Monday, July 9, 2007

What is your carbon footprint?

In case you didn't know, we are facing a global crisis. Today in Utah, two wildfires are destroying our beautiful forests. In the past month, in the rest of the United States, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, heatwaves and mudslides have been occurring every day. Soon, it will be hurricane season.

It's sad that so many refuse to admit or realize this is a problem.

This past Saturday, musicians from around the world used their celebrity and talent to increase awareness and raise money for the fight to stop global warming. With former Vice President Al Gore leading the way, a worldwide, 24-hour music jam called Live Earth. The concerts kicked off for a year-long campaign to combat the global climate crisis. Artists like Jack Johnson, Madonna, Snow Patrol, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, James Blunt, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, even the Pussycat Dolls performed to create awareness about this long overlooked issue. I watched some of them online. The performances were inspiring. It's time that everyone stepped up and started doing something to change what is happening.

Take some time and visit the website. Find out what your carbon footprint is. Find out what small and simple steps you can take to help fight global warming. Everyone doing just one thing will make a significant impact. Sign the pledge below. It's up to us to stop this.

1.To demand that my country join an international treaty within the next 2 years that cuts global warming pollution by 90% in developed countries and by more than half worldwide in time for the next generation to inherit a healthy earth;

2.To take personal action to help solve the climate crisis by reducing my own CO2 pollution as much as I can and offsetting the rest to become "carbon neutral;"

3.To fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2;

4.To work for a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of my home, workplace, school, place of worship, and means of transportation;

5.To fight for laws and policies that expand the use of renewable energy sources and reduce dependence on oil and coal;

6.To plant new trees and to join with others in preserving and protecting forests; and,

7.To buy from businesses and support leaders who share my commitment to solving the climate crisis and building a sustainable, just, and prosperous world for the 21st century.