When America entered World War II, the folks at home reduced, reused, and recycled in the name of patriotism. Now, as we enter a new war, it’s time to do the same, says David Hochschild, coordinator of San Francisco’s successful solar power initiative, in an op-ed co-authored by his mother, well-known writer Arlie Hochschild. Because our leaders won’t wean us off our dangerous oil habit, the Hochschilds argue, we need to take the steps ourselves. Individuals could change their energy habits by replacing gas-guzzling vehicles, taking public transportation, and insulating homes, while schools, businesses, and state and local governments could promote renewable resource use. What a wonderful world this would be.

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