While Covid unfortunately continues to spread through the world, our new leaders are also combating climate change. President Biden focused on his campaign promises, including stopping oil drilling on public lands and halting production of the Keystone pipeline. Some advocate for the pipeline – arguing that it will create jobs – but it’s important to realize that those are short-term employment opportunities. Focusing on building greener infrastructures and technologies will pay-off for these same workers in the long run. “Former Secretary of State John Kerry, now Biden’s climate envoy, said oil, gas and coal workers “have been fed a false narrative″ that ”somehow, dealing with climate is coming at their expense. No, it’s not. What’s happening to them is happening because of other market forces already taking place. Instead of possible black lung disease, a miner would have a brighter future as a solar power technician, Kerry said. “The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice.″ (source) What else happened this week? Let’s take a look.
GM announced huge plans to only produce zero-emission cars by 2035. How is this possible? Biden realizes that the government needs to support these goals by providing the necessary nationwade infrastructure. Think charging stations all over the country, much akin to the gas stations we see today. I’m very excited about this news and aim to have our next car be partially, if not fully, electric.
Let’s move on to food. Growing up, my mother kept perishables in the fridge past their deadline. I thought it was a little gross – the date says yesterday!! – but maybe she was right. Must we be so rigid? What if it smells fine? How can we better decrease our food waste? Buying locally also increases an item’s shelf life. If you speak to any NH farmer, they will you tell you their eggs will last a long time if stored properly. So will local apples, potatoes, carrots etc.
What about other trash? Less-waste living is becoming more mainstream! The pandemic has ironically been helpful in exploring these new habits. ““Around here it’s very much a Walmart culture where everything is right there in one store,” Jeffrey said. “And so I’m trying to tell [customers] that you’ve got to rework your thinking. It’s going to save you money, it’s going to save your health, it’s going to save the environment. And people are starting to understand that.”
Before we turn to our weekly recap, a few more pieces of Biden’s climate moves: Five Things in Biden’s Climate Day Orders That Flew Under the Radar
And now here’s a recap of other topics Hannah and I discussed this week on GreenLifeNH!
- How Do You Buy Your Clothes?
- Only YOU can save New Hampshire’s forests
- What is Greenwashing?
- Portsmouth Bans Single-Use Plastics
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