In case you needed yet another reason to love the company's ice cream, Ben & Jerry's new flavor Save Our Swirled is coming out as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the environment. The raspberry ice cream, which is flavored with swirls of marshmallow and chunks of dark and white fudge, comes in a carton with a link to sign a petition for 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The company knows this is an ambitious plan, but it's right in line with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which stated that there is a need to eliminate carbon pollution within the next 85 years.
According to a description on the petition landing page, it's integral that we keep global temperature rises under two degrees Celsius and scientists warn us that if we don't, climate change and global warming could accelerate so quickly that it would be entirely out of our control. In order to achieve this, the website claims, national and local governments across the world need to make drastic change to shift all energy to be 100 percent clean by the year 2050, which is only 35 years away.
You might be wondering how you can do this on a personal scale (besides signing the petition of course) and begin to leave your mark on the quest for clean energy. Here are some ways to stay green while having fun:
Want to shop? Shop online!
Buying online always involves less carbon use and fewer carbon dioxide emissions than in-store shopping, since going to the store generally involves commuting.
Don't want to go to work? See if you can telecommute!
You'll save energy on a commute, plus the resources you would have used in the office like electricity, water, heat, etc.
Getting too cold in the winter? Forget a heater system and use body heat to warm up.
In fact, researchers in Stockholm are trying to actually use body heat for energy.
Love BBQs in the summer? Use the grill outside!
Using oven heat in the summer actually makes your AC work harder, using a lot more energy. Not to mention increasing your energy bill.
These is just a small video into the world of tips for reducing energy. Check out a super extensive list here.