Earth Hour is an event led by World Wildlife Fund in which millions of people around the world will unite by turning out their lights for one hour to make a bold statement of concern about our planet and climate change.
Sure - what the heck is turning the lights off for 1 hour going to save? Not much, but the point of Earth Hour is to get people talking. Earth Hour seeks to provide a forum in which people can engage on climate issues and find ways in their own lives to become part of the solution to this global threat. Maybe this will even help encourage a few of us to focus on our every day impact.
Impacts of Climate Change
- Because of climate change, the loss of Arctic sea ice is destroying the habitats of polar bears and walruses, threatening their survival.
- Because of climate change, In the Caribbean, warmer temperatures are skewing gender ratios of sea turtles, undermining the stability of the species.
- Because of climate change winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing could become a thing of the past in many areas of the US.
- From trout fishing in Montana to waterfowl hunting in Arkansas, many recreational activities enjoyed by Americans are at risk from climate change.
- Most of us will experience climate change in the form of extreme weather: floods, droughts, heat waves and stronger storms and hurricanes.
- Globally, climate change is causing glacial melt, sea level rise, loss of Arctic sea ice, increased insect infestation, wider spread of diseases and extreme weather events.
Understanding your carbon footprint
- Most greenhouse gases are caused by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity generation and transportation.
- Deforestation is another major driver of climate change, responsible for more carbon pollution than the entire global transportation sector.
- A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of carbon pollution produced.
- Simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint include: walk more, use public transportation, only buy what you need and recycle.
Tips to living green
- Purchase energy efficient appliances. They cut carbon pollution and save you money!
- Make sure your dishwasher and washing machine are always full before you run them as this will save energy and money
- Weather-proofing your home is a great way to save energy. Caulk your doors and windows, add insulation or add shades to use in the summer!
- Leaving your computer for awhile? Put it on stand-by & it will take less energy than shutting down and restarting
- Fix leaking faucets. The constant drip wastes water, energy and money, so repair them as soon as possible.
- Eat more veggies! On average, it takes nearly 10 times as much fossil fuel to produce animal protein compared to plant protein
- Unplug appliances and phone charges when they aren’t in use. If they’re plugged in, they’re drawing energy and costing you money.
Join me by signing up for Earth Hour at www.EarthHour.org.