GreenBetween – Why? What? …
GreenBetween could easily be the most significant action against global warming you take in your lifetime. The vast majority of experts tell us we are facing severe and worsening global warming with severe and worsening negative impacts, and that we must reduce our carbon footprint if we have any chance of slowing and reversing global warming. The sustainable carbon footprint is about zero tons/person/year (would not cause global warming), while the global average is 4.5 (enough above sustainable to cause the severe and worsening global warming we are seeing), and the average for some countries is disastrously greater than the 4.5 global average (is your carbon footprint disastrously greater than the 4.5 global average?). The energy you use for heating and cooling the indoor space you occupy is very often a major contributor to your carbon footprint, meaning you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by using less energy for heating and cooling. Commit to being a member of the movement known as, depending on your choice, “GreenBetween”, “GreenBetween 13C to 30C”, “GreenBetween 55F to 85F”, or “GreenBetween 13C/55F to 30C/85F”. What does that mean? Commit to no heating or cooling of your indoor space if that space is between 13°C to 30°C (55°F to 85°F). Commit to tenaciously promoting GreenBetween to others. By going GreenBetween I reduced the heating carbon footprint by about 5 tonnes per year for a one-story house, and by about 8 tonnes per year for a two-story house. Neither house had air conditioning.
The Big Picture – “Less” Now, “More” Later
GreenBetween is a major element of the big picture of short term solutions – the “Less” lifestyle – to “immediately” minimize carbon footprint while we develop and implement the long term green solutions to permanently minimize carbon footprint. “Immediate” carbon footprint reduction is essential to reduce the risk of near term positive feedback cycles that could carry the planet beyond the global warming disaster point-of-no-return.
About half of humankind is responsible for about 90% of humankind’s disastrous footprint. We have our “sacred” high-carbon-footprint lifestyles – lifestyles that risk in the near term carrying the planet beyond the global warming disaster point-of-no-return – lifestyles that are “on display” for disastrous near term adoption by the about half of humankind that is emerging from poverty.
Fully responsible global citizens will “immediately” end their high-carbon-footprint lifestyles – will adopt the “Less” lifestyle – less heating and less air-conditioning (GreenBetween), less driving, less flying, less meat eating, less procreation. Unfortunately, about half of humankind is not being fully responsible – not at the personal level, not at the private organizational level, and not at the governmental organizational level. Generally speaking, at all levels they are living a high-carbon-footprint lifestyle. With respect to their carbon footprint, they are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. Let’s commit to immediately ending our high-carbon-footprint lifestyle – to being the fully responsible global citizens we want to be – to actively encouraging others to end their high-carbon-footprint lifestyles, because we know from personal experience that one typically needs help accepting that immediately ending one’s high-carbon-footprint lifestyle is essential for saving the planet. We can look forward to a future when sufficient development of green energy infrastructure and the technology to utilize that infrastructure will allow resumption of the “More” lifestyle. But for now, fully responsible is the “Less” lifestyle.
“More” Now Means Failure
We are not going to get promptly to the sustainable carbon footprint of about zero tons/person/year:
- If folks continue to produce 5 to 10 tons of CO2 each year by heating their homes above the GreenBetween limit of 55°F.
- If folks continue to produce about 4 tons of CO2 each year by driving about 12,000 miles at 25 miles per gallon.
- If folks continue to produce about 1 ton of CO2 each year by flying about 5000 miles.
- If folks continue to produce about 1 ton of CO2 each year by eating one serving of beef each day.
GreenBetween – A New Global Standard
“Heat and cool to 20C/70F” was a reasonable global “standard” in years past before “global warming” and “carbon footprint” had entered our vocabulary. Given the current global carbon footprint crisis, “GreenBetween 13C/55F and 30C/85F” should be the new global “standard” that humankind now desperately needs. Don’t heat above 13°C/55°F. Don’t cool below 30°C/85°F.
GreenBetween – Do it! Promote It!
First – go GreenBetween yourself. Second – and this is extremely important – tenaciously promote GreenBetween to others until you find everyone following GreenBetween as the new global “standard”.
GreenBetween – Count Yourself In. (later – not yet implemented)
Has your household or organization (government, business, school, church…) gone GreenBetween or better?
GreenBetween – Even If You Don’t Think We Face a Global Warming Crisis.
If you don’t think humankind’s carbon footprint is causing a global warming crisis, there is still a good reason for you to go GreenBetween. The vast majority of climate scientists think humankind’s carbon footprint is causing a global warming crisis. Even though you don’t agree with these scientists, you’ll have to admit there is at least some small probability that these scientists are correct and you are wrong. Just as you carry insurance to cover the risk of the highly unlikely event that your house burns down, go GreenBetween to cover the risk of the highly unlikely (in your opinion) fact that humankind’s carbon footprint is causing a global warming crisis.
