Clear Skies, Healthy People!

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Blue Marble Image

With a Great Planet, Comes Great Responsibility!

Video from the White House on our warming climate:

What can we all do?

  • Always turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use.
  • Drive less: Walk, bike, ride share, Carpool, combine errands, and take public transport.
  • Reduce two-cycle engine pollution:  Add more garden and pollinator friendly plants to reduce your lawn mowing, shovel snow by hand, and choose silent sports. Polluting our air is not cool!!
  • Reduce or eliminate your use of pesticides, and all chemicals. Your family, your pets, birds and butterflies will be much healthier.
  • Reduce or eliminate beef from your diet.  Producing beef uses lots of energy!
  • Recycle all plastics, glass and metal cans, and of course paper.  According to TerraCycle 84% of household waste can be recycled
  • Purchase products made from recycled materials.  This saves energy, trees, water and natural resources. Recycled paper products are the easiest to find.
  • Turn down the thermostat in the winter and reduce air conditioning in the summer. Schedule an energy audit from your local power company for ways your home can be more efficient.
  • Finally, work to elect leaders that believe in Climate Change, and support 970832_10153091136195497_1060532036_nclean renewable energy solutions. 

Doing The Best I Can!

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May was the hottest month on record, with Alaska and India struggling with unheard of heat.  http://ecowatch.com/2015/06/23/heat-waves-hit-planet/2/ May was also the wettest month ever in the United States, but California is in severe drought.

Even Pope Francis is concerned about our warming planet. The pope says for the common good of the planet we should consume less, and reduce our use of paper, plastic, and water. Also, he advocates for less use of our cars and air conditioners. http://www.startribune.com/pope-s-message-on-earth-s-fate-is-a-call-to-action-regardless-of-faith/308943131/  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/opinion/the-pope-and-climate-change.html?_r=0

I love  that the pope gives people specific ways to help our earth. A cute story follows:

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Environmental activist Wangari Maathai, of Climate Reality shares a story about a hummingbird:

“A raging fire is burning in the jungle.

It’s such an overwhelming disaster that all of the animals are watching the conflagration in shock.

A hummingbird says, “I’m going to do something about the fire.”

The hero of this story
The hero of this story

It flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water.

It races back to the fire, where it drops the water on the flames. Back and forth it goes, over and over, while the larger animals — like the elephant whose trunk could deliver so much more water — stand watching.

Eventually they ask the hummingbird, “What do you think you can do? You’re too little!”

Without pausing, the hummingbird answers: “I am doing the best I can!””

The story has a simple point.

 “I may feel insignificant, but I certainly don’t want to be like the animals watching the planet goes down the drain. I will be a hummingbird. I will do the best I can.” — Wangari Maathai

http://www.upworthy.com/in-this-charming-short-story-a-hummingbird-explains-why-we-have-to-at-least-try?c=cr1  (The complete version of this story)

Don’t stand by and watch, do the best you can. What is one thing you are doing to reduce your carbon foot print? Every little bit can add up to a whole lot!

I am doing the best I can!
I am doing the best I can!

Global Heat Record

the first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally. One place was a cold peninsula??
The first two months of 2015 were the hottest on record globally. One place was a cold peninsula??

We are one day passed global earth hour sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Even if you could not participate, I hope you will think of ways to reduce the electricity you use. Working together to cut our use of fossil fuels(Most of our electricity comes from coal) can make a difference!

Like it or not the paradigm is changing. Some news from the week:

http://www.startribune.com/business/297835841.html An Industry That Moves With The Wind

http://www.startribune.com/business/297894931.html  Solar, Not in my Backyard

http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/20/republicans-support-renewable-energy/

http://www.texastribune.org/2015/03/18/georgetown-goes-all-renewable-energy/

https://health4earth.com/easy-things-you-can-do-to-help-stop-climate-change/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/

Transend Violence

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“Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers”         Martin Luther King

We live in a violent world, but we don’t have to make it worse. Don’t reinforce violence in your life. Choose friends that are peaceful and don’t bully others. Avoid violent movies, video games and violent sports events. Turn off the TV, go outside for a walk and look for something new in nature. Enjoy our beautiful earth and the many positive people, pets and wildlife that live here.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Climate March, September 21, New York City

970832_10153091136195497_1060532036_nOn September 21, WWF, Climate Reality, Sierra Club,
350.Org, Health4earth and many others are participating
in the People’s Climate March in New York City.
And we need you to be there with us!
Visit WWF's Website Action Update!
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Dear Friend,

We need your help—for the well-being of all species and especially for your family, friends and community. On September 21, WWF, in partnership with hundreds of other organizations, is participating in the People’s Climate March in New York City. And we need you to be there with us.

The march will kick off a week of climate action in New York and set the tone for world leaders as they head into a United Nations summit on the climate crisis two days later.

This is our moment to take a stand: be a part of a united call to protect our future.Let’s make sure our planet—including the people and species who share it—is rightfully represented at the Summit.

By joining us on September 21, you will help advocate for the health of our planet and make sure our voices are heard in the fight against climate change.

When we act together, we achieve amazing results. History’s great rallies and marches show us—you can make a difference.

Together, we can cultivate a world in which people and nature thrive together. A world with an economy that works for people and the planet. A world safe from the ravages of climate change. A world with clean air and water. A world with healthy communities.

To change everything, we need everyone. Join us by marching in New York City or taking action on that same day from your home town.

http://climaterealityproject.org/blog/were-marching-change-and-we-need-you

I'm going to the march
I'll participate in other ways