Sparked by a blog by John Cronin, Hudson Riverkeeper (1983-2000), Founding Director/CEO of Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and now Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at pace Academy.
As John Cronin wrote: “According to Stan Cox, author of the 2010 book “Losing Our Cool,” air conditioning in the US has a global-warming impact equivalent to every US household driving an extra 10,000 miles/year.”
Since global warming impacts every watershed on the planet, NWNL wants to brainstorm about what we each can do to reduce further problems.
The obvious for our NWNL Team is to “hang out” in water – a stream, a pool, a cool shower, the ocean, a kayak, a canoe…. But there’s also:
• Wake up earlier when working conditions are cooler; and then nap midday to make up for it.
• Spruce up a cool garage or basement for some summer movies – or a game of Charades.
• Install and use overhead fans in lieu of A/C if your rooms have high ceilings
• Explore the fun of hand-held fans! Go to China Town for strongly made, efficient fans; and share with children how to fold a rectangle of paper into a fan.
• Ask doormen / shopkeepers to keep doors closed if the A/C is on.
• Wear clothes that are made of cotton, linen or breathable, wicking fabrics on hot days.
• Have friends over for an ice-cream social!
• Ride bikes and scooters instead of hot, steamy subways.
• Slip into “Porchin”: a rural tradition of screened-in card games, loose clothing and flowing iced tea.
• Try swimming instead of running for your regular exercise.
• Take cool – rather than hot – showers. Go to bed with wet hair to be cooler as you go to sleep.