The Ecological Footprint developed by William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel gives us a tool to measure the damage being done to the earth by human activities. Quantitative analysis shows how misguided
we have been thus far in countering the dramatic shifts ushered in by industrial revolutions which have led us to value economic growth so highly, when the results of this growth are the source of the major challenges facing us.
Until we figure out better tragets for advanced economies than ever increasing wealth, the future is not bright. I urge you to listen to Bill Rees from UBC (links in the left column) for a radical shift in your understanding of ecology.
Preserving and Cherishing the Earth
In 1990, Carl Sagan spearheaded an open letter to the world's religious leaders. This led to various initiatives including
The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, energizing men of faith to join with ecologists in their efforts.
Christmas poses a problem
Christmas excess from unrecylable wrapping paper to unnecessary gifts is a serious environmantal issue.
Gifts that Matter.ca provides a solution, and may neatly solve your gift problem for that loved one who really doesn't need or want another irrelevant trinket.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to appreciate the extreme seriousness of this issue.
I read The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery, and had an epiphany.
Here is a crisis that needs full international cooperation to solve, without interference from the vested interests that have so successfully
blocked any progress away from fossil fuels. But it is also an issue to which every one of us, particularly house owners can make a difference.
Organizations dedicated to publicizing climate change include ClimatDots.org, 350.org, and of course Earthday
More recently I read Michael Crichton's State of Fear which postulates that the scare over global warming may be more a media/governemnt plot to keep people in line by a continuous state of fear than any scientific evidence that global warming is man made.
Crichton's thesis is well and truly debunked here and here.
CPAWS, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is a group focussing on the preservation of forests. Forest clear cutting and wetlands destruction are responsible for about one-third of all the extra greenhouse gases humans have put into the atmosphere since the start of the Industrial Revolution. New forests are more efficient as absorbers of carbon dioxide than existing forests; hence the drive for replanting after clearcutting.
In May 2009 the TAPS Program from Show me the green.ca reached us in Ottawa, distributing to customers water conserving taps and showerheads reducing water consumption by up to 65%, and
four compact fluorescent light bulbs, using 75% less electricity. Bravo!