOU'RE HELPING THE
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:08.070
  • ENVIRONMENT TO USE FEWER FOSSIL FUELS.
  • 00:18:08.090 --> 00:18:11.070
  • YOU ARE HELPING YOUR BUDGET BECAUSE EVEN IF
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.200
  • THESE THINGS COST MORE ON THE FRONT END, THEY'RE
  • 00:18:13.220 --> 00:18:16.200
  • GOING TO SAVE MONEY FOR YOU EVERY UTILITY BILL,
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:19.030
  • AND YOU IMPROVE YOUR COMFORT.
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:20.280
  • - BABY STEPS ARE SO IMPORTANT, INCREMENTAL CHANGE AND
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:24.110
  • FINDING WAYS TO REWARD YOURSELF.
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:26.260
  • FOR ME, IT'S JUST SIMPLY SEEING THE CHART GO DOWN,
  • 00:18:26.280 --> 00:18:30.080
  • MEASURING IT AND SEEING OH, LOOK, I DID IT, I DID IT.
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:32.200
  • WITH OUR ELECTRICITY USE, CHARTING THAT AND LOOKING
  • 00:18:32.220 --> 00:18:36.240
  • FOR THE LOW HANGING FRUIT.
  • 00:18:36.260 --> 00:18:38.180
  • THE LIGHT BULBS WERE EASY.
  • 00:18:38.200 --> 00:18:40.090
  • THE AWNINGS ON THE HOUSE WERE EASY.
  • 00:18:40.110 --> 00:18:42.170
  • ADDING INSULATION, ALL OF THOSE SAVED US MONEY,
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:46.000
  • ALSO, BUT THEN ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES.
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:50.050
  • IT WAS AIR-CONDITIONING THAT WE TACKLED LATER
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:53.180
  • BECAUSE THAT HAD THE IMPACT ON OUR COMFORT.
  • 00:18:53.200 --> 00:18:57.180
  • MY WIFE FOUND FOUR C's, FOR THINGS THAT START
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:19:01.110
  • WITH THE LETTER C, THAT WERE OBSTACLES, THAT MAKE
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:05.070
  • IT HARDER FOR US. COST WAS ONE, YOU KNOW.
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:07.200
  • SOLAR PANELS ARE EXPENSIVE.
  • 00:19:07.220 --> 00:19:09.100
  • IF WE GET A HYBRID CAR, IT MIGHT BE EXPENSIVE,
  • 00:19:09.120 --> 00:19:13.160
  • AND EVEN THE THINGS LIKE INSULATION.
  • 00:19:13.180 --> 00:19:16.290
  • EVEN THOUGH THEY PAY FOR THEMSELVES, IT'S A BIG
  • 00:19:17.010 --> 00:19:19.070
  • UP FRONT COST. THE SEND WAS CONVENIENCE.
  • 00:19:19.090 --> 00:19:22.210
  • CONVENIENCE IS AN OBSTACLE BECAUSE IF YOU
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:25.070
  • WANT TO GO SOMEWHERE, YOU WANT TO GO RIGHT NOW, AND
  • 00:19:25.090 --> 00:19:28.190
  • THE BUS DOESN'T COME RIGHT NOW.
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  • IT COMES IN 20 MINUTES.
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:32.000
  • SO THERE'S A CONVENIENCE FACTOR THERE.
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:33.240
  • - IT'S FINDING A MIDDLE GROUND WHERE WE CAN STILL
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:36.050
  • DO A LOT OF THESE THINGS, BUT NOT BE KIND OF
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:37.270
  • CONSTANTLY BERATING OURSELVES.
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:39.180
  • AND A LOT OF THE BEHAVIOR CHANGES THAT WE MADE JUST
  • 00:19:39.200 --> 00:19:42.190
  • REQUIRED A LITTLE MORE ADVANCED PLANNING.
  • 00:19:42.210 --> 00:19:44.220
  • HAVING TUPPERWARE HANDY, NOT MAKING AS MANY TRIPS
  • 00:19:44.240 --> 00:19:47.260
  • IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TO, OR COMBINING TRIPS, BIKING
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:50.050
  • MORE, WALKING MORE.
