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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2006 10:00 pm

I just got home from seeing Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth."

I can't say that I enjoyed it but it sure opened my eyes, and I consider myself to already be "enlightened" about global warming.

When you see "then" and "now" photos of glaciers in various places in the world you have to realize how "global warming" is affecting, or going to affect, all of life on earth.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, global warming has become the catch phrase, even though overall that is what's happening. A better description might be weather disruption as some places receive much more rain than usual and others receive much less, hurricanes and tornadoes become more violent and prevalent, and people and animals suffer the effects of all of it.

This is not the result of regular weather cycles, folks.

So, what can we do?

You can check out http://www.climatecrisis.net for one thing. There you can find specific ways to lessen your impact on the earth.

The ancient Chinese saying of Lao-tzu, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," or the story of the little girl at the beach throwing star fish back into the ocean (you can't throw them all back, but it makes a difference to the ones you do) apply here.

If we all do a little bit, we'll make a difference. If everyone in the U.S. replaced just three incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs, we'd reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 23 million tons, reduce electricity demand equivalent to 11 coal-fired power stations, and save $1.8 billion!

My friends have just purchased a Toyota Prius and they gave me a ride in it from the theater to my truck. All I can say is, wow! I am so impressed that if I had the money I'd run right out and buy one myself!

In the meantime, I am going to continue being a cheerleader for straw bale houses (or, if you prefer, super-insulated houses).

The recent heat wave of over 100-degree weather, not to mention a neighbor's window-shaking car music, sure made me wish I had one already. Straw bale houses cost less to heat and cool and are more quiet due to the thickness of the walls.

Call me a tree-hugger if you will. I'll be happy sitting in the shade of my tree on those over 100 degree days while you're sitting out in the sun, wondering why you're so hot.

It's not too late to start hugging your own tree.

Betsy Fiske

Lodi

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