THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

“If the flap of a butterfly’s wings can be instrumental in generating a tornado, it can equally well be instrumental in preventing a tornado”

Edward Norton Lorenz, originator of the butterfly effect

Most people are familiar with “the butterfly effect” named from Edward Norton Lorenz’s theory of Chaos where he said “A butterfly flapping it’s wings in Brazil can produce a tornado in Texas”. But less well known is that he said the opposite can also be true. A little thing can snowball into a bigger effect. And something as small as a butterfly’s wings can be the instrument in preventing a tornado. This seems like a perfect analogy for reversing climate change. A series of little things can reverse the change that is happening to our climate and prevent the tornado in Texas.

LITTLE THINGS MATTER

We were wondering how tough it would be to make enough changes to make a difference. We found it was not hard at all. Just a series of little things, and we cut our carbon footprint in half . And it could be done quickly – really quickly! Spoiler alert – it only took one day. And we are living better than we were before!

Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography