Thursday, October 15, 2009

take our planet back

along with being theme thursday today is also blog action day, the topic chosen for both of these cyber gatherings is global climate change, perhaps the most serious threat to our very survival. the mouse is humbled and happy to add her small voice to the thousands of other voices around our beautiful blue planet who are addressing this important issue today. mouse medicine instructs us that in order to attain the big things we must work on the little things - there may be no better place to practice mouse medicine than with the decisions we make each day as we carry out our everyday lives.

Walk or bike instead of driving a car. Cars and trucks run on fossil fuels, which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In the United States, automobiles produce over 20 percent of total carbon emissions. Walk or bike and you?ll save one pound of carbon for every mile you travel.
more tips on what each of us can do to help our climate are here

Polar bears are on thin ice because their arctic home is threatened. The climate has been getting warmer and polar ice is melting. It is more difficult for polar bears to hunt seals because bears need the ice to stand and rest. The result is bears and cubs are starving and drowning in the wild.
read more about climate change & polar bears

Burning coal for electricity is a leading source of global warming pollution in the US. Emissions from coal combustion for electricity contribute 32% of US CO2 emissions. The CO2 emissions from this coal combustion are larger than the emissions from gasoline and diesel transportation, which together contribute 27% of US CO2 emissions.

Coal is also disproportionately more polluting than other fuels used in the US to produce electricity. 83% of the CO2 emissions produced from making electricity come from coal even though coal is the fuel source for only about half of US electricity generation. Per unit of electricity produced, CO2 emissions from coal are more than 1.5 times those of natural gas, the other major fossil fuel source of electricity in the US.

from Reality.com

Climate change is probably the most serious, long term threat our planet is facing. The evidence of it is all around us. The sea ice in the Arctic has shrunk by more than 386,000 square miles: all over the globe glaciers are melting: the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1991: and sea levels are rising, which increase the likelihood of flooding and death.
from You Can Save the Planet (2007) by J. Wines

Some estimates claim that dryers use at least 6 percent of all household electricity consumption, but Alexander Lee, who runs the Web site Project Laundry List, claims that dryers probably consume three times as much energy because the federal estimates don’t consider actual use at laundromats and in multifamily homes.
from Laundry Wars: The Clothesline Debate

Recycling and waste reduction are related to climate change. The energy used in the industrial processing of virgin materials and in their transportation, involves burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and coal, all major sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. While manufacturing goods from recycled materials still requires energy, it is much less than extracting, processing, and transporting virgin raw materials. Recycling and waste reduction also avoid emissions caused by incinerators and landfills which produce large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane (21 times more potent than carbon dioxide). Waste reduction and recycling also slow the harvesting of forests, which act as carbon sinks, meaning they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
more on recycling and climate change


being green is as easy as shopping at your local thrift shop - after all, isn't the expression reduce, reuse, recycle!! go here for 23 must know tips for thrift store shopping

check out the other bloggers who are addressing climate change today go here for theme thursday players and here for blog action day players (at last count, blog action day had 7, 596 blogs in 139 countries registered!)

will.i.am. take our planet back


all the photos included in today's post have been taken in and around cleveland, ohio, planet earth

think global, act local

oh, the mouse is scurrying about and will return to her nest next week. I do look forward to catching up on the bloggyhood when I return - I am sad to have missed the ball at willow manor, from the little I've seen so far it was great fun ....and completely carbon free!

20 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

wonderful, enlightening, visually delicious!

And uplifting!

Tom said...

lot o info! i know where i work, paper use seems to have doubled in the years after computers were supposed to eliminate paper...right.

Brian Miller said...

what a great post. lots of info an links. there are a few small changes, that is we all made would make a profound impact. loved the vid!

Betsy said...

You have some great thoughts here...I just hit our thrift store this week! It's amazing what others don't want!

Roy said...

Good work, Kim. Heh, heh! I have no choice but to shop in thrift stores these days! BTW, love the shot of the bicycle with the "One less SUV" sticker!

Kate Hanley said...

Great post on climate change. I, for one, am a great believer in thrift stores (mostly because I'm cheap) and I do try to use public transpo whenever I can but I can always try harder.

pink dogwood said...

I love this post - I try to do my part - little things - I compost, I dry my clothes indoors on drying racks, I carry my own bags to the stores.

tut-tut said...

Great post and links, Kim. The laundry issue is especially important. Did you see the article in Sunday's NY Times? I think I have a link to it on FB.

...mmm... said...

As i currently have no car I walk a lot anyway!

...mmm... said...

good insights, btw.

Wings said...

Wonderful, indeed, but I expected no less. :)

Poetikat said...

That is arguably the best shot of a polar bear that I have ever seen!
I LIVE in thrift stores.

e said...

Wonderful post, Mouse...

Enjoy your scurrying...but hurry back.

Nancy said...

I'm so sorry I missed this call to action, but I agree with all of your points.

Dakota Bear said...

Great post with representative photos.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Been out of the loop with deadline... catching up. What a great information blog with all the statistics...I work at it but often forget the numbers.
Thanks for posting on John's birthday... and Yoko looks so very beautiful. -J

rosedale's 4head said...

way great! we make the smallest part of our living off thrift stores - we are still vendors at Grand Prairie Texas's biggest flea market - Trader's Village! We're still there every weekend: rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine - we even sell on the brink of tornadoes--

Baino said...

IT's true, the small things make a huge difference, especially when millions do small things to make a difference.

Dreamhaven said...

Every little bit helps to wear away the carbon footprints we leave behind. Great post

Marianna said...

Truly an amazing post for this serious topic!

xoxo