Hallo Salon mates!
On Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 8:30 p.m. local time, I am taking part in Earth Hour—an event led by World Wildlife Fund in which millions of people around the world will unite by turning out their lights for one hour to make a bold statement of concern about our planet and climate change.
Earth Hour started three years ago in Sydney, Australia and is now the largest event of its kind in the world. Nearly one billion people from 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents participated last year and, with your help, Earth Hour 2010 can be even bigger.
During Earth Hour, international landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower and Great Pyramids have gone dark alongside the city skylines of Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and more. To see it for yourself, check out this video: http://www.myearthhour.org/earth-hour-video.
But Earth Hour isn’t just for national landmarks and big cities—anyone can participate, whether it be individuals like you and me or schools, businesses, organizations, and our state and local governments. I hope you will join me for this amazing event and help send a message that the time for action on climate change is now. To sign up and start spreading the word, visit www. EarthHour.org.
Please help me spread the word. Let’s switch off our lights and send a powerful message: by working together, each of us can make a positive impact in the fight against climate change.
Composting: A process whereby organic wastes, including paper, food scraps and yard trimmings, decompose naturally, resulting in a product rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming. Try composting at home, or contribute your organic matter to a community garden.
get going: A great introduction to composting: http://www.compostguide.com
Carbon trading: Carbon offsets for the corporate set. A central authority (usually a government or international body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted. Companies or other groups are issued emission permits, which represent the right to emit a specific amount. If a company must exceed its cap, it must buy credits from those who pollute less. In effect, a “trade” is taking place: the buyer is paying a charge for polluting, while the seller is being rewarded for having reduced emissions by more than was needed.
If you’re itching for a new creative outlet, consider taking up a constructive hobby, such as knitting, sewing, quilting or weaving or making personal-care products, such as soap and bath oils. Learning to make beautiful, useful objects for your own home and family and to give as gifts means fewer things to buy, and more control over the materials you’re bringing into your life ans others’. Even learning to cook is inherently green, because it means you’ll rely less on takeout and dining out in restaurants.
cradle to cradle: A way of thinking that provides an alternative to traditional “cradle to grave” product life cycle. “Cradle to to cradle” products are modeled on nature, with their materials perpetually circulated in closed loops in order to maximise their value without damaging ecosystems.
Shred some of the office waste paper in your recycling bin to make packing material (or confetti!).
All-natural: A marketing claim. United States Department of Agriculture guidelines state that “natural” meat and poultry products can only undergo minimal processing and cannot contain artificial colours, artificial flavours, preservatives, or other artificial ingredients. The claim “natural” is otherwise unregulated.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): GMOs are plants and animals that have had their genetic makeup altered to exhibit traits that are not naturally theirs. In general, genes are taken (copied) from one organism that shows a desired trait and transferred into the genetic code of another organism. Genetic modification is currently allowed in conventional farming.