Winding Up, Winding Down

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We're in the home stretch: there's a week to go before the big holiday, and the big chunk of time away from work and with friends and family. For us, the holidays are a time of reflection, and our upcoming travel schedule (California-Chicago-Oregon-California-Denmark-California) is revealing. Ever since taking using one of those online carbon calculators, we've known just how much more carbon plane travel creates. But when it boils down to seeing mom, who wants to give up a trip?

We like having connections around the world: it's one way to create a shared understanding of the problems, like global warming, that we must face. But all this travel brings to mind just how important the little things are... like energy efficiency at home.

Carbon is carbon, and we're all going to make a contribution one way or another: it is, after all, in the air we breathe out, and our cars, trains, buildings, and the products we buy nearly all owe their existence to carbon produced somewhere in the world.

So, we're thinking, if we're going to pollute, we're going to pollute strategically. Pile on the air travel, but cut way, way back on driving; weatherstrip doors and windows at home and turn down the thermostat; switch to wind energy from the electric utility.

We'll leave you with one last thought in this final frenzied week before Christmas: fill your home with friends and laughter this holiday season, and remember that we are all going to make huge changes in the world together.

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