Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day 2009



CLIMATE CHANGE



"Climate Change" ... "Global Warming" ... they are words that we hear a lot these days. We're told that the polar ice caps are melting and that species, like Polar Bears, will die and become extinct. Other animal and plant life ... those able to move ... are doing so, changing our ecosystems. There is evidence that our oceans are rising and some say that they will consume land at lower elevations, like parts of Florida. Weather patterns have already changed, causing extreme conditions in many parts of the world. How often, lately, have we heard of an area suffering drought one minute and floods the next?

All of these reports have a couple of things in common ... they are dramatic and they usually tell us that we must act now. But how? They don't tell us what we, individuals trying to do our best, can do to make things better.

Some climate change is part of our planet's natural life cycle. Throughout history, the earth has experienced events such as volcanic eruptions and changes in our orbit. We've gone through ice ages and long periods of warming. All of those events have had an affect on the earth's climate. But in the late 18th century, man got busy with the Industrial Revolution and became the largest contributor to global warming. Humans started burning fossil fuels (coal and oil) and started cutting down trees (deforestation). These activities kicked global warming into "over-drive" by causing a huge increase in concentrations of heat-trapping gasses in our atmosphere.

What does that mean to us? Well, when we use oil products or electricity, we release greenhouse gases. Growing food, burning wood in our fireplaces, raising livestock and tossing out garbage all release greenhouse gases. In fact, everything we do contributes, in some degree, to climate change. So, the way we can "act now" is to live "green" ... to put into action all of the ideas we've talked about in this blog and the suggestions that can be found throughout the blogosphere. We can pay attention to our every action and take the route with the least environmental impact. Every time we reduce our consumption (of everything), reuse things instead of tossing them out and recycle everything that can be recycled, we take a positive step towards slowing global warming.

I'm not a scientist or an expert on climate change. I'm just a person who wants to do the right thing. Perhaps it's true that the earth's course is set ... that there is nothing we can do to stop global warming. On the other hand, perhaps there is a lot we can do. If there is a chance ... even a small chance ... that my actions can help the earth and improve the quality of life, then ... I'm going to give it my best effort.

Won't you join me?

As always ... I would love to hear from you!



10 comments :

  1. I tried to do my part by pointing out that if you hate cute and fuzzy kittens you should take no action:
    http://projectsaviorreborn.blogspot.com/2009/10/catspiracy-purrsday-blog-action-day.html
    Of course, if you actually want cute and fuzzy kittens to plunder your lap and fill you with happy thoughts, you should fight climate change.

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  2. I love the topic. And the whole post. That reminds us our responsibility towards the environment.

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  3. Very good! I'm making the effort too. It just makes sense--we've got to try to save this beautiful earth. Check out my blog action post today. www.bunchabenhams.blogspot.com
    Elle

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  4. We have a responsibility to this planet!

    http://adventuresingigi.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-action-day-2009-climate-change.html

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  5. Wonderful post once again! Very heart felt. You have a great writing style.

    I hope you'll stop by and read mine.

    I think it's important to share in the knowledge and pass it around. The more we know, the more we can do something about it.

    Yanic

    http://greentobe.blogspot.com/2009/10/blog-action-day-2009-understanding-food.html

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  6. Something about Blog Action Day reminded me of Seneca, who wrote about 2000 years ago that we mostly have plenty of life, but waste it, so that at the end we complain; isn't it better to use it more wisely up front?

    Also more fun?
    Green Happyness and Seneca

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  7. I love how you've explained climate change in such simple terms...it makes it really accessible and less confusing for those who just want a recap, I think.

    Read my post for today...let me know your thoughts. I agree with your post, but I feel there needs to be more--lots more--to actually change much. I am totally in support of this blog, though, and I think it really makes people do things that can make a difference, even if just in their own community environment :)

    Keep up the awesome work!
    Happy Blog Action Day :)

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  8. Thanks for always engaging everyone in thought provoking issues. For Blog Action day, I found a segment from 60 Minutes that basically sums up our environmental issues: politics getting in the way of changes that desperately need to altered.
    http://www.earthpromise.com/blog/2009/10/we-deserve-the-truth-about-coal-ash/

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  9. I believe that if we focus on Solutions to impact climate change, we can generate positive results. If more of us set our intentions on constructive means, our positive energy will flow into the Universe. Really, it's all about living Green.

    Here's a link to my post:

    http://mysticle.blogspot.com/2009/10/create-change-through-positive-energy.html


    My Stumble Favs: http://mysticle.stumbleupon.com/favorites/

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