Ongoing discussions about sustainability and the need to be more eco-conscious often describe the problem at large without really giving solutions that most of us can implement on a day-to-day basis. It often leaves the person on the other side of the discussion feeling helpless and puts him/her into a state of paralysis analysis. In such cases, a bottom-up approach might work more effectively compared to a top-down one.
Rather than tell someone who’s willing to listen how we need to reduce our CO2 emissions by 80%, wouldn’t it maybe be better to start off by educating them about simple steps that each one of us could implement towards reaching that goal? For example, the simple act of changing our normal bulbs to more efficient CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs) could end up reducing the energy consumption by 76%.
Sure, just changing our light bulbs isn’t going to solve all the problems, but at least it’s a start. In our quest for radical changes and big steps, we often forget that a series of small steps can often be just as effective, if not more. And before you go about dismissing the idea, if all the light bulbs in the US were changed, $600 million could be saved annually in energy costs – enough to power 3 million US homes for a year.