What kind of wake-up call do you use? I imagine most people have some type of alarm clock that lets them know it's time to wake up, or time to pick up the kids, or time to pull that turkey out of the oven.
Well, fortunately for all of us, the BP oil spill is the biggest wake-up call to our dependence on fossil fuels, isn't it? I bet if we all spent a week of our summer vacation at a beach on the Gulf Coast, we might really hear that alarm.
Sadly, we'd rather hit the snooze button and drive in the opposite direction or go back to sleep so we can dream of an alternate reality. With 63 million gallons of oil filling our Gulf waters, and more pouring in every minute, can't each of us find a way to reduce our dependence?
All you have to do is make one less drive a week. Carpool, call in sick for one day of work (you know you want to), plan your shopping a little better, trade off picking up the kids with another parent, and there's always walking or riding your bike, too.
Even if you don't think investing in cleaner energy will work, you can't deny that anything we do to reduce our use of oil will be a positive change for our future. Little by little, our choices will make a big difference. Don't wait for another alarm; wake up now.
Nicole Mosher, Mancos