Many of us in the Sungevity community made Earth Day resolutions to reduce our carbon footprints. But will our green resolutions go the way of our New Year’s resolutions, with a few false starts and then a slow fade to oblivion? Probably. Unless we harness the power of peer pressure to hold us accountable. Behavioral research consistently shows that people overcome unhealthy habits when they are accountable to a social group whom they trust and respect–that’s why AA works and why people who learn that they’re using more electricity than their neighbors find ways to lower their bills.
To help keep us honest, the Ecology Center is offering a Climate Change Action Workshop Series beginning May 3 and running every Monday evening for four weeks. You’ll learn what steps you can take as an individual consumer and as part of a community committed to curbing climate change. If you can’t attend the workshops, the Ecology Center can help you facilitate your own group of ten or more individuals through your neighborhood, place of worship, workplace or school. Or use the comment feature below to share your resolution–we’ll check back with you in a few months to see how it’s going.