Actor and Environmentalist
It's a rare day in Hollywood when an actor with six Emmy nominations becomes more famous for something else. But really, that's where Ed Begley Jr. finds himself in 2012 -- as one of the most noteworthy environmentalists next to Al Gore and Ralph Nader.
Begley Jr. shared with us some of his thoughts on climate change, sustainable living and the energy it takes to eat toast for breakfast:
Ed: I intend to stay home for a change and have a zero carbon footprint.
Ed: Living in smoggy L.A. After 20 years of it, I felt I had had enough and wanted to do my small part to make a change.
Ed: My recent changes that have worked well have been:
1) Separate power strips for un-needed "vampire power" -- I turn them off at night, or when I go to bed, and save a lot of power and money!
2) A 550-gallon underground rainwater storage tank. It gives me a fair amount of water for my garden after a rain.
Ed: I rarely eat toast. The bike is hooked up to the solar batteries. I could toast a piece of toast or run a computer or light bulb all day after 15 minutes on the bike.
Ed: Do what I did when I started. Pick the low hanging fruit first. Energy saving light bulbs. Energy saving thermostat. Weather stripping. Bike riding, when weather and fitness permit. Public transportation if it's near you. Home gardening and home composting. Community garden if you don't have a home.
Ed: I don't know if that's true, but I'm happy to have played my small part.
Ed: Over-consumption. Those who are doing well need to Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live.
Ed: Cheaper solar and wind.
Ed: Type in "NASA Climate" in your search engine and read what they think about it. They don't have a dog in this race.