Climate Change

Our Days After Earth Day 2010

The 40th annual Earth Day was a success, with an estimated one billion people in 190 countries participating in some way, according to Earth Day’s website.  Many people are forming green teams, dedicated to finding cost-effective ways to promote sustainability. Doing simple things such as printing on two sides of paper, and using a reusable water bottle rather than buying a new container each time you drink coffee or water.  A stainless steel travel mug is the best option for this, so you can avoid the toxic effects that plastic water bottles have been found to give.

environmental conservationMeanwhile, the three day World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of the Mother Earth wrapped up in Cochabamba Bolivia.  This conference largely grew out of how so many NGO’s were barred from any official dialogue at Copenhagen.  Over 30,000 people participated in Bolivia and the conference resulted in a wide recognition that a world referendum is needed on climate change, a climate justice tribunal, and the protection of the rights of Mother Earth.  Several people blogged about the conference.   Hopefully they will accomplish an agreement at the summit planned to be held in Mexico later this year.  Their bottom line is that they want to establish a legal framework for protecting our increasingly threatened natural environment and raising the global consciousness about Mother Earth, on which we all depend for life.

Now that so many people are on board, what are some of the things we can do going forward?  This being the Friday File, what’s fun?

holding treeSustainability can be fun if we take the right attitude to it.  My current stainless steel travel mug is decorated with zebra stripes with a pink border, and I love using it.  Look at lists of things we can do, such as on Earth Day’s website, and make a fun version of it.

If you’d like some inspiration, check out National Geographic’s website that shows some fun ways that Earth Day has been celebrated over the years.

And sometimes activities can be fun just because we’re helping our home planet and making a difference.

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