Yesterday an extensive report was released saying that more than 40 scientific studies all show global warming is having a widespread effect — from dramatic polar ice-cap melting, to all kinds of animal species’ habitats being changed, to… Now, we can sit back and lament about how not much is being done about this , or: we can take matters into our own hands. For instance, even though the current administration isn’t currently participate in the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our family has decided to participate. That is, we walk or bicycle 90% of wherever we travel in Bluffton, Ohio. We’ve cut the thermostat back, close off part of our place during the winter, and wear sweaters. We don’t use air conditioning (there was a time when no one used air conditioning). We often share the same bath water — I just try and make sure I get in before the 18 month old has had his bath. And on… What’s more, we put up a yard sign that said we were a “Kyoto Protocol Home Zone.” And we tell everyone who asks, and even some who don’t ask, what that means. It just takes “one candle” in every town to start to shift this. Not to mention, we’ve been using candles, instead of electric lights, sometimes at night too. Note: Liz and I frequently tell reporters we are running as “concerned parents.” And one of the things we’re concerned about is leaving our children a “world of global warming.” I mean, what caring parent would do that, huh?