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I know it's only July, but I've been thinking about a campaign for Christmas to educate and help reduce CO2 emissions at the same time.This idea has been growing on me since I hosted the Carnival of the Green a couple of weeks ago and read a post by fellow green blogger Al over at City Hippy that asked what one positive thing could he do to make the biggest impact.

My idea is this: in as many places as we can, we promote "Operation Bright Christmas" (or hopefully some better name). The idea is to get people to buy compact fluorescent lightbulbs for all their adult loved-ones and friends as Christmas gifts. There would be a PDF file with a card template that lists all the benefits of using compact fluorescents. The benefits of this campaign that I can see:
  1. Education. The card "spreads the word" about how much the atmosphere can be saved from pollution by switching to compact fluorescents. The card should also mention the expected monetary savings from the reduced need of electricity as well. Getting the word out in a positive way seems like a good way to get people interested in making changes. Most of us have at least some family and friends that aren't "part of the choir" and it's a gentle way to preach the gospel of global warming reduction to a new audience.
  2. CO2 reduction. If we can give out a thousand or more lightbulbs to replace existing incandescent ones, we are removing a huge source of potential CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. From the Energy Star website: "If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road."
I think it would be a good idea to spread this idea far and wide -- perhaps create a logo that bloggers and environmental organizations can use on their pages to direct traffic to a basic page with the campaign whys and hows and the link to the PDF Christmas card files. We can even list supporting pages/blogs on this web page as a thank you. We can maybe even create a PDF flyer for distribution with the tear off tags at the bottom listing the web address of the campaign to post in eco-friendly businesses and public places.

Is there anyone else out there interested in this idea and wanting to contribute to the planning of this campaign? Please comment to this post.


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Jul. 17th, 2006 06:39 am (UTC)
Count me in!
Great idea Jen, right behind ya!


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