This is a really cool idea. If your power company doesn't offer a renewable energy plan (chances are they do), then you can choose Bullfrog Power to create demand for clean energy.
As they say, if people are willing to pay a tiny bit more now, it means ginormous savings in the long run.
In honor of the new year, we've asked several FearLess contributors to share their thoughts on resolutions, New Year's or otherwise, and especially as they relate to helping others and being your authentic self. Today's author Robyn O'Brien muses, "Rather than think about this too much, I am going to get myself out of the way and let it come straight from the heart."
In my experience, the more selfless a New Year’s resolution is, the more likely you are to stick with it. Also, the less specific it is, the more opportunities you’ll have to carry it out. The goal setter in you may balk at this, but a resolution is not a goal. It’s an intended behavior.
Let’s say your resolution for 2012 is, “To stop working for myself and start working for the world.” It may seem a little vague, but every time you have a decision to make, you can ask yourself, “Who am I working for?” Nothing vague about that.
Umair Haque, author of The New Capitalist Manifesto, describes how the businesses that matter to people in the 21st Century are the businesses that make people meaningfully better off.
Dean Baker writes in The Guardian about how efforts to reduce the government deficit are often portrayed as a generational issue, while efforts to reduce global warming are almost never framed in this way:
The main factor that will determine the economic wellbeing of our children and grandchildren will be the strength of the economy that we pass down to them. This will depend, in turn, on the quality of the capital and infrastructure we pass onto them, along with the level of education we give them, the state of technical knowledge we achieve and the state of the natural environment.
If we cut the deficit by making spending cuts that affect our progress in these areas, we will be making our children worse-off, not better-off.