July 13, 2010
October 10, 2010: a day for local actions and global solutions
If you’re yearning for solutions to climate change and environmental degradation, mark October 10 – 10/10/10 – on your calendar.
That’s the day www.350.org is organizing work parties all over the world to tackle solutions through local actions. From solar panels to community gardens to wind turbines to bike workshops: people will be working together to share information and implement the types of solutions our planet so desperately needs. If you’re ready to turn your good intentions into great actions, why not take part? Your planet needs you!
Register here to join or lead a local activity – in your community, school, workplace, faith community or home.
Click here for great project ideas, big and small.
And click here to see a slideshow about 10/10/10 and learn what the 350 stands for.
Help make 10/10/10 a turning point. Think globally, act locally!
December 7, 2009
The long awaited Copenhagen Climate Change Conference kicked off yesterday. It’s a critical moment, one that will test our global community’s ability – and desire – to work together to solve a problem that will impact every single human on Earth.
This week, a few visuals worth watching:
From 1992, “The Girl Who Silenced the World” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQmz6Rbpnu0, a twelve year old’s powerful message to world leaders gathering for the Rio Earth Summit.
“The Story of Stuff” http://www.storyofstuff.com/, a frank look at where stuff comes from and where it ends up – worth thinking about during this ‘season of stuff’.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to 500 young people about climate change. To me, their bright, young faces represent hope and promise for the future. For their sake and the sake of all youth everywhere, let’s hope our leaders gathering in Copenhagen get it right.
In the news
Check out this editorial http://www.thestar.com/news/sciencetech/environment/copenhagensummit/article/735124–star-joins-global-climate-crusade calling for action from world leaders on climate change, published yesterday by 56 newspapers around the world in 20 languages.
Sometimes short-term cheap comes with a much larger long-term cost. http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/magazine/article/873098
June 3, 2009
According to Statistics Canada, eight of ten Canadians count themselves among a faith community. Faith communities – be they Christian, Jew, Muslim or other – can be tremendous forces for change and social progress. Since environmental stewardship is consistent with the teachings of virtually every faith, faith communities can play a huge role in ‘spreading the word’ and ‘being the change’.
If you are a member of a faith community, there are plenty of resources out there to help:
http://www.faith-commongood.net is an interfaith organization based in Toronto to provide guidance toward improved sustainability
http://www.theregenerationproject.org is a California-based interfaith group with similar objectives and an information-filled website
More ideas for ways faith groups can combat global warming are available here: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/04/faith_earth_day.html , and a full column on the subject is here: http://tribunenb.canadaeast.com/rss/article/687165.
In the news
Huge new solar power projects are planned for Australia and Argentina – harnessing the free, limitless energy of the sun.
The UK is taking bold steps toward more efficient housing. By 2016, all new homes are expected to be net-zero (producing as much energy as they consume), and smart meters will be installed on all homes by 2020.