GreenBetween – A Very Significant Opportunity
GreenBetween is our opportunity to significantly combat global warming. Compared to “Heat and Cool to 20C/70F”, “GreenBetween 13C/55F and 30C/85F” is roughly estimated to reduce our residential/commercial heating and air conditioning carbon footprint by 75% and our total carbon footprint by 15%. GreenBetween could easily be the most significant action against global warming you take in your lifetime. Going GreenBetween in a Csb (Mediterranean warm/cool summers) climate I reduced the heating carbon footprint by about 5 tonnes per year (7 tonnes went to 2 tonnes) for a one-story house (6 rooms, 4 double-paned windows, 17 single-paned windows, un-insulated walls, insulated attic, oil heating), and by about 8 tonnes per year (10 tonnes went to 2 tonnes) for a two-story house (14 rooms, 52 double-paned windows, insulated walls, insulated attic, electric resistance heating). Neither house had air conditioning.
GreenBetween – Doing Your Fair Share?
Are you living the lifestyle associated with a country with a higher-than-average carbon-dioxide emissions-per-capita (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions_per_capita – the global average is about 4 tons/capita)? If so, you are most likely not doing your fair share to reduce your carbon footprint, and going GreenBetween is likely one of the things you must do to do your fair share. Go GreenBetween and tenaciously encourage others to do the same.
GreenBetween – It’s Easy.
GreenBetween is an “easy” way to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Dress warmer or dress cooler to accommodate the wider temperature range as we otherwise go about our life as normal. Dress in layers if we are going to have to accommodate a wide range of temperatures during our day. We’ll have a hard time finding a carbon-footprint-minimizing change that we can make that is as easy and as significant as GreenBetween.
GreenBetween – Less Comfortable but Essential
The vast majority of us readily admit that GreenBetweeen is less comfortable than “Heat and Cool to 20C/70F”. However, going GreenBetween is essential for success in the battle against global warming. Being a bit less comfortable is a small price to pay for significant success in the battle against global warming.
GreenBetween – Not an Extreme Lifestyle.
At first thought, committing to GreenBetween might seem like a very extreme commitment. Instead, think of it as merely moving closer to the carbon-footprint-minimizing lifestyle that much of humankind already follows or has followed in the past.
GreenBetween – You Are … Not Yet? A Good Citizen? A Super-Hero?
Where do you stand with respect to GreenBetween?
You say you have not yet embraced the urgent need to minimize your carbon footprint. Admittedly, coming to realize the necessity of this change can be a major challenge that shakes to the core basic concepts you have developed over your entire lifetime – concepts that made so much sense in a world that didn’t even include “global warming” and “carbon footprint” as part of the vocabulary. But while you were busily living your life, “global warming” and “carbon footprint” have not only entered your vocabulary, but have emerged as a crisis facing you and your planet. Please, make a concentrated effort to comprehend this crisis and the changes you will need to make in your long-established lifestyle to shoulder your fair share of dealing with this crisis. If you are still living a high-carbon-footprint heating-and-cooling lifestyle, such as “Heat and Cool to 20C/70F”, embrace the change to GreenBetween to significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
You say you have embraced the urgent need to minimize your carbon footprint, have gone GreenBetween yourself, and actively promote GreenBetween to others. You say you have lived your entire life committed to being a good citizen, and see individual actions to minimize your carbon footprint as being an evolution of what it takes to be a good citizen as “global warming” and “carbon footprint” have entered our vocabulary. Well done, Good Citizen! The planet and all those on it owe you a debt of gratitude! (Consider moving up to Super-Hero status by doing even less heating and cooling.)
You say you do less heating and cooling than covered by GreenBetween. You are a Super-Hero! The planet and all those on it owe you a super debt of gratitude! This planet needs all the help it can get minimizing carbon footprint. Hopefully you will continue to be a Super-Hero. If for whatever reason you decide to start doing more heating or cooling, hopefully you will not heat or cool beyond GreenBetween. A high-carbon-footprint heating-and-cooling lifestyle, such as “Heat and Cool to 20C/70F” is no longer appropriate. Don’t go there!
GreenBetween – A Source of Funds for More Green
Going GreenBetween will significantly reduce your heating and air-conditioning costs, providing funds you could use for more green. Possibilities might include double-paned or triple-paned windows, insulation for walls or attic, a heat pump for building heating, a heat pump for water heating, electric rather than gas household appliances, a roof-top solar panel system, a battery storage system for your roof-top solar panel system, electric or hydrogen vehicles, bicycles for some very green transportation, higher electricity rates associated with replacing non-green electricity sources, and price increases associated with replacing non-green industrial, factory, construction, and service processes. Or, you might have some “fun” or “necessity” plans for those GreenBetween funds. Choose from your possibilities, but don’t needlessly use those GreenBetween funds for carbon-footprint-intensive activities, for example don’t use them for needless air travel until we achieve the technology advances needed for green air travel.