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:52.000
  • LIVING MORE LOCALLY SEEMS TO SOLVE A
  • 00:19:52.020 --> 00:19:53.210
  • LOT OF PROBLEMS.
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:55.150
  • - COMFORT IS ANOTHER ONE.
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:57.120
  • IN THE WINTER, WE WANTED TO BE WARM, AND IN
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:59.100
  • SUMMER, WE WANT TO BE COOL.
  • 00:19:59.120 --> 00:20:01.080
  • AND WE FOUND THAT YOUR BODY CAN ADJUST OVER TIME.
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:04.150
  • IF WE RESIST THAT IMPULSE TO TURN ON THE
  • 00:20:04.170 --> 00:20:07.170
  • AIR-CONDITIONING THAT FIRST WARM DAY, WE LET
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:10.010
  • OUR BODIES GET ACCUSTOMED TO IT.
  • 00:20:10.030 --> 00:20:11.230
  • WE REALIZE WE DON'T NEED THE AIR-CONDITIONING AS MUCH.
  • 00:20:11.250 --> 00:20:14.140
  • AND SO THAT COMFORT IS A BIG FACTOR.
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:17.100
  • AND THE LAST ONE IS CULTURE, THAT IT'S
  • 00:20:17.120 --> 00:20:19.170
  • COUNTER CULTURAL.
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:22.150
  • - LIVING SUSTAINABLY CAN MEAN BATTLING THE
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:24.090
  • CULTURAL NORM OF CONSUMERISM.
  • 00:20:24.110 --> 00:20:27.000
  • BY LEARNING TO REDUCE, REUSE, AND LASTLY
  • 00:20:27.020 --> 00:20:29.270
  • RECYCLE, WE CAN BENEFIT OUR PLANET.
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:34.220
  • IN FACT, WE MIGHT FIND THAT OUR LIVES BECOME
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:37.230
  • LESS ABOUT STUFF AND MORE ABOUT CONNECTING TO THE
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:40.080
  • EARTH AND EACH OTHER.
  • 00:20:40.100 --> 00:20:43.050
  • - WE HAVE SOME FRIENDS HERE IN TOWN, YOU KNOW,
  • 00:20:43.070 --> 00:20:45.090
  • THEY DON'T OWN ANY CARS.
  • 00:20:45.110 --> 00:20:47.020
  • THEY DON'T HAVE TV IN THEIR HOUSE.
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:49.020
  • THEY REALLY WALK THE WALK MORE THAN JUST ABOUT
  • 00:20:49.040 --> 00:20:52.120
  • ANYBODY I KNOW, CERTAINLY MORE THAN ME.
  • 00:20:52.140 --> 00:20:54.090
  • AND THEY'RE ALL ABOUT JUST HAVING FRIENDS OVER
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:58.070
  • FOR DINNER PARTIES, FOR GAME NIGHT.
  • 00:20:58.090 --> 00:21:00.170
  • WHEN ONE OF THEM HAS A BIRTHDAY, THEY ALL JUST
  • 00:21:00.190 --> 00:21:03.160
  • GO DO AN ACTIVITY TOGETHER OF THE THEY BIKE
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:05.080
  • TO WHATEVER ACTIVITY THAT IS, SKATING OR BOWLING
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:07.090
  • OR WHATEVER IT IS.
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:08.270
  • THEY'RE ALL ABOUT LESS STUFF, MORE FUN.
  • 00:21:08.290 --> 00:21:10.180
  • WE NEED THAT TO KIND OF PERCOLATE ALL THE WAY UP
  • 00:21:10.200 --> 00:21:13.040
  • TO THE HIGHEST REACHES OF GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:16.130
  • BECAUSE WE, AS A SPECIES, NEED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:20.100
  • REVERSE THE STREAM ON HOW WE'RE CURRENTLY LIVING
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:23.160
  • WHICH IS, AGAIN, TAKING NATURAL CAPITOL AND
  • 00:21:23.180 --> 00:21:27.010
  • TURNING IT INTO STUFF AND BURYING IT.
