Making the Connection Between Energy Consumption and Global Warming


"The average American uses 11,400 Watts of power continuously. This is the equivalent of burning 114 x100 Watt light bulbs, all the time. The average person globally uses 2,255 Watts of power, or a little less than 23 x100 Watt light bulbs.

What are the consequences of us all using this much power?"

This is just one of the questions asked by, which recently published a "game plan" to tackle global warming. Noting that the problem has been addressed before (some guy named Al Gore won a Nobel Prize and an Oscar Award for his efforts), they acknowledge it's an old story, but tell it in a new way.Addressing both the big and the small of it -- the impersonal story using big numbers, and the personal story about how every decision each of us makes has wide-ranging global warming-related effects -- the document offers an interesting take on education and inspiration. Everything in the world is intertwined -- energy use, fossil fuel-depletion and climate change, for example -- so it makes sense that this version of the way forward is as well.

It's a very logical, linear document, and, where An Inconvenient Truth drew criticism for being short on goals and solutions, this game plan has them in spades, if big-picture-focused. Their point of view, though, is worth repeating: it's not going to be easy, but it can be done. Get inspired and get educated at ::Wattzon via ::MAKE: Blog