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By now, we all can agree that global warming is, in fact, real, and is, in fact, changing our climate (snow in South Carolina in March anyone?)

The latest reports, like this one from the National Research Council, continue to surface seemingly on a daily basis, reminding us that we need to make changes, pronto:

Despite years of study and analysis, the world is unprepared for climate change and needs to rethink basic assumptions that govern things as varied as choosing cars and building bridges, the National Research Council reports.

And now, we have an economic crisis to contend with that in some ways, makes implementing these changes trickier:

“Climatic changes will be superimposed on social and economic changes that are altering the climate vulnerability of different regions and sectors of society, as well as their ability to cope,” the Research Council said.

As travelers, how do we best go about continuing to participate in seeing the world and learning from other cultures while reducing our footprint on the environment?

It is no longer a question of when, but how—immediately. One such possibility is being spearheaded by state governments on the West Coast of the US—alternative fueling stations might be found along the Pacific Coast Highway as early as this summer, for both electric cars and biodiesel, ethanol, and natural gas vehicles.

This is just one approach to curbing our carbon emissions.

What else can be done to save both our environment and the freedom to travel? Share your thoughts below.

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About The Author

Christine Garvin

Christine Garvin is a certified Nutrition Educator and holds a MA in Holistic Health Education. She is the founder/editor of Living Holistically...with a sense of humor and co-founder of Confronting Love. When she is not out traveling the world, she is busy writing, doing yoga, and performing hip-hop and bhangra. She also likes to pretend living in her hippie town of Fairfax, CA is like being on vacation.

  • Eva

    The recession really is a wrench thrown into this already bad situation. For instance, in Canada the Big 3 are leaning HARD on the government to introduce incentives for Canadians to buy more new cars (Chrysler has threatened to lay off 9000 workers in Canada if the govt doesn't agree) which is kind of the opposite of what we should be doing right now, right?

  • Stan

    It's nice to know that Global Warming is a political reality, rather than a scientific one. Otherwise we might have to worry about snow in South Carolina in March and other chilling stories of East Coast weather. The number of physical scientists (as opposed to social scientists) who deny global warming is on the rise and a worry for us all. They state that by far most of the sun's energy is trapped by water vapor rather than carbon compounds, obviously fraudulent science. What do meteorologists and physicists know about it. With real scientists leading the way, we are all in trouble.

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