  • 00:21:27.030 --> 00:21:29.080
  • WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO REVERSE THAT PATH AND
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:31.280
  • ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO MAKE A LIVING, TAKING THE
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:35.050
  • STUFF THAT WE ALREADY HAVE AND USING IT TO
  • 00:21:35.070 --> 00:21:37.230
  • CREATE NATURAL CAPITOL AND TO HELP REBUILD
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:39.260
  • THE NATURAL WORLD.
  • 00:21:39.280 --> 00:21:41.170
  • - I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS MY GOAL TO RECYCLE A LOT.
  • 00:21:41.190 --> 00:21:43.200
  • BUT ACTUALLY, I'VE COME TO REALIZE RECYCLING IS
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:46.110
  • THE LAST RESORT.
  • 00:21:46.130 --> 00:21:48.230
  • REDUCING IS THE NUMBER ONE.
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:50.230
  • SO DON'T BUY IT IN THE FIRST PLACE.
  • 00:21:50.250 --> 00:21:53.050
  • AND THEN IF YOU'RE GOING BUY SOMETHING,
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:55.090
  • BUY SOMETHING THAT'S RE-USEABLE.
  • 00:21:55.110 --> 00:21:57.050
  • THAT MAKES MUCH MORE SENSE.
  • 00:21:57.070 --> 00:21:58.260
  • SOMEBODY FOR CHRISTMAS BOUGHT ME A SET OF
  • 00:21:58.280 --> 00:22:00.230
  • STRAWS, METAL STRAWS THAT I CAN REUSE.
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:03.070
  • SO IT'S PROBABLY BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE I'VE
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:05.200
  • USED A PLASTIC STRAW.
  • 00:22:05.220 --> 00:22:07.100
  • FOR CHRISTMAS, MY SISTER GAVE ME A SET OF UTENSILS
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:10.070
  • THAT I CAN CARRY WITH ME.
  • 00:22:10.090 --> 00:22:12.000
  • SO FORKS, KNIVES, SPOON, AND THAT WAY, I DON'T
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:15.130
  • HAVE TO USE DISPOSABLE FORKS, KNIVES AND SPOONS.
  • 00:22:15.150 --> 00:22:18.290
  • IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY SINGLE-USE ITEMS WE HAVE.
  • 00:22:19.010 --> 00:22:22.130
  • SO THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE THEY WENT THROUGH A
  • 00:22:22.150 --> 00:22:25.130
  • LOT OF ENERGY AND MATERIALS TO PRODUCE.
  • 00:22:25.150 --> 00:22:28.040
  • IT'S TYPICALLY PLASTIC.
  • 00:22:28.060 --> 00:22:31.020
  • YOU USE IT ONCE FOR LESS THAN 20 MINUTES, AND THEN
  • 00:22:31.040 --> 00:22:34.100
  • YOU THROW IT AWAY, AND IT LASTS FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
  • 00:22:34.120 --> 00:22:37.010
  • THE PRODUCTION OF RUBBER AND PLASTICS PUTS A LOT
  • 00:22:37.030 --> 00:22:39.180
  • OF TOXINS INTO THE AIR, AND THOSE TOXINS, MOST OF
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:43.050
  • THEM ARE CARCINOGENS AND INCREASE THE RISK OF
  • 00:22:43.070 --> 00:22:46.280
  • PEOPLE GETTING CANCER IN THAT AREA.
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:49.150
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I REALIZED THAT EVEN THOUGH
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:53.070
  • THAT PLASTIC MAY BE RECYCLED, THERE'S A HUMAN
  • 00:22:53.090 --> 00:22:56.210
  • HEALTH IMPACT OF JUST MANUFACTURING THAT.
