Label: Global Warming

April 18, 2010

                     

When I was in Washington, DC this weekend to speak at the Climate Rally in honor of Earth Day, I picked up this hand-out, provided by The Alliance for Climate Protection, Earth Day Network and The Nature Conservancy.

CONSIDER THESE SOBERING FACTS:

·      Climate change is linked to stronger hurricanes, more drought and increased coral deaths from bleaching.

 

·      One-fourth of the Earth’s species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues at its current rate.

 

·      Oceans span 70% of the Earth’s surface. And only one percent of oceans are protected.

 

·      The current pace of sea-level rise is 50 percent faster than in the last century.

 

THINGS THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS CAN DO:

·      You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide per year by recycling just half of your household waste.

 

·      Plant trees. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.

 

·      Turn down that air conditioner! Air conditioning and heating account for almost HALF of electricity use in the average American home.