Tuesday, September 8, 2009

g is for greenhouse

greenhouses are good

greenhouse gases are not.

The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait.

AL GORE, speech at National Sierra Club Convention, Sept. 9, 2005

photos: massive greenhouse project in lofty pennsylvania, july 2009; ideas (click to enlarge) for what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint and help reduce greenhouse gases which contribute to global climate change, 2009 burning river festival, august 2009

a 2 minute video primer on the greenhouse effect


Megan said...

Tee hee who wrote, "Drop 50 lbs" ?!?

That's a very cool greenhouse shot.

Alan Burnett said...

The problem I always have with carbon footprints and environmental impact assessments is what is supposed to be good and what is not. Are these vast plastic greenhouses good for the environment?

mum said...

Totally agree with the actions suggested.

Alan Burnett's comment prompts this link to the Spanish greenhouses. It tells the story in three photos - the last one being of the workers in these greenhouses. Most of them are illegal immigrants living in clandestinity - I need say no more about their wages and living conditions. If the Almeria cost is 'wealthy' now, it's at the cost of a depleted water table, the leeching of pesticides and dismal working and living conditions for the greenhouse workers.

As with everything else, it's all about balancing need vs greed, yes?

best to you, kimy.


New Yorker wannabes said...

Thanks for sharing the video! We need to take action that's for sure...


mouse (aka kimy) said...

megan - I didn't see who offered up that idea.

alan - as mum shows there are some vast plastic greenhouses about, and yes lots of balancing issues to consider.

in the case of the greenhouses that I showcased, I don't believe they are constructed of plastic, and if you knew their location I believe you would be saying bravo. this area of pennsylvania has a history of coal mining (most of it strip mining) which is terribly destructive to the environment on all sorts of levels. the burning of coal for energy is a significant contributor to greenhouse gases

marianna - glad you found the vid helpful, it did get in a lot in a very small amount of time and used a very accessible format.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

p.s. mum forgot to thank you for the link! I was not aware of this particular social issue

greed vs need, indeed!

thank you for the great comment!