When Kids Speak, People Listen
Claim to be a Climate-Change Believer? Prove it! Don’t drive your car on Saturday, April 23rd!
Back in October 2015 when Logan Conover (my 17-years-old client) learned that there was 398 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere, he was shocked. Then, when we checked CO2 levels last week and found that we reached 404 ppm in just 4 months, when we thought it would be at least 4 years, he was speechless. After all, we all know that the earth can’t handle more than 350ppm without causing havoc and heading us all into a downward spiral. But Logan actually did something about it. He started an organization called WHEN, NOT IF… to give everyone a relatively simple way to reduce their contribution to the 7.5 billion lbs. of CO2 that we spew into the atmosphere every day. Logan is advocating to get everyone toNOT DRIVE THEIR GAS-GUZZLING CARS on Saturday, April 23rd.
You can do this! Do your shopping and errands on Friday or Sunday. If you need to go somewhere, ride your bike, take a bus or train, or walk! You can even carpool with someone else! Sure, this may be a little inconvenient, but in the long term, it certainly is more convenient than, say, not having shelter because of a natural disaster that was caused by Climate Change (tidal waves, tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, and more). So be proactive and make your plans to not drive on Saturday.
The next most important thing for you to do is to LOG IN THE MILES YOU DIDN’T DRIVE ON SATURDAY! Yup! Clever Logan created his own website for WHEN, NOT IF… and he even did the math calculations to determine how much CO2 we won’t be spewing into the atmosphere on Saturday. It’s easy to do. Just go to his website at www.WhenNotIf.org and click on the “Enter Your Data” page. Just enter how many miles you normally drive per day (approximate is fine) and how many miles per gallon your car gets. That’s it! He’s created the formula to add up your total and add it to his running tally. Can you believe that one gallon of gasoline equals 20 lbs. of CO2? Yikes!
So put this on your calendar! And please share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers! Get everyone to not drive on Saturday, April 23rd, and remind them to report their participation on Logan’s website: www.WhenNotIf.org! Logan will tally up the April 23rdnumbers to determine how much CO2 we prevented from contributing to further damaging climate change!
Logan plans to expand this drive every month! With one billion cars on the road today (worldwide), the impact will be significant and it will hurt the oil industry using the only language they understand: MONEY!