  • 00:22:56.230 --> 00:22:59.260
  • AND SO IF WE COULD MOVE AWAY FROM PLASTICS, THEN
  • 00:22:59.280 --> 00:23:03.120
  • WE CAN MAKE PEOPLE'S LIVES MORE HEALTHY.
  • 00:23:03.140 --> 00:23:07.100
  • - IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO RECYCLE.
  • 00:23:07.120 --> 00:23:09.110
  • THE PHRASE IS REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE.
  • 00:23:09.130 --> 00:23:10.250
  • SO REDUCE IS FIRST.
  • 00:23:10.270 --> 00:23:12.290
  • WE NEED TO JUST BE BUYING LESS STUFF,
  • 00:23:13.010 --> 00:23:15.060
  • LESS PACKAGING.
  • 00:23:15.080 --> 00:23:16.260
  • AND THEN REUSE WHATEVER WE CAN BECAUSE THERE'S A
  • 00:23:16.280 --> 00:23:18.210
  • LOT OF STUFF THAT JUST ENDS UP IN
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:20.170
  • OUR CLOSET SOMEWHERE.
  • 00:23:20.190 --> 00:23:22.070
  • I CAN SPEAK FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:23:22.090 --> 00:23:23.180
  • I'M NOT PERFECT, AND WE DEFINITELY HAVE STUFF IN
  • 00:23:23.200 --> 00:23:25.200
  • OUR HOUSE THAT I WISH WE JUST HAD NEVER ACQUIRED
  • 00:23:25.220 --> 00:23:29.110
  • BUT HERE IT IS AND TAKING UP SPACE, AND IT KIND OF
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:31.190
  • TAKES UP MENTAL SPACE IN LIFE, TOO.
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:33.210
  • AND ULTIMATELY, IT'S GOING TO LIVE ITS LIFE
  • 00:23:33.230 --> 00:23:36.130
  • AND GET USED OR NOT, AND THEN END UP IN A LAND
  • 00:23:36.150 --> 00:23:38.180
  • FILL EVENTUALLY.
  • 00:23:38.200 --> 00:23:40.170
  • ULTIMATELY, THAT CAN'T REALLY BE WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT.
  • 00:23:40.190 --> 00:23:43.190
  • SO EXPERIENCE, AGAIN, THEY ALL KIND OF COME
  • 00:23:43.210 --> 00:23:47.010
  • BACK TO THE SAME THING, WHAT KIND OF LIVES DO WE
  • 00:23:47.030 --> 00:23:49.010
  • WANT TO LEAD?
  • 00:23:49.030 --> 00:23:50.220
  • - WE ALL HAVE TO AGREE TO DO THIS TOGETHER.
  • 00:23:50.240 --> 00:23:52.150
  • WE ALL HAVE TO STEP UP AND JUST MAKE A LITTLE
  • 00:23:52.170 --> 00:23:54.200
  • BIT OF A CHANGE.
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:56.090
  • WHEN I STARTED, I WASN'T THINKING I WAS GOING TO
  • 00:23:56.110 --> 00:23:57.290
  • MAKE A BIG IMPACT.
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:23:59.130
  • I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO MAKE A SMALL IMPACT.
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:01.020
  • I HAD NO IDEA.
  • 00:24:01.040 --> 00:24:02.230
  • IF YOU HAD TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE REDUCED MY
  • 00:24:02.250 --> 00:24:04.240
  • ENERGY USE BY 70%, I WOULDN'T HAVE BELIEVED YOU.
  • 00:24:04.260 --> 00:24:07.050
  • IF YOU TOLD ME I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN RID OF MY
  • 00:24:07.070 --> 00:24:09.020
  • CAR, I WOULDN'T HAVE BELIEVED YOU.
  • 00:24:09.040 --> 00:24:10.270
  • I WASN'T INTENDING -- I WAS JUST INTENDING TO
  • 00:24:10.290 --> 00:24:12.270
  • MAKE A SMALL IMPACT.
  • 00:24:12.290 --> 00:24:14.170
  • AND WHEN YOU ADD IT ALL UP, SMALL IMPACTS DO
  • 00:24:14.190 --> 00:24:18.020
  • COMBINE AND MAKE A BIG IMPACT.
