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Straws and SUVS

Straws and SUVS

A speaker at an energy related event in São Paulo (Brazil) cited the need to replace plastic straws with a greener alternative. Of course, to reduce emissions and pollution.

At the end of the event this speaker and I were waiting for our cars. Mine is a compact. The speaker's a big SUV,

The weight difference between our cars is about 1 000 pounds. It amounts, in round numbers, to 250,000 plastic straws. That's right: 1/4 million.

The message is simple. It makes sense deciding on our own emissions. Choosing small cars, favoring public transportation or even using apps. If each one makes this commitment we will collectively and significantly reduce emissions.

Speech and action aligned!

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Matt Chester on Aug 12, 2019 12:22 pm GMT

Speech and action aligned would be idea, but I would argue that your example shows how relying on people to right the personal action won't result in the widespread change we need. If, however, that SUV were required to be a certain high efficiency model or if the carbon being created by it was being taxed, perhaps he would have chosen a different vehicle. 

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