[@ccess] Jeff Softley says it's high time to put the planet on an energy diet
- ENN News
Sunday, March 19, 2000
Let the (hot) air out of Earth Day, group urges
By Margot Higgins
Instead of buying into the hype and hoopla of Earth Day on April 22,
he wants the world to plug into the Earth Day Energy Fast.
Fed up with the commercialization of Earth Day, Softley founded his
global fast in 1991.
"I realized in the late '80s that Earth Day was no longer an
instrument for social or policy changes to protect nature," Softley
said. " It is time for those who care about nature to reclaim Earth
Day. The Earth Day Energy Fast makes the event much more meaningful
terms of personal actions and policy implications."
There are clear connections between energy use and environmental
destruction. Many environmentalists say energy consumption is second
only to population growth on the list of environmental concerns.
Softley points to the fact that human energy use is responsible for
percent of all air pollution and 88 percent of all greenhouse gas
emissions. The United States wastes more energy than most nations use
for all of their energy needs, he adds.
Despite a growing need for renewable energy sources such as wind,
solar and geothermal power, fossil fuels continue to power cars,
and industries because they are cheap, plentiful and readily
Participation in the Earth Day Energy Fast is simple. Softley wants
consumers to break the chain of environmental destruction by
carpooling to work, using natural light and heat, preparing food
without appliances and trading television time for a walk outdoors.
For a successful fast, Softley recommends some solid planning.
Preparing meals and learning public transportation routes ahead of
Earth Day will show people that saving energy doesn't have to be an
enormous sacrifice, he says.
The Earth Day Energy Fast web site offers many tips and links to
"... Saving energy isn't as difficult as (people) think it is,"
Softley said. "When you go without energy, you are forced to look at
nature without all of the distractions in our modern lives."
The Earth Day Energy Fast is endorsed by several leading
environmentalists, including David Brower, founder of the Sierra
and Gaylord Nelson and Dennis Hayes, founders of Earth Day.
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Visit the web site for the Earth Day Energy Fast.
Also head to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Energy Guide offers advice about today's energy choices.
For other tips on energy saving the Earth Day Energy Fast
organizers recommend heading to The Alliance to Save Energy
and Energy Quest.
The Earth Day Network is the nonprofit coordinating body of
worldwide Earth Day activities.