scientists-clues-printIt’s been unusually warm and dry in Alaska and in Utah this winter and freezing and snowy in the Northeast.  I’d like to get rid of the term Climate Change or, worse, Global Warming and start calling what seems to be happening in our world these days Climate Chaos.  That’s my term and that should be your term.  Maybe if we all start using it people will start paying attention.  Weather Chaos would be even better since it dumbs it down a notch but it’s not as catchy.  Say it, live it breathe it – “Climate Chaos“.  Apparently I didn’t invent the term, though I thought I did, but I love it as if it were my own.

I’ve been thinking on this for quite a while and although there are some nifty things we could do to solve Climate Chaos like driving electric cars, implementing hugely complicated and controversial carbon tax credits or installing more public transport, I wanted to suggest some very simple, very basic things you and everyone else can do now with little or no investment of funds, no new inventions, no research, no real lifestyle change and very little time commitment.  A couple of these have to do with the double standard we have for commercial spaces and residential spaces.  What we’d never do at home, we seem to do regularly in our commercial buildings.  I’ll put these in 5 separate blog posts since we’re all short on time and attention these days.  This is my favorite suggestion.

USAtNight11.  TURN OFF NONESSENTIAL LIGHTS AT NIGHT – EVERY BUILDING, EVERY CITY, EVERY TOWN, EVERYWHERE.  Why is this so difficult?  If every city in the world agreed to turn off the lights in their commercial buildings at night when not in use from midnight to 5:00am (other than those absolutely necessary for safety of pedestrians and aircraft and any used by cleaning staff or employees who are actually using them), we’d probably solve the climate crisis right then and there.  Yes, cities are pretty at night, but when we’ve got no food or water due to climate chaos, that will be a luxury we’ll look back on as ridiculous.  Not to mention the fact that all of this light pollution interferes with the circadian rhythms and migration patterns of birds and wildlife.  See Dark Sky for more information about that.  You don’t leave 20 lights blazing in your house all night, why do it in your office?  Paris, The City of Light, enacted legislation in 2012 to turn off the lights and is saving 250,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually.  That’s the equivalent of 750,000 homes.  If Paris can do it, why can’t we?

Honestly if the UN wanted to be useful in any meaningful way they would pass an international resolution on this issue.  It will do more for global security in terms of keeping climate chaos at bay (and the potential for world instability) than anything the UN can do with all the peacekeeping forces in the world.  Turning out non-essential lights doesn’t hurt anyone and could save millions of tons of greenhouse gases.  Why is this so difficult?


Talk to the property management company at the building where you work and find out why the lights are on at night and what can be done about it.  Ask them how much money owners would save in a year by turning the lights out at night.  Tell everyone you know to do the same via social media.  If you live in New York City, tell your local representative that you support Queens Councilmen Donovan Richard’s Lights Out Legislation which is Bill No. 578.  This bill exempts iconic NY landmarks, holiday lighting, etc., but would save hugely on emissions.  At the very end click WIN on this Buzzfeed Post I wrote about Councilman Donovan Richards.  If you don’t live in New York, ask your local representative to introduce similar legislation in your city.  Make it a lights out movement.  It’s not controversial, it’s smart.


About Katie Noble

Katie Noble is a real estate agent at Summit Sotheby's International Realty in the beautiful Heber Valley, Utah. She is a real estate professional in every sense of the word. Katie started her career at the age of five with a paintbrush in hand varnishing stairs in her parents’ vacation home in Cape Cod. She’s still not sure who would give a paintbrush to a five-year-old, especially one prone to knocking things over, but everyone survived even if there was an odd lump hidden under the carpet for years after. After graduating with honors from Colgate University with a degree in History, Katie's career ambition was to save the whales. In furtherance of this goal (and truly to avoid door to door canvassing talking about whales with strangers), she attended law school at the University of Utah College of Law in Salt Lake City, mostly because it was a great school and they gave her a scholarship. She thought that paying for law school herself and going all the way across the country would keep her family out of her business. Two words: flawed logic. Unable to find any whales in Utah that needed saving, Katie worked for The Nature Conservancy during law school. They told her she needed experience as a real estate attorney, so she dutifully went back to Boston and flew up the corporate ladder as a commercial real estate lawyer at prestigious law firms, such as Saul Ewing and Hinckley, Allen & Snyder. At a fairly young age, she became General Counsel for a multifamily investment firm, working primarily on $100 Million - $1 Billion apartment transactions. After ten years practicing law, sailing, and buying and selling her own properties in Boston and Newport, RI, Katie missed her old Utah life: the mountains, the sun, the snow, and the open spaces. Not one to fear change, Katie started a family and a new career selling real estate shortly after returning to Park City. Katie started selling commercial real estate for Commerce CRG then moved to residential as part of a top producing team. She now works on her own selling exclusive properties at the wonderful Summit Sotheby's agency. Katie loves helping people sell their homes and find their dream home or vacation property. She equally loves the logic and numbers involved in commercial real estate sales and development. Katie is a listener, negotiator, diplomat, advisor, and a trusted friend to all. True to her promise to save something (even if it wasn’t whales), several years ago she founded the successful non-profit Pure Midway which is dedicated to preserving Midway’s open spaces. Katie lives in Midway with her husband, young daughter, Bernese Mountain Dog, Golden Retriever and a rescue cat named Spanky. She loves art, traveling, baking, reading, hiking, skiing, mountain biking and hosting very last-minute parties, especially if they involve costumes.
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