Divorced, mistakenly? How to have the least impact on the environment after a divorce, in honor of Blog Action Day 2009

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Today is Blog Action day. I was given the task of writing a “divorce” post that incorporated Blog Action Day’s theme – climate change – and to do so without sounding ridiculous. That’s hard. Because nine out of ten times, I am totally ridiculous and I know it. Just the other day, a reader basically wrote in and said she wouldn’t come back to our blog because there’s too much senseless drivel on it. It would have stung except we were in the middle of having the most delicious hot cocoa and so we read what she said, duly noted it, and returned to the business of having hot cocoa in heavy creme and talking about some ideas for upcoming blog posts. 

It’s not that we didn’t care about the feedback we got. But we would like to think there is some substance to our blog too, (in addition to a little bit of entertainment) and so we figured the woman was having a bad day and decided to forgive her for the slug.

I’m definitely over it. Not so sure about the rest of the gang. But I’ve moved on to more interesting pursuits, like coming up with new posts that are newsworthy and entertaining and fun. Thus. This post. Divorced Mistakenly. Originally that was the post title: Divorced mistakenly. I had it in draft a few days and then today I learned it was Blog Action Day so I did a mash up of my original post with the theme from Blog Action Day this year – climate change – and I now want to talk about how to have the least impact on the environment when you divorce.

Last winter, (I wasn’t on board then) I am told that Admin did a number of posts about how to have a green divorce, and the social costs of divorce. You can find the links here:

http://www.divorcesaloon.com/is-your-divorce-green-enough

http://www.divorcesaloon.com/the-social-costs-of-divorce

http://www.divorcesaloon.com/steve-fielding-austrailia-if-marriage-is-good-for-the-planet-is-divorce-bad-for-the-planet

http://www.divorcesaloon.com/how-to-have-a-green-divorce

Well, so here’s my two cents worth: The way I think people can have a green divorce is simply to remarry right away. No, seriously. If not to the same person, then to somebody else. I think that will leave the softest carbon footprint.

Why do I say that? Well, think about it. If two people cohabit, they use less energy (in one house, of course) than if two people live apart. In other words, our aim on the planet should be to get everybody coupled up and married. That way, there are no single-person homes. Only homes with couples and children. Of course, having too many children have have a particularly hard impact/imprint. So I would advocate re-marriage; and to have couples either have no children, or no more than two children per household.

The idea being that collectively, couples would use less resources if they live in one house rather than if they are divorced and living apart. Chances are, they may even have one family car as well. They will use less electricity too. Often, if married, one party works and the other stays home to rear the kids. So as far as commuting and the traffic congestion, or even the gas emissions, this is also better for the environment if people are coupled up.

That is how I think divorced people can have a green divorce…get back into being a couple. Coupledom is the best way to go. You can always change your mind about a divorce. You don’t have to go through with it. But if you’ve already divorced and now are having second thoughts? Chock it all up to a mistake and just get remarried right away. Hey, it’s happened! You will not be the first, trust me. I am all for reconciliations. And besides, make up sex is the best. Isn’t it?