Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth was a significant kick in the rump to get my act together and commit to being part of the solution. My wife and I sold the car, switched to shopping at farmers markets, bought and started using a sun oven (in the summer), expanded the garden, composted everything we could get away with, committed to working toward zero waste in our home and started trying to dialogue with those who haven't heard the news.
We are past Peak Oil. Planetary oil production is now in terminal decline. Without energy growth the world as we have known it will change. Our oil based activities must be scaled down in a controlled fashion or they will be shut down for us harshly by the forces of nature. If the frightening implications of global warming did not stir you, this will do it.
I'm a member of Voters Taking Action on Climate Change (VTACC), a local citizens group lobbying the BC government to take action on climate change. The organization has successfully lobbied to stop the coal plants and is now campaigning for a carbon tax.
I believe phasing in a carbon tax will give people both a monetary
incentive and the time to change their lifestyle. With the
foreknowledge that carbon-intensive activities will continue to become
more expensive, businesses and individuals will become adequately
motivated to make greener choices.
Sorry folks. Bad news on the Horizon. Circumstance may be about to shave a couple of billion people off of the global population figures. When considering change, we have to factor in several scenarios. We have to prepare for "the big 3" - the potential US dollar collapse, peak oil and climate change; what activists and academics call "The Perfect Economic Storm."