Saving Our Planet

recycle2.jpgIn 1990, I went on a 5 week camping trip around the country and into Canada with 27 other Geology students and 1 professor. We squeezed into 2 vans and explored our National Parks, Great Lakes, rivers, plains, mountains…it was amazing!!! America is such a beautiful country!

When we visited the Athabasca Glacier in The Canadian Rockies, we could see how fast the glacier was retreating. There were stone markers with years on them, showing where the glacier used to be. As the Earth is getting warmer, glaciers all over are retreating. In many areas, this is causing the ocean levels to rise. Waterfront property today may be underwater property tomorrow!

If we reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere, we will help stop Global Warming.
Here are a few things that we can do (and teach our kids to do) to help stop Global Warming.

Change a light – Replacing 1 regular light bulb with a compact florescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

Drive less – Walk, bike, carpool or take mass transit more often. You’ll save 1 pound of carbon dioxide for every mile you don’t drive.

Recycle more – You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

Check your tires – Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more than 3%.
Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

Use less hot water – It takes a lot of energy to heat water. Use less hot water by installing a low flow showerhead (350 pounds of CO2 saved per year) and washing your clothes in cold or warm water (500 pounds saved per year).

Avoid products with a lot of packaging – You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by 10%.

Adjust your thermostat – Move your thermostat just 2 degrees in winter and up 2 degrees in summer. You could save about 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple adjustment.

Plant a tree – A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

Turn off electronic devices – Turning off your tv, dvd player, stereo and computer when you’re not using them will save you thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

I found this list at climatecrisis.org. If you’d like to do more, check out this list of 27 Small Things You Can Do to Stop Global Warming

At StopGlobalWarming.org, you can join the 722,617 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now.

Robin Sig

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