I want to address my Republican and conservative friends for a second—really anyone that is sick and tired of all this talk about climate change. I’d like to let you in on a little secret: a surefire way to piss off the tree-hugging conservationists that annoy you so much.
Before I tell you how to do that, let’s talk about The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero.
This is a book about self-reliance, accountability, and setting a good example. It’s a road map to the tools and technologies that will save you money and allow you to keep your family safe. Because you may not believe that climate change is real, that we’re the cause, or that it’s dangerous . . . but the United States military does. So does Exxon Mobile, and other big oil giants. The Carbon Code is a conservative take on climate change, focused on how individuals—and their choices—matter.
You’ve probably heard climate advocates pushing for policies like carbon taxes, clean energy grids, divestment from petroleum companies, and so on. It can seem like you have nothing in common with the people behind these projects. But where they talk, you can act. You can build big, work hard, and take care of those you love—and set yourself up for success in a warmer world. And you might just make your neighbors jealous in the process.
So, how do you piss off a conservationist? By covering your home in solar panels so you don’t have to pay the power company for electricity. By advocating for a carbon tax, so that billionaires and big multinational companies have to pay their share for polluting your land. By driving an electric vehicle so that you don’t send your money away to foreign countries whose leaders would just as soon see you out of a job. You piss off a conservationist by conserving better than they do, so that you can stick it to them the next time they tell you how their way of life is better.
There’s nothing more frustrating to an environmentalist than a conservative that does great things for the planet, and then recruits others to do the same. The Carbon Code is your road map to doing this—to drive liberals crazy by becoming a better climate change hero than they are.
Brett Favaro is a research scientist at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He lectures widely on applying scientific approaches to creating a sustainable future for the planet. His forthcoming book, The Carbon Code: How You Can Become a Climate Change Hero, is available on Earth Day, 2017. You can connect with Dr. Favaro on Twitter @LetsFishSmarter.