Adventures in Carbon Neutrality & Beyond

Your personal choices can help improve Earth’s environment, as well as improve your own life at the same time.
It all started with one of these, which has saved us thousands of dollars and helped reduce our energy use.
The glorious Kia Soul EV 2016, charging from normal house current in our garage, no special charger needed.
Making some veggie chili in the afternoon sun with one of our solar ovens.

An aside on solar cooking

The changes we made

  1. Installed solar panels, reducing our use of electricity from fossil fuels to zero for our home.
  2. Got a lease on an electric car (only $214/month), and began charging the car from the solar panels, reducing our use of fossil fuels for personal use of a car to zero.
  3. Adopted a flexitarian, primarily locavore diet. (Locavore is usually defined as a diet of food produced within 100 miles of where you live.)
  4. Made sure we had fun with each change we made.
  5. Bought carbon offsets in the form of tree plantings around the world, but always as presents to relatives, friends and associates, and always encouraging each recipient of the tree plantings to “pay it forward.”
High-tech clothes drying in progress, using something called the Sun.

Send carbon offsets as presents

  1. Earth has lost a trillion trees since the dawn of human “civilization.” Fully 20% of climate change is due to deforestation. We need to restore the Earth to its previous aboreal splendor, with all its benefits.
  2. Trees provide many other ecological benefits, and serve as the pillars of a an entire web of nature on which the health of the entire planet depends.
  3. Tree plantings lend themselves to sharing, in the form of certificates that can be “gifted” to people in your life, thus spreading a positive message and personal inspiration in addition to all the benefits provided by the trees themselves.
Along the way we replanted our property with all native plants, with wonderful results.

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I am an author and inventor. My first book was about people’s relationship with their possessions and how possessions change us, for better and for worse.

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Firinn Taisdeal

Firinn Taisdeal

I am an author and inventor. My first book was about people’s relationship with their possessions and how possessions change us, for better and for worse.

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