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cathy


We have ten years...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Earth's climate is in crisis. There is no debate; no doubt. The actions that we take today and for the coming decade will determine the fate of our planet. There is no longer time to discuss impacts. We need to focus on actions and solutions, and we all have the ability to do this. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will be issuing their first report since 2001 this week. Read what thousands of the world's leading climate change scientists say when it comes out. The United States, Canada and Australia are dragging their feet. The UK is emerging as a leader. Read this to learn about the things our governments and business need and are talking about doing. But we all need to step up independently as well. I pledge, from this day forward, to minimize my impact in every decision and action that I take. I've cancelled a flight to San Fransicso. I was supposed to attend a conference there in April, but I will propose a teleconference instead. I will not be idle and wait for the outcomes, only to know that when my children are grown they will ask the question: "what were you doing about this, mom?"

What are you doing?

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    " but I will propose a teleconference instead. "

    Good for you Cathy! High 5's! I hope others will follow.

  1. Blogger H said:

    I found you. I had been reading your blog for months and when my computer died I lost all my links ... and was so dependent on them that I really could not remember blog names. I found Missbhavens and had a moment of excitement when I remembered you were connected and that you would likely be on her list ... and here you are.

    It is frustrating how many things we can do, many of which are so easy, and don't do. I recently purchased a hybrid car and have been so discouraged that in 6 months I have not seen a sister to my fly-girl in a city of over a million. Everyone is too busy to care it seems. Great idea on the teleconference!

    Happily reading,
    H

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    I will become a half-vegetarian and eat chicken instead of beef. ^_-

    But seriously, I find it incredibly strange how there are still those who don't believe in global warming when there are literally thousands of scientists around the world convinced otherwise. Also, I thought Canada was more progressive in this area. Was I wrong?

    After the "exploding light bulb incident," Dad went and bought some fluorescents, so even my parents are into this. It says on the package I should be 35 before one burns out.

    Keep up the good fight!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I'm so glad you're persistent with this. If only everyone had a bit of Cathy in them ;)
    I don't do much; what I do is try to do the least harm...recycle, walk, public transports, not eat meat, try to buy good stuff instead of plastic chinese crap...no offence to anyone. But I think I'll introduce the concept of eco-friendly detergents in the house :)

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    If everyone did their share we would notice a vast difference but unfortunately there are still too many who don't understand or are turning a blind eye as to the very serious problem there is with the climate.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    If everyone did their share we would notice a vast difference but unfortunately there are still too many who don't understand or are turning a blind eye as to the very serious problem there is with the climate.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    If everyone did their share we would notice a vast difference but unfortunately there are still too many who don't understand or are turning a blind eye as to the very serious problem there is with the climate.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    If everyone did their share we would notice a vast difference but unfortunately there are still too many who don't understand or are turning a blind eye as to the very serious problem there is with the climate.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    If everyone did their share we would notice a vast difference but unfortunately there are still too many who don't understand or are turning a blind eye as to the very serious problem there is with the climate.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    Sheesh, I only clicked published ONCE...it took forever to accept my comment then I see 4 of them! lol Sorry about that Cathy! xox

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    That's just it - I'm not sure what I should be doing to be honest. Not driving a car more than necessary and not littering, of course... But substantialwise...? I'm at a loss and I know I shouldn't be..

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Vote
    Pray
    Eat locally
    Have an opinion

  1. Blogger CiscoKid said:

    All change begins with one person....
    and you are setting the example...
    We will follow.

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    my husband is a biologist so we have been recycling for years. it is amazing how many people deny global warmimg. i cring every time i see trees and land being cleared for another strip mall. it is so crazy.

    did you read my daughter's poem on my blog?

  1. Blogger Rositta said:

    Well, I too have been recycling and composting for years. Dry my clothes outside, use fluorescent bulbs but you know what, all that is just a piddle in the ocean.
    We need $6.00 a galon gas, we need to stop buying stuff especially from countries that are major polluters such as China, we need to give up any vehicle over 4 cylinders; no more SUV's, restrict airline trips to maybe one every two years, etc etc etc.. You get my point. I'm not an expert but I don't trust a single government in the entire world to fix this...oh yes, restrict population growth...ciao

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    I believe that they said there were 10 years to get it sorted before it goes pear-shaped. I am replacing bulbs but that seems such small beer.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

    -Margaret Mead

  1. Blogger barb said:

    Go you guys! I agree, we do our little bit but then feel unsubstantial - but if all of us do our little bit, it adds up.

    We do have a large vehicle, a pickup truck that helps us get things done on the farm - but it's the smaller car that gets used for long drives. We're living a bit of the organic life here on the farm with a garden fertilzed by the bedding of our hens and the only pesticides are the hens themselves, who love nothing better than a nice juicy bug.

    And Cathy - I finally did it, starting my own wee little blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    Awesome post - and I also believe personal responsibility is so important! (Though goverments certainly need to step up!)

    We have replaced all the light bulbs in our house with those weird twisty looking ones. LOL. I know it's good, whatever it is.... And when we get new appliances we have been paying extra to get ones that are "energy star".

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    If only the world thought the way you do, instead of like an ostrich.

  1. Blogger Connie said:

    Dear Cathy,
    You are a good example to follow my friend. Keeping people informed and on their toes about the subject is very helpful.

    Hugs,
    Connie

  1. Anonymous Jennifer said:

    Good post! I've changed over to CF bulbs, recycle, etc. I also don't eat meat--that started just to have a healthier diet, but recently I've learned that cows are responsible for huge amounts of methane emissions... one cow releases 1/2 pound of methane each day. Methane is a stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide (traps 20 times more heat). So eat less beef and help the environment! :-)

  1. Blogger vani said:

    i'm going to be changing our bulbs too, we do recycle..try not to waste food and energy, use less paper, plastics...i agree we all have to do our share.

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