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Diamond-Cut Survey Takers Speak Up

December 6th, 2012 by Alison · No Comments · energy, global warming and climate change

So far, 74 people have taken my survey and given me valuable feedback on what they’d like to read about at Diamond-Cut Life. (Survey-takers get entered into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card, and so do new subscribers to DCL, to your right). I’ll be publishing all the results over time; the survey will stay open through December.

Today I’m touching on two topics that people have expressed interest in: tips on conserving energy (93% of survey-takers) and dealing constructively with global warming (68%).

I’ve picked up a great 2013 Energy-Savers’ calendar that I’ll be using to write a series early next year giving tips on home energy conservation. For right now, let me refer people to my existing post on How To Slash Your Electricity Bill. It’s gotten thousands of views since I wrote it in 2009, and is based on the experience of my own household’s energy bill being about half the national average.

Dealing constructively with global warming is a bigger, more challenging topic, but one that’s deeply importance to me. This morning I’ve added a new page to my blog: letter to my alma mater.  The endowments of almost all U.S. universities are heavily invested in oil and coal, the burning of which are accelerating climate change, also known as global warming. The worldwide scientific community is clear on that fact, and also that climate change will entail enormous amounts of human suffering. My letter to Dr. Nathan Hatch, the president of Wake Forest University, asks him to be a leader in fossil fuel divestment. Four days after I mailed him my letter, the New York Times ran a front-page story on the growing pressure, largely student-led, being put on universities to divest from fossil fuels.

Do you think that getting colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels is a good path? Why or why not? If not, what do you see as a more constructive approach to global warming? 

This Sunday’s post will feature DCL readers’ sometimes surprising responses to my last post on how to break the rules at Christmastime.

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