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Prescription for energy savings

By Nicki Cruickshank, Barrie Examiner

Submitted - Barrie cardiologist Dr. Brad Dibble says he wants residents to take reducing power consumption just as seriously as heart health.

Submitted - Barrie cardiologist Dr. Brad Dibble says he wants residents to take reducing power consumption just as seriously as heart health.

A Barrie cardiologist is just as worried about his planet as his patients' tickers.

Dr. Brad Dibble says he wants residents to take reducing power consumption just as seriously as heart health.

"Let's conserve energy. Let's look at how we can be green," Dibble said. "There are small steps people can take to make a difference for the environment."

Taking part in Earth Hour on Saturday is one way. The Barrie Earth Hour Music Festival at Barrie City Hall runs from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

But Dibble said the event needs to be a movement, not a one-hour initiative.

"It depends on your end goals. Earth Hour does certainly reduce energy consumption, so I'll take it," said the self-proclaimed environmentalist. "Is it going to make a significant change for the planet in the long run? If this is the only day you're doing it, probably not much.

"But, what I like best about Earth Hour is the exposure and education of the topic (of energy consumption)," Dibble added. "People just aren't motivated as much as they should be about this. The more people understand, the more inclined they'll be to make change."

As his fascination with climate change and conservation grew, Dibble wrote a book called Comprehending the Climate Crisis: Everything You Need to Know about Global Warming and How to Stop It.

Dibble has become somewhat of a peaceful eco-activist.

"People ask, 'Why is a doctor writing about climate change?'," he said. "I thought if I wanted to see something done, I would do it myself.

"Decades ago, people started to warn about these issues, and it's taking a long time to get people on board, but it is happening," he added.

After Earth Hour has passed, Dibble said there are plenty of other 'green' ways to conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint on the planet.

"Put a motion sensor in rooms so you don't have to worry about lights left on," Dibble said.

"Put in a programmable thermostat. Install solar panels on your roof to help cut down on your hydro bill.

"You don't have to drive a big vehicle, and you can walk to the corner store instead of driving. And, you don't need to live in a 5,000-square-foot home, either," he added.

"There is no doubt some people are making changes and society is making changes, but slowly,"?Dibble said. "More involved recycling is happening, and I heard a lot of people argue about global warming before that now say it's a real issue."

nichole.cruickshank@sunmedia.ca



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