Together we are stronger

January 31, 2017

Virtually all of what I have learned about climate change over the past decade has led me to one key conclusion: if we humans are to meet the enormous challenge of climate change, we will need to overcome our differences and work together like never before.  That, plus this week’s news, makes this paragraph from The Better World Handbook, particularly timely:

“Misinformation, half-truths and stereotypes make us susceptible to religious intolerance.  Given the ongoing conflicts in the world, it seems especially essential that Christians and Muslims make a strong effort to learn about and from one another.  Both faiths share an emphasis on peace and tolerance that is not reflected in the wars and violence perpetrated by a few.  When we take the time to learn about other faiths in depth, we often find we have much in common, a basis for building understanding and cooperation towards our common goals.”

So, in the interests of working together for a better future, maybe learning about different faiths would be time well spent; here’s a pretty good place to begin.

Protect your assets from climate change threats

If you think climate change isn’t an issue for investors, think again.  Climate change will bring costly extreme weather events; new rules and regulations; disruptive technology; changed buying patterns and more.

A recent report by the world’s largest institutional fund management company, BlackRock Investment Institute, states, “We believe climate factors have been underappreciated and underpriced.”  The report concludes, “We see climate-proofing portfolios as a key consideration for all asset owners.”

Are your investments and pensions protected?  Here are a few strategies to help ensure they are.

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen stove, here are three simple guidelines to help you choose efficiency:

  • Stoves with self-cleaning ovens are better insulated so they use less energy. They may cost a little more but will save you money in the long run.
  • Convection ovens cook more quickly (because a fan moves heat around inside) so they use less energy.
  • Opening the oven door to check on progress allows 20% of the heat to escape, so choose a model with an oven window.

Here are three simple tips for operating any oven more efficiently:

  • Preheating an oven uses extra energy and is usually not necessary for good results – so don’t preheat unless a recipe specifically calls for it (like bread and pastries)
  • Turn off the elements a few minutes before cooking time is elapsed; cooking will continue thanks to the heat in the oven, the pot and the food itself.
  • Make sure oven door seals are tight; they should hold a slip of paper snugly. Clean or replace as necessary.

Read more tips here (California) or here (Canada; scroll or click to page 21). Happy – and efficient – cooking in 2017!