Click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eyJevf-Blg&feature=youtu.be
One billion animals are currently estimated dead in the fires burning in Australia. The entire town of Paradise, California recently burnt to the ground. The map below depicts recent fires around the world. Every tiny dot represents an out-of-control wildfire. Planet Earth is on fire.
On August 25, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. An estimated 1,833 people died. Fourteen years later the city is still trying to recover. Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, October 29, 2012. It did $70.2 billion in economic damage and destroyed some 650,000 homes.
According to Live Science, “Coral reefs in the central and western Pacific are disappearing twice as fast as rainforests are on land—faster than was previously thought, a new study says.”
Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s growing worse day by day and year by year.
Speaking of ice bergs, recent studies are revealing that in some locations, glaciers are melting 100 times faster than originally thought.
As most people know, my passion is my wild brothers and sisters. Unfortunately, global climate change is having a huge negative impact on them, not only in Australia, but around the globe. Did I mention the human race? The tragedy unleashed on wildlife is also taking its toll on human populations, and that includes you, me, our children, and our grand children, as well as those still unborn.
It’s important that we, as citizens of Planet Earth, stand up, speak out, and let our voices be heard. Our representatives in Congress need to hear from us. It’s past time they stand up and say NO to lobbyists representing the petroleum and coal industries.
We have a presidential election scheduled this year. Please join me and cast your vote, not only for President, but for those candidates running for Congress and Senate.
In Colorado, March 3 is Super Tuesday. On that day, we’ll vote for the person we want to see on the November ballot for President.
A few days later in Colorado, on Saturday, March 7, the Democratic and Republican Caucus’ will take place. Here, voters will elect delegates to County Assembly based on their U.S. Senate candidate preference. It’s here, at one of the Democratic Caucus’, where I will speak out and caucus for Andrew Romanoff. Andrew is strong, very strong, on fighting climate change. In fact he is so strong, the first video for his U.S. Senate campaign deals with global climate change.
Primary election in Colorado, will take place Tuesday, June 30. Andrew Romanoff’s name will appear on this ballot, and at this time you can vote for him. Your vote will help determine whether or not his name appears on the November ballot.
Our Presidential election takes place Tuesday, November 3. Andrew Romanoff’s strong stand on Global Climate Change is the main reason I’ll be casting my vote for him as the next U.S. Senator from Colorado. As for President, I hope to be casting my vote for Bernie Sanders. If for some unforeseen event, Bernie’s name is not on the Ballot, I’ll vote for whoever the Democratic candidate happens to be. In any event, that person will be a thousand time better President than the person that holds that office now.
The following article was published on a website produced by the Earth Science Communications Team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I think you’ll find it very interesting, as well as sobering.
Is it too late to prevent climate change?
In the absence of major action to reduce emissions, global temperature is on track to rise by an average of 6 °C (10.8 °F), according to the latest estimates. Some scientists argue a “global disaster” is already unfolding at the poles of the planet; the Arctic, for example, may be ice-free at the end of the summer melt season within just a few years. Yet other experts are concerned about Earth passing one or more “tipping points” – abrupt, perhaps irreversible changes that tip our climate into a new state.
But it may not be too late to avoid or limit some of the worst effects of climate change. Responding to climate change will involve a two-tier approach: 1) “mitigation” – reducing the flow of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; and 2) “adaptation” – learning to live with, and adapt to, the climate change that has already been set in motion. The key question is: what will our emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants be in the years to come? Recycling and driving more fuel-efficient cars are examples of important behavioral change that will help, but they will not be enough. Because climate change is a truly global, complex problem with economic, social, political and moral ramifications, the solution will require both a globally-coordinated response (such as international policies and agreements between countries, a push to cleaner forms of energy) and local efforts on the city- and regional-level (for example, public transport upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, sustainable city planning, etc.). It’s up to us what happens next.
Here’s a comprehensive list of 26 easy things you can do that will go a long way in our fight against global climate change. Who knows, it may even keep us from seeking colonization on another planet.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. They consume 70% less energy than ordinary bulbs and have a longer lifetime.
