People are protesting a new coal terminal in the Northwest US. The terminal is being built to export coal to China. Why? China needs more coal.
But ask yourself, why does China need more coal?
Perhaps because we keep buying things made in China.
Now, there are reasons to make things in China, and there are reasons to buy things. But the next time you find yourself about to buy something, ask yourself two questions:
Do I need to buy this?
and if so, ask
Can I buy a version made in the US?
It may be that you cannot afford the US-made version, say for clothing, or it may be that there isn’t a US-made version. But if there is, could you buy that instead?
US factories are regulated. We have rules, such as those made by the EPA and those agreed to by trade organizations, that control factories emissions, what they do with their waste water and that regulate the emissions of the power plants that make the electricity for these plants. Additionally, many US companies are responding to demands by Americans that we want things that are “green” or “responsibly sourced.” Many US companies are doing things like building factories powered by solar panels or wind energy.
If we care about climate change, then we need to support the efforts of these companies.
So the next time you are going to buy something, ask yourself “Do I really need this?”
p.s. You can find some great sources and ideas for American made items in our fellow green blogger Sarah’s site Made In USA Challenge including details on Michele Obama’s inaugural attire .