Well, this morning there is breaking news that oil production is not keeping up with the demand for oil…this is a surprise to people; just now? Come on…with the price of gasoline rising every week…how could they miss something this big? Most of us commononers have it figured out already. We need it…they have it…we pay for it…they profit from it…Simple right? Well, not so much…you see we don’t have to be as dependent on foreign oil as we have been. Smart people are looking at ways of altering their lifestyle to save money and make greener choices in their energy usuage.
I say, smart people are trying to take back some control in their lives. Everyone is trying to figure out, in their own way, what choices in their day- to- day activities they can make, that will cut down on their usage of gasoline and oil. For some, it isn’t just about saving money…although that too is important…it is understanding that the plentiful supply of oil is not always going to be there. We need to figure out alternative ways of heating our homes and businesses; as well as, getting around where we need to go.
I saw a newspiece the other day on television about how many more people are taking advantage of public transportation; regardless of their financial status. It seems that the subway systems in some cities are overflowing with riders, busses are experiencing an increase as well. Around the world where people have the option of using ferries, trolleys or railways, we are seeing more people access public transportation in numbers large enough to measure. This is good, people are making smarter choices.
Some great minds are working on designing alternative ways of producing and using solar energy, steam powered products, water powered generators, geo-thermal systems, wind powered generators…we need to look at all of these renewable sources in a serious way. It is important to encourage people to make small sacrifices now to prevent huge sacrifices later. Educating others about the dangers of being so dependent on oil as our only source of energy is very important.
Some celebrities are wise about leading the call to understanding the importance of changing our ways. Brad Pitt is into architecture and design and can influence greener choices in his building projects; Leonardo DiCaprio is not only a strong voice; but, is active in his desire to educate others about the importance of respecting our earth, and it’s resources. There are other celebrities who are encouraging hybrid cars as a way to make a difference. Being an environmental activist is something we should all take on like Leonardo DiCaprio; here is his website to help educate others to the idea of protecting our environment. www.leonardodicaprio.org/
Back to the breaking news part of things…today it was announced by Saudi King Abdullah that his country is increasing oil production. The Saudi’s are going to put out 9.7 million barrels of oil a day instead of the past 9 million barrels. That is good and maybe it will help with the high prices a bit.
Higher production is good and may help temporarily…but again, realizing that we do have choices that can also make an impact on our finances and on our planet is a powerful idea that needs to take root in more people’s minds. Our future is at stake and the quality of our lives will be impacted by the choices we all make today & tomorrow. We can no longer be in denial about the condition of our earth. We have the power to affect positive change by our actions. How is your life being affected by high gasoline and oil prices? How have you had to change your lifestyle? What smart choices have you chosen to make?