Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yep, we were tricked!

Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma recently said that 2009 was a year of fraud since its summer was a bit cooler than usual, and, as a result, global warming isn't true!

Okay. Just to let everyone know, whether or not you believe in global warming, you have to admit that driving your car when you could've just walked the block to the store or leaving the faucet running when not needed is seriously bad for our environment. It seems that no matter what everyone's beliefs about global warming are, everyone still seems to forget that our resources aren't infinite.

So, no matter what your stance is, know that it's proven that smog can give kids severe asthma or that the ocean is acidifying and destroying its own precious ecosystems in the process. Now, you can't deny that--can't you?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Doing what they do best!


As a lot of you may know, the Copenhagen (COP15) Conference will start in about two weeks from now. Some people were optimistic that this meeting would actually do something to halt and reduce carbon emissions and make a change in our environment. If this actually occurs, then we're almost guaranteed that the ocean acidification and extinctions rates will slow down (HOPEFULLY). Well, then there's the other side. The pessimists that think that this conference won't be pushing enough for a dramatic change. I was an optimist--until I read this article.

All I have to say is, REALLY?!

I can't believe Obama doesn't believe in Copenhagen. Does he not remember Kyoto? Because the US didn't support the Kyoto Protocol, it was rendered useless?

Really?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

COP 15--coming very soon!

I was Google searching 'Copenhagen Climate Conference' today (because the Digg search bar wasn't working, curses!) When I came across an article on TreeHugger.com publicizing a huge group of environmental experts taking a train ride from Tokyo all the way to Copenhagen for the COP 15 conference that's set to start in about a month. The train ride's main purpose is to encourage people to take more trips on trains than on airplanes, I guess. Honestly, I could care less.

I'm a huge fan of the Tree Hugger, don't get me wrong. It has some really interesting articles most of the time with tips on how to be more ecofriendly, but this article failed, and I was really disappointed. You couldn't write more on the importance of public transportation on the climate? Why should I even care about the people on the train? Seriously, Tree Hugger people, you weren't convincing at all and you made the article sound half-assed. I guess, we all have to be disappointed with the people over at COP15 (aka our world leaders!), too, for not making better efforts to notify the public about this event.

If you want to win consumers over to the let's-fight-global-warming team, you have to let them know all the events in which you're involved. Just because you're a member of the UN or a famous politician, doesn't mean that you don't have to publicize your events because of all your star power. Publicizing is KEY, especially since there are a lot of people who are very iffy about global warming.

The biggest problem that the COP15 and advocates who fight climate change face is that they're too passive-aggressive with everything. We seriously need to take a stand against these kinds of people. To do this, we can publicize everything we do that helps the environment to let people know that even if they might not believe in global warming, we shouldn't be wasteful because our precious resources are running out. This lets everyone know that climate change and resource preservation is a topic that's important to everyone. Letting everyone know all the things you do can really help speed up the process and make everyone care more. Let's do it together!

Send pictures of you recycling, making crazy contraptions that are ecofriendly, etc to fightingextinction@gmail.com, and I'll post your pictures here! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

5 'Wacky' Forms of Energy

Here is a list of 5 wacky forms of energy, which one is your favorite or the one you find most interesting? Read the article and let me know!

Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Tomorrow's a holiday :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lazarus species

Ah, finally, my hell week is over! :) I finished all my midterms, hopefully, things will slow down for a bit..

Anyway, I learned something new today--I swear I don't learn anything from my classes, only from researching for this blog. Do you know what a Lazarus specie is? It's a specie that was thought to be extinct until, one sunny day, a random person happens to run across it. Well, it's something like that, and a scientist would never use those words, but I think it's an interesting topic. Some of the animals are funny looking or just plain creepy (like the coelacanth), and I thought maybe you guys would like them.

Speaking of which, I want to thank everyone who has been visiting this blog! Just within the past two days, traffic has increased like 2,000%. I'm glad to see that at least one other person is interested in this cause! Just let me know how I'm doing! :)

Cheers, and have a safe/fun Friday :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

1203 is our magic number!

EcoWorldly.com recently posted a story of the 10 countries that have the biggest list of endangered species, and guess what? The US is the number 2 on the list with the most endangered species! Way to go.

Here's one of the species on the list:



Hopefully, you can sense the sarcasm.

Localvorism

Hi, guys. It's midterm week for me :( but surprisingly, I'm not all that stressed (well, I was, to be honest). THANKFULLY, I have a wonderful TA and professor (my other two just suck at teaching).

Anyway, if you haven't already heard of this guy or read his book, you should definitely Google search Michael Pollan or read his book The Omnivore's Dilemma, (actually, do both!). It's a wonderful and interesting book on America's food industry, and, unlike Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me (it took me awhile to remember the names), the book wasn't written to gross you out.



The book is really informative and it's one of my favorite books that I've read. It addresses the subject of organic foods, our obsession with corn, and much more.

One of the main points from the book that I just want to touch on is localvorism. Until a year ago, I didn't even know what that word was. A localvore is someone who eats food grown locally--so, if you buy a lot of your food from farmer's markets or from supermarkets like Henry's, then you're a localvore! Being a localvore is one of the best things you can do for the environment because the transportation of your food doesn't emit a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. Most, if not all, of the food producers are directly in your area.

Additionally, eating locally is really healthy for you because most of the producers probably also grow and sell organic foods, which brings me to another point. Organic doesn't always mean environmentally friendly! Have you ever thought about where your organic foods come from? Think about it: If you buy an organic tomato grown in Mexico, but you live in Montana, is that really saving the environment? Sure, it benefits the short-term costs of your health, but, in the long-run, the environment suffers greatly.

So, that's why localvorism is better than buying from your neighborhood Whole Foods or the like. Plus, engaging in localvorism directly helps farmers more! If you don't know how to get started on this cool trend, visit LocalHarvest.org for a list of farmer's markets near you!