In a recent video campaign, six cartoon bobblehead figures of NBA and WNBA all-stars like Jason Collins, Dikembe Mutombo, and Swin Cash call timeout in a street pickup game. While they dribble and spin the ball, they talk about saving energy at home.

Jason Collins: “I save money by unplugging electronics when they’re not being used.”

Dikembe Mutombo: “I block drafts by weatherproofing windows and doors.”

Swin Cash: “I’ll pass on energy-wasting lightbulbs and switch to more efficient ones.”

It’s part of the NBA Green Energy All-Star Campaign, which shares easy energy-saving tips with the NBA’s massive fan-base.

Sara Espinoza of the National Environmental Education Foundation helped put the campaign together.

Espinoza: “People often feel that acting for the environment takes too much time, it’s too costly.”

She hopes the simple tips in the video show people otherwise.

Espinoza: “Really the biggest thing we wanted to communicate to fans is that small actions add up.”

Espinoza: “You unplugging electronics when not in use – along with all of these other NBA fans – actually has a really big collective impact.”

In other words, saving energy is like a basketball game. Every score adds up.

Reporting credit: Mark Knapp/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Courtesy of NEEF/NBA.

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...