  • 00:24:18.040 --> 00:24:20.200
  • - FRANKLY, IF YOU CAN EVANGELIZE ONE GROUP OF
  • 00:24:20.220 --> 00:24:22.210
  • PEOPLE, THEY WILL GO OUT AND EVANGELIZE OTHERS.
  • 00:24:22.230 --> 00:24:25.210
  • AND YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO USE YOUR
  • 00:24:25.230 --> 00:24:28.010
  • WORDS, IN SOME CASES.
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:29.240
  • I HAVE FOUND THAT JUST DOING IT IN FRONT OF
  • 00:24:29.260 --> 00:24:31.210
  • OTHERS, PEOPLE NOTICE IT, AND THEY START TO EMULATE
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:34.070
  • BECAUSE THEY CARE, AND THEY NEED SOMEBODY
  • 00:24:34.090 --> 00:24:37.210
  • TO SHOW THEM HOW.
  • 00:24:37.230 --> 00:24:39.120
  • - WE WERE THE SECOND CUSTOMERS IN THE
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:41.200
  • LOUISVILLE GAS AND ELECTRIC SERVICE AREA TO
  • 00:24:41.220 --> 00:24:43.260
  • PUT ON SOLAR PANELS.
  • 00:24:43.280 --> 00:24:46.040
  • VERY FEW PEOPLE HAD DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS.
  • 00:24:46.060 --> 00:24:48.220
  • NOW THERE'S OVER 400 HOUSEHOLDS THAT DO THAT,
  • 00:24:48.240 --> 00:24:51.270
  • AND IT'S GOT THE UTILITIES' INTEREST.
  • 00:24:51.290 --> 00:24:55.030
  • IT'S LIKE, OH, NO, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
  • 00:24:55.050 --> 00:24:58.140
  • INTERESTED IN THIS. MAYBE WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING.
  • 00:24:58.160 --> 00:25:00.220
  • SO AS A RESULT, THEY PUT IN A TEN MEGAWATT SOLAR ARRAY.
  • 00:25:00.240 --> 00:25:04.280
  • THEY'VE CREATED A PROGRAM WHERE YOU CAN RENT SOLAR
  • 00:25:05.000 --> 00:25:08.230
  • PANELS, AND THEY'VE CREATED A COMMUNITY SOLAR
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:10.270
  • PROJECT ALL BECAUSE SO MANY CUSTOMERS ALREADY
  • 00:25:10.290 --> 00:25:14.180
  • STARTED WANTING THIS; NOT THE MAJORITY, BUT STILL
  • 00:25:14.200 --> 00:25:18.010
  • 400 IS NOT THAT MANY IN TERMS OF A PERCENTAGE,
  • 00:25:18.030 --> 00:25:21.270
  • BUT 400 WAS ENOUGH TO GET THEIR ATTENTION AND CAUSE
  • 00:25:21.290 --> 00:25:25.000
  • SYSTEMIC CHANGE, AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK
  • 00:25:25.020 --> 00:25:28.250
  • PEOPLE DISCOUNT, THAT THEIR ACTIONS END UP
  • 00:25:28.270 --> 00:25:32.030
  • HAVING IMPACT ON OTHER PEOPLE, BUT ALSO ON SYSTEMS.
  • 00:25:32.050 --> 00:25:36.000
  • AND SO IT'S KIND OF A SNOWBALL EFFECT.
  • 00:25:36.020 --> 00:25:41.010
  • WHEN YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE DOING SOMETHING AND
  • 00:25:41.030 --> 00:25:44.080
  • MAKING A CHANGE, IT HAS AN IMPACT ON OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:25:44.100 --> 00:25:47.070
  • - RETOOLING OUR LIFE TO GIVE OURSELVES EVERY
  • 00:25:47.090 --> 00:25:52.130
  • ADVANTAGE TO LIVING A LIFE THAT'S CONSISTENT
  • 00:25:52.150 --> 00:25:55.070
  • WITH OUR VALUES.
