Cold weather a reminder to be climate conscious

Our recent super-cold spell reminds us of the need to thwart climate change, even if it isn’t as frightening as floods, hurricanes or wild fires.

We should turn off items when not in use, like lights, appliances and TVs. Eat as low on the food chain as you comfortably can.  Recent estimates are that raising animals for human food causes 15 percent of global greenhouse gases. Don’t waste food, some estimates say Americans waste half the food they buy. Raise as much of your own food as you conveniently can. Shipping food causes climate change while raising the price of the food and making it less fresh.

Do not allow any power machinery to be used in your garden or yard. Install solar panels. We should be using far more solar and wind power than we do.

Cars should not idle for more than 30 seconds. More than that shortens the life of the engine, along with causing climate change. When you buy a car, consider its gas mileage; it will save you money to get high fuel mileage. Consider buying an electric or hybrid car.

In warmer weather get a professional analysis on how you can make your house more airtight. This will have comfort advantages in cold weather and economic advantages that will eventually offset the investment in a less energy-using home.

Support government to preserve the environment, install solar and wind generators on public property, and avoid needless generation of greenhouse gases. We must support the EPA, not cut it. Our president’s claim that the cold spell contradicts climate change merely shows how out of touch he is with science. People who deny climate change live very sheltered lives.

Pat Kenschaft



Heroes in the storm

Thursday, Jan.4, impossible weather, temperatures in the teens, all flights canceled and business grinds to a halt. My luggage and boarding pass sit forlornly in the hallway. I will not be presenting for my Kansas conference that day. No options, no movement, no progress.

I look out my front door to near white-out conditions and what do I make out? The refuse collectors swinging along, tossing the contents of my bin into the truck without missing a beat. Biting wind in the eyes? Frozen fingertips? Ha, it’s nothing to them. They are our superheroes.  I run out the door in my bathrobe and yell, “I love you!”  Bless them, they are our superheroes.

Elaine Bromka