- Drive Less: Not only will you save fuel, you will be helping reduce global warming. Consider carpooling. If you have colleagues who live in the same area then you can combine trips. If you need to go to a local market then either walk or go by cycle.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Landfills are the major contributor of methane and other greenhouse gases. Reduce the need to buy new products resulting in a smaller amount of waste. If you need to buy, consider buying eco-friendly products. It is most effective of the three R’s. Reuse bottles, plastic containers, bread ties and other items bought at the grocery store. Recycling unwanted paper, bottles, etc. is a great earth saving tip. If possible, up-cycle tables, furniture, and other outdated items. You can recycle almost anything for e.g.: paper, aluminum foils, cans, newspapers.
- Go Solar: Many people have caught the energy efficient bandwagon of solar energy. Having solar panels installed is something readily possible and available. Incentives and discounts given by government agencies and energy companies make solar energy something to look into.
- Purchase Energy-Efficient Appliances: Energy-efficient products can help you to save energy, money and reduce your carbon footprint.
- Use Less Hot Water: Purchase energy saving geysers and dishwasher for your home. Avoid washing clothes in hot water. Wash them in cold or warm water. Avoid taking frequent showers and use less hot water.
- Don’t purchase products with lots of packaging. Also, discourage others from buying such products.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat: The easiest and most cost-effective advice is simply lower your thermostat 2 degrees in the winter (wear extra layers) and 1 degree up in the summer.
- Turn Off Lights: If you’re not using a room, there’s no need for the light to be on.
- Turn off Electronic Devices: Turn these off when you are moving out for a couple of days. Unnecessary usage of electronic appliances will not only save fuel (coal by which we get electricity), but also increase the lifetime of your gadgets.
- Plant a Tree. This can help more in reducing global warming than any other method. Trees not only give oxygen but also take in carbon dioxide during the process of photosynthesis. Carbon dioxide is the main source of global warming.
- Use Clean Fuel: Electric, smart cars, cars run on vegetable oil, etc. are great examples for using renewable energy. Supporting companies that provide these products will encourage the rest of the mainstream manufacturing companies to convert over.
- Look for Renewable Fuel Options: If you can’t afford an electric car, purchase the cleanest gasoline as possible. When car shopping, look at the benefits of options that provide renewable fuel. Although it may be a pretty penny now, you’re on the ground level of forwarding thinking.
- Replace Filters on Air Conditioner and Furnace: Cleaning a dirty air filter can save several pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
- Water is the life-blood of Mother Earth. If we added up the water wasted by the millions of Americans brushing their teeth, we could provide water to more than 23 nations with unclean, drinking water. A quick 5-minute shower will greatly conserve energy. The type of shower head used, will also aid water conservation. Remember, showers use less water than baths by 25%. Over the course of a year that’s hundreds of gallons saved.
- Stop Idling Your Car: It might be freezing outside, but unless your car is buried in snow, start your car as usual.
- Eat Less Beef: Besides carbon dioxide, methane introduced into the air by cattle contributes to global warming.
- Use Clothesline to dry your clothes.
- Eat Naturally: Not only do the health benefits speak wonders for those who eat naturally, it cuts down the energy costs used by factories who produce processed food.
- Reuse Towels: Hang towels to dry, instead of popping them back in the wash after a few uses.
- Make sure tires are inflated properly when you drive. Keep your engine properly tuned and drive less aggressively. Aggressive driving and frequent applying of brakes hampers the engine and can even lower your gas mileage.
- Take Lunch in Tupperware: Each time you throw away that brown paper sack, more are being produced in a factory as we speak.
- Wrap your water heater in insulation: By keeping the energy in the water heater condensed, less energy is emitted into the air. This not only helps the earth but your pocketbook.
- Contact a home energy audit company and have an audit done for your home. This will help identify areas that consume a lot of energy.
- Spread Awareness: Try your best to educate people about global warming and its causes and after effects. Tell them how they can contribute their part by saving energy that will be good for the environment. Gather opportunities and establish programs that will help you to share information with friends, relatives, and neighbors.