  • 00:25:55.090 --> 00:25:57.170
  • THAT'S THE HUMAN QUEST FOR ALL OF US.
  • 00:25:57.190 --> 00:26:00.120
  • - MAKING SMALL STEP-BY-STEP CHANGES IN
  • 00:26:00.140 --> 00:26:04.110
  • THE WAY WE LIVE ISN'T JUST GOOD FOR THE PLANET.
  • 00:26:04.130 --> 00:26:07.060
  • IT WILL ALSO RESULT IN US LEADING HEALTHIER,
  • 00:26:07.080 --> 00:26:09.240
  • HAPPIER LIVES, AND THAT'S A BIG DEAL BECAUSE WE
  • 00:26:09.260 --> 00:26:12.210
  • LIVE IN AN AGE IN WHICH NO ONE CAN AFFORD TO
  • 00:26:12.230 --> 00:26:15.210
  • IGNORE THEIR PERSONAL IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT.
  • 00:26:15.230 --> 00:26:19.230
  • ULTIMATELY, OUR ACTIONS DO INFLUENCE AND AFFECT
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:22.230
  • OTHERS AND IMPACT THE PLANET OUR CHILDREN
  • 00:26:22.250 --> 00:26:25.010
  • WILL INHERIT FROM US.
  • 00:26:25.030 --> 00:26:27.120
  • SO WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES ARE WE
  • 00:26:27.140 --> 00:26:30.020
  • ENDANGERING THEIR LIVES TOMORROW FOR OUR
  • 00:26:30.040 --> 00:26:32.190
  • CONVENIENCE TODAY?
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:35.170
  • - EVERYBODY HAS SOMEBODY OR SOMEPLACE, SOMEPLACE
  • 00:26:35.190 --> 00:26:38.120
  • THAT THEY LOVE THAT MEANS SOMETHING TO THEM.
  • 00:26:38.140 --> 00:26:41.100
  • I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO
  • 00:26:41.120 --> 00:26:43.240
  • THINK ABOUT DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE THAT A BETTER
  • 00:26:43.260 --> 00:26:46.190
  • PLACE FOR THAT PERSON, OR DO YOU JUST WANT TO LEAVE
  • 00:26:46.210 --> 00:26:49.050
  • THAT PLACE A BETTER PLACE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION?
  • 00:26:49.070 --> 00:26:52.060
  • - THERE IS CLEARLY A RIPPLE EFFECT ON THIS.
  • 00:26:52.080 --> 00:26:54.180
  • SO IF YOU THINK THAT YOUR ACTIONS DON'T IMPACT
  • 00:26:54.200 --> 00:26:57.230
  • OTHERS, THAT YOU'RE WORKING IN A VACUUM,
  • 00:26:57.250 --> 00:26:59.280
  • THAT'S NOT THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS.
  • 00:27:00.020 --> 00:27:01.220
  • WE'RE ALL CONNECTED.
  • 00:27:01.240 --> 00:27:03.110
  • WE'RE ALL WATCHING EACH OTHER.
  • 00:27:03.130 --> 00:27:05.040
  • WE ALL INFLUENCE EACH OTHER, AND THAT CAN GO
  • 00:27:05.060 --> 00:27:07.230
  • INTO THE NEGATIVE DIRECTION OR IN THE POSITIVE.
  • 00:27:07.250 --> 00:27:09.220
  • SO YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE A CHOICE OF WHETHER YOUR
  • 00:27:09.240 --> 00:27:12.280
  • ACTIONS IMPACT THE WORLD.
  • 00:27:13.000 --> 00:27:15.010
  • THEY IMPACT THE WORLD.
  • 00:27:15.030 --> 00:27:17.040
  • THE QUESTION IS IS IT GOING TO BE A POSITIVE
  • 00:27:17.060 --> 00:27:18.140
  • OR A NEGATIVE?
  • 00:27:18.160 --> 00:27:20.000
  • TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS...
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