Should fossil fuels come with warnings?

March 31, 2015

Should gas pump nozzles have labels on them?

One of the best ways to remind people to turn out lights is to have a sticker on the switch that says, “Please turn off the lights.” It’s a key principle of social marketing: place a message where your target audience sees it at the precise time they can make the choice you’re requesting. It’s the same reason blunt messages and graphic images are placed on cigarette packages.

Gasoline consumption generates emissions that are endangering our climate, so should there be warning messages on gas pump nozzles? The municipality of West Vancouver thinks so, and has passed a resolution suggesting that labels like the ones shown here should be placed on every gas pump in Canada.

Gas pump warnings

Maybe it’s not a bad idea. Every litre of gas we consume adds 2.4 KG greenhouse gas emissions to our atmosphere. If a reminder when we’re fuelling up reminds us to try to burn less fuel, that would be a good thing.

An interesting idea, and this week’s Green idea. More information here.

Thanks to subscriber David Brown for the tip.

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One Response to “Should fossil fuels come with warnings?”

  1. Reblogged this on forourgrandkids and commented:
    Awareness is where it starts….action is where the rubber meets the road.

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