The Peanut Butter Analogy

So, I…errr… dissapeared for five days.


But I  have a legitimate reason– our power was out! Last Saturday there was a major storm in our area, and power line, trees, and everything else fell (there were even electrical fires down our street. Eek!). We had half power for a couple days (enough to emit a dim glow from lights but not enough to run machinery), and then it went off completely for a few more. It’s a good thing I get tired when it gets dark anyway (my poor night owl family!). Last night, while we chatted by candlelight, the lights popped back on. Yippee!

a fallen tree in a nearby neighborhood. We were lucky to escape any damage.

Though I honestly, sort of, enjoyed being unplugged for all that time, not having blogs to connect was rather sad. And not having the blender to make a smoothie. But cooking on the camp stove wasn’t so bad,  and I really didn’t mind not having everything else too much (besides, I was working this weekend and the beginning of this week, and the cafe had power)!

Anyways, onto today’s post:


We hear it all the time: “the little things make a big difference”.

These words, said in conjunction with tips for battling climate change, are meant to give us hope. Hope that we don’t need to unduly disrupt our usual lives to make a difference. And indeed, they are hopeful, these tips: turn the water off while you brush your teeth, turn out a light when you eave the room, take short showers, etc. Knowing that these small acts can help the world is empowering!

But how about this statement: “The big things make a bigger difference”?

These “little things” make a big step in battling leaps in the global warming crisis. However, “little things” aren’t the only factor, and they are not going to fix our global problem on their own.

Let’s use peanut butter as our example here (making peanut butter happened to be my celebration of our returning power!).

(If you are allergic to peanuts, imagine your favorite nut butter or food in place of this.)

food processor peanut butter licks, part of a complete breakfast mid-morning snack (with an applesauce bowl)

When you are faced full of a food processor full of peanut butter, you need to empty it, otherwise it might spoil, get icky stuff in it, etc.

The “big things” in helping climate change are represented by the two jars of peanut butter currently sitting in my cupboard. The little things are the traces left on the processor’s body, blade, and lid of the machine.

Little things can certainly add up to big things– if you feel like licking one tiny lick of peanut butter at a time until the processor is empty, your can. But that, um, would take a long time.

Don’t get me wrong, licking the peanut butter would certainly get the job done eventually– but what if you used a spoon to scoop it out? It would be empty much faster and you would have that satisfied feeling of a job well done (because I totally consider peanut butter eating a job ;)). The “big scoops”, so to say, in combating our peanut butter of climate change get the job done faster and more effectively.

Now, in no way am I saying you should eat a whole container of peanut butter. Even I couldn’t commit such a feat!

I am saying that taking big scoops of the problems that are causing climate change is a good idea, in addition to the little licks that are the little things.

I have always believed that the “little things” are not enough…. the “little things” are needed in conjunction with the “big things” if we want to meet global warming head on! And we need to stop it in its’ tracks– wildfires are spreading across Texas, earthquakes shaking the east coast, hurricanes ravaging Vermont,  and massive damage being done to my own neighborhood. I have seen what crazy weather will do, first hand– it knocks over trees, smashes houses, and people, animals, and the earth are being hurt.


Have I yet sufficiently creeped you out with the peanut butter and global warming talk?

What are some of the  “little things” or “big things” that you do?

ps: I’ll be doing some posts explaining some different “little and big things” you can do!

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4 Responses to The Peanut Butter Analogy

  1. Ah, so sorry to hear that you were suffering from the aftermath of the storm, too! I was lucky to have missed most of it while away in Portland, but the two remaining days that I had to endure without power were excruciating- I can’t imagine that whole time without it. Besides that, I camped out at Whole Foods and mooched off their free wifi a good bit, too. 😉

  2. Katherine says:

    teeheheheheh love the pb 🙂 and i like your eco-views. keep up the blog!

  3. You may enjoy the WWF report, “Weathercocks & Signposts: the environmental movement at a crossroads”. It’s a similar sort of discussion, and although I think they ignored a lot of really important research in writing it, it sounds like you’d enjoy it!

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