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Weathering Change

A family from Bothell, a TV host and a high school sophomore take a shot at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. See how they're doing.


April 15, 2007

A chance to be part of something bigger

Posted by The Fraleys at 07:10 PM

We've always wanted to do something positive about climate change, but what can you really accomplish on your own? Sure, we can think globally and act locally, we can recycle, we can resist the urge to buy a 3-miles-to-the-gallon suburban assault vehicle, and we can even support politicians who appear to care about the environment. But will our single family's attempt to minimize our carbon footprint have any measurable effect on the planet? Hard to buy into that. That's why we jumped at the chance to be a part of something bigger. Thanks, Seattle Times, for providing us with that chance.

A tiny bit about us: We're a fairly typical family in many aspects. Cori is 30, I'm 32. Our boys are almost 4 and almost 2. We live in a mid-size home in a ferociously middle-class subdivision in a mostly non-swanky town. We're politically independent (although I admit we lean to the left), she teaches in the public school system, I'm a piano instructor, we pay most our bills on time, we love our adorable boys, and we're pretty sick of receiving 14 offers each day to refinance our mortgage at historic low rates.

It'll be an interesting challenge to cut down on our emissions significantly, since I'm pretty much locked in to driving 350 miles a week to give lessons in people's homes. But we can heat less, we can recycle even more diligently, we can make a couple lifestyle choices to reduce our footprint, we can cut down a car trip here and there, and we can accomplish something. Probably not without some effort and a hint of sacrifice, but then again, when is the easy road the right road?

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