After spending a considerable amount of time browsing the Internet, reading magazines and researching “green” initiatives, I am convinced that most people are aware of measures they can take to promote a greener life. I also believe that most people do some things, either voluntarily or as a result of demands made by employers, neighborhood associations or government mandates that impose taxes or even penalties for failure to comply with environmental regulations. However, I have noticed some extreme practices or procedures that are being investigated through experiments now but may become a reality.
- Some scientists have proposed putting a ring of sunlight-scattering particles around the equator to reduce the radiation effects of the sun hitting the planet and thereby reducing greenhouse gas effects. This idea would be tried in the most extreme circumstances and would cost trillions of dollars.
- Other research has focused on the ocean and includes the manipulation of plankton growth through fertilization to create larger growth to suck up excess carbon dioxide or even “stirring” up the ocean with large pipes to bring rich nutrients to the surface to feed and produce huge algae blooms that would in turn suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and bury it on the ocean floor.
- Some local jurisdictions, such as the city of Los Angeles, have worms in bins in eating areas. The worms eat discarded food particles and turn them into compost that is used in gardens. Imagine worms becoming a kitchen staple.
- Researchers have consistently emphasized the impact of changing our diets and exercise regimens. Statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization indicate that the meat industry is responsible for 18% of global greenhouse emissions through the use of fertilizer, animal manure, energy used to transport food. If all Americans between 10 and 74 walked a half hour a day, carbon emissions in the U.S. would be reduced by 64 tons. Eating less red meat also would help.
- Most jurisdictions are looking towards banning the use of plastic bags and incandescent light bulbs. We all are becoming accustomed to the transition to fluorescent light bulbs. Also the use of paper bags or reusable cloth bags is gaining momentum in most communities.