Thursday, July 12, 2007

Take the Pledge

Did anyone check out the Earth Day concert on July 7? There were some fantastic performances. Did you take time to take the sign the Live Earth Pledge? If no, it’s not too late. Here’s the pledge:

I pledge:
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.

Click here to sign.

Need convincing?
Read this article from George Monbiot, published in the Guardian on July 3.

Your Carbon Footprint
After taking the pledge, find out the current size of your carbon footprint and find out ways you can cut back. Zerofootprint provides you with a fairly comprehensive carbon calculator and challenges you to reduce your carbon footprint by 10% in one year. Click here to start calculating.

In the News

Oil and gas shortages likely within 5 years: report
The International Energy Agency doesn’t utter ‘peak oil’, but comes close, warning of serious shortfalls in petroleum by 2009. Fasten your seatbelts….

Other News

Green Bloggers

Ecoshock Radio

Grist Magazine

Tree Hugger

Zerofootprint Blog

BBC – The Greenroom

New York Times – Environment


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