Posted by: Tony Carson | 19 November, 2009

That string of laundry: get used to it

It’s one thing to negligently bugger-up the planet, it’s quite another to pass bi-laws to do it.

A woman in Pennsylvania, Carin Froehlich, pegs her laundry to three lines in her back yard. There is no law against it, only a municipal disapproval — but there is a loud civic out-cry.

Ya, it’s unsightly, people around me have started doing it, too. Laundry drags the eyes to it like colourful flags. But sun-drying your laundry is smart and it’s one tiny step towards dealing with the global warming crisis we’ve created.

Dryers account for 6% of US residential electricity use. That’s something we can change.

We’re in big and urgent need of a paradigm shift.

We need to create conditions where when someone does something that helps the planet they are applauded and copied, even when it inconveniences the rest of us. A tough sell but we all have to buy into this (and God knows we know how to buy.)

If we’re to drop our carbon footprint in absolute terms by 90% by 2050, and 25% by 2020 we’re going to have to use every energy-saving method we can find and dumping the drier is going to be one of them.

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