WX-Man’s Perspective is very happy to join other Erie Bloggers, Outside Erie, eriepressible™, and So anyway… (Where I first heard about Blog Action Day), and over 15,000 other blogs world wide on Blog Action Day to talk about the Environment. Whether you are a die hard environmentalist or have serious questions about man’s role in global warming and climate change we all need to be good stewards to our planet and keep it clean and healthy. It is our home and it needs us as much as we need it.
There is so much information on what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. My wife and I recycle, we changed our light bulbs to more energy efficient ones, and do a lot of errands on one trip. Those are just a few and here are a list of sites with some very good tips on how to be environmentally friendly…
- Daily Green
- EPA: What you can do?
- NIEHS Kid’s Page: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Tips from An Inconvenient Truth
Every week I get an email from an organization called Earth Gauge every week focusing on the environment and they give tips that meteorologist, especially those on television, can get viewers active in protecting our family. I think I will take the time each week to post them here… Here is the one I received this week:
Earth Gauge: Don’t Trash Electronics
It is estimated that more than 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years, and that mobile phones will be thrown away at a rate of 130 million per year! Computer monitors, TVs, and other electronics that are sent to landfills contain lead, mercury, and other contaminants that can leach into groundwater supplies when it rains or snows, putting our water quality at risk.
Viewer Tip: Before throwing away old computers, televisions, or cell phones, check to see if there are recycling centers in your area. You may also consider donating electronics in working order to charities or others who can reuse them. Visit www.cleanup.org for listings of recycling and donation centers in your community.
Most importantly I think knowledge is really the key. Understanding how our climate works. The difference between weather and climate and how just understanding the climate we currently live in. As a scientist I want to know all the information I can so I can make an informed decision and I have had a Global Warming Blogroll on the left side of my site for some time now, but here are some good blogs dedicated to climate change:
- AccuWeather.com Global Warming Blog
- The Weather Channel Climate Change Blog
- The Weather Channel Forecast Earth Site
- Real Climate
- Climate Audit
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
As I was reading some of the Blog Action Day post here in Erie, there was one comment that really caught my attention from Emma at eriepressible™. After providing a list of ideas on how to be more green from the Inconvenient Truth web site she went on to note one of the thing she has been doing to be green.
In addition to those listed above, Al and I do other things to conserve energy and make less of a negative impact on the environment, but the biggest thing we’ve done to help the environment is that we didn’t have any kids.
I will have to say that there is some truth in that. Less people will use less resources. In a paper released in early May of 2007 the Optimum Population Trust stated, “Having large families should be frowned upon as an environmental misdemeanour in the same way as frequent long-haul flights, driving a big car and failing to reuse plastic bags,” and “if couples had two children instead of three they could cut their family’s carbon dioxide output by the equivalent of 620 return flights a year between London and New York.”
There was more in the Australian News Network on May 7, 2007 titled, “Children ‘bad for planet’” where they interview the co-chairman of OPT, John Guillebaud:
“The effect on the planet of having one child less is an order of magnitude greater than all these other things we might do, such as switching off lights.
“The greatest thing anyone in Britain could do to help the future of the planet would be to have one less child.”
In his latest comments, the academic says that when couples are planning a family they should be encouraged to think about the environmental consequences.
“The decision to have children should be seen as a very big one and one that should take the environment into account,” he added.
Professor Guillebaud says that, as a general guideline, couples should produce no more than two offspring.
What do you think of this study? Are people like my wife and I, who happen to have three children of our own, bad people despite some of the efforts we take to keep the environment clean? I now open this Blog Action Day post to all those who want to weigh in on Global Warming and Climate change… Thank you for reading.