As many of you know, today marks the beginning of NWEI’s Oil and Our Lifestyles – A Month of Action. This month we’ll be posting daily action ideas and information pertaining to oil, energy and our lifestyles and we invite you to join us and share with us what you and your groups are doing.

We want to acknowledge that personal change is important, which is what this month of action points towards.  However, advocating for broader and more systemic change is also necessary.  We hope this month will move each of us towards greater participation in finding needed solutions, both at the very personal and often seemingly ‘small scale’ level while also acknowledging needed shifts at the community and global scale.  Here’s to starting exactly where you are!

Proposed action for April 1st:   Begin a survey of energy use in your home.  All weekend we’ll be looking at home energy use and offering ideas and actions to conserve energy and use less (we’ll do this over the next few weekends as well).  Today, survey your energy use and needs at home and unplug what you aren’t using or don’t need to use.  Focus on any home office electrical equipment when not in use over the weekend.  Begin a habit of unplugging items when they are not in use. Better yet, use power strips–and easily unplug multiple items at once.

We also invite you to listen to a live interview with Pat Murphy, Research Director of Community Solutions, a non-profit organization that advocates for a world where people live sustainably and cooperatively in smaller communities which are diverse, equitable, and just.  He’ll be talking on Greenwashing in the Energy, Transportation and Building Industries, airing this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3 at 8AM EST & 5PM EST.  For more info visit and  This interview with Pat will also be available as a Podcast.  (Go to for the Podcast – Shunpiker’s Journal link).

Pat’s main interest is developing the techniques and strategies for a steady reduction in the per capita use of fossil fuels. He sees community as a necessary context for a low energy lifestyle.  He will discuss Greenwashing in the energy, transportation and building industries, FTC Green Guides to curb this abuse, the Smart Jitney and shared transport programs that could work in the US, whether or not President Obama’s proposal to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 is the right way to promote clean energy technology, and whether or not alternative fuels ethanol and propane can be part of the solution.

We look forward to journeying with you this month!