Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Have a great Summer!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Does anyone still read this?
I have entered a contest with Mock Orange Bikes to win a bike. I was thinking... I don't need a bike... who needs a bike? Then I remembered Tia's story about her broken bike that the cave/camel crickets have claimed and how much she has really embraced biking outside. I would love to give everyone a new bike, but I will need time to track down more contests :) Its a really nice bike...
Ok, how can you help? Go to the Mock Orange Bikes fan page on Facebook
Find this photo and "like" it. Then tell your friends to like it and have their friends like it. Voting is open until May 27th. That is all!!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
In the summer of 2007, Arctic ice began to melt far more rapidly that scientists had expected. This is when the thawing of glaciers and the spread of droughts showed global warming was a present crisis, not a future threat. This is when George W. Bush, Jr., announced global climate change was indeed a national threat. Most importantly, this is when our leading climatologists gave up a number for the red line: 350—The number of parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. Guess what? We’ve already passed it!
At a recent talk at Wake Forest’s Center for Sustainability, author Bill McKibben discussed the inspiring global movement that he’s led to help change the world’s understanding of its’ imminent danger. He’s even spurred the reforms necessary to get the planet back to safe CO2 levels.
According to him, above 350 parts per million carbon dioxide, the atmosphere heats too much for us to have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.” Well….Guess where we are today? 390 parts per million…and rising two parts per million per year. Tragic, huh? At 450 ppm, climatologists claim its atmospheric suicide. In the past when carbon levels rose to that height, sea levels rose 120 feet. Digest that…if you can still breathe.
He discussed one action that fascinated me. Around the dwindling Dead Sea, Israeli activists formed a huge human 2 on their shore, and the Palestinians a 5 on their beach, while in Jordan, a huge 0 was formed, proving that, even in places with deep division, people understand that the crisis that faces us now calls for one thing: UNITY.
He pointed out that rapidly getting the world off fossil duel is the most difficult task we’ve ever undertaken as a planet. Global movements are rare things—to work across linguistic boundaries, and the enormous divide between rich and poor, is extremely difficult.
His last comment—NO ONE (especially the United States Congress) has even begun to talk about spending the kind of money the developing world needs to adapt to the changes already coming at us…even in the Copenhagen treaty.
For what, you ask? Treating children in the United States who have lead poisoning. That's a larger number than autism and cancer...COMBINED.
A study that was published in the May issue of Health Affairs found childhood healthcare costs to be:
-- Lead poisoning, $50.9 billion.
-- Autism, $7.9 billion.
-- Intellectual disability, $5.4 billion.
-- Exposure to mercury, $5.1 billion.
-- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, $5 billion.
-- Asthma, $2.2 billion.
-- Childhood cancer, $95 million.Left unchecked, these preventable environmental factors will continue to harm the health of our children and push up healthcare costs. By updating environmental regulations and laws aimed at protecting the public's health, we can reduce the toll taken by such factors on children's health and the economy.
As mentioned by Louise and Sarah, this is National Bike to Work Week. Monday I did just that. It was great, I could not wait until work was over so that I could ride home. It only took an extra 10 minutes and it was so enjoyable. I plan to bike commute more often, whenever my schedule allows. I found a route that allowed me to utilize sidewalks and side streets and never left me fearing for my life on the main roads. I was able to ride through some pretty nice neighborhoods and it felt like I was in a park for most of my ride. There was one hill that you can not get around as you ride into downtown; otherwise, I made excellent time. I hope to ride my bike to the Cobblestone Farmer's Market this morning, and I hope to see you there!
Monday, May 16, 2011
In College, it's hard to go green...SO WE THINK.