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Earth Hour 2011

by Liz

Today is the day where over 120 participating countries goes dark for one hour.  At 8:30pm tonight the Eiffle Tower will go dark, Buckingham Palace, LAX, CN Tower, Manchester United Stadium, Empire State Building, Parliament Hill, Golden Gate Bridge, and so many more iconic buildings around the world will turn off non-essential lights and electricity for one hour.

Now what can you do?  Wherever you are in the world, turn off the lights and appliances from 8:30 to 9:30 pm tonight, March 26, 2011.  Since moving to a new city I don’t have too many friends yet and a small place, but if I did I would have a party held by candlelight!  Wherever I will end up I will be in the dark.  Others are going to a candlelight yoga class.  Some are going to their city’s planned Earth Hour events.  Whatever you do make sure it is in the dark!  Earth Hour spreads awareness of climate change.  It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 by the World Wildlife Foundation and reaches 1.3 billion.  We have the power to spread awareness!


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Weather Related Disasters and Climate Change

by Liz

Right now there is a devastating cyclone hitting Northern Queensland.  I spent a year living in Townsville, Queensland and have many friends there without power, hiding in their basements hoping that Cyclone Yasi doesn’t blow their roof off or that storm surges don’t flood their homes.  If you remember just a short while ago, around Christmas, Northern Queensland was dealing with crazy floods from which they are still recovering from.  These disasters are happening way too often and on bigger scales and they are not just in Australia. Storms and natural disasters are happening all over the world from Australia to the USA.  These disasters are costing billions of dollars to clean up and years for some areas to get back to normal, if at all.

“The last 30 years have yielded four times as many weather-related disasters as the first three-quarters of the 20th century combined.” (Onuf, The Origins of the Federal Republic, p.145)  The last thirty years or so just happen to be the years where the world has grown and we have damaged the environment, to what some would argue is beyond repair. “One hundred eleven hurricanes formed in the tropical Atlantic between 1995 and 2008, a rise of 75 percent over the previous thirteen years. They are stronger, stranger.” (McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, p.8) The world is changing and that means attitudes need to change so that we can get Earth back on track so that our children and our children’s children will be able to enjoy Earth like we have.  Everyone needs to do their part from recycling to educating others on why they need to change their attitudes.  We all need to stop and think how our actions are affecting our environment, our world.

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