Earth Hour Eve March 27th: Lights Out for Climate Change Action
Earth Hour is on March 27th, 2010 at 8:30 to 9:30 PM EST, 60 minutes during which millions of people around the world will turn off their lights to promote action on climate change issues.
The event originated in Sydney Australia in 2007 when 2 million Aussies turned off non-essential electrical appliances on cue.
Anything from taking public transit to work to lighting candles or hanging laundry to dry makes a difference.
It also creates solidarity that sends a message to legislators and policy makers who need to be reminded that climate change has to be a top priority for the planet.
We have more energy than we need.
Ontario Exporting Too Much Energy?
A report released this week by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) states that, on average, the Canadian province produces 25% more electricity than peak summer demand estimates.
Meanwhile, Toronto's surplus energy is sold to the USA while coal-fired plants are choking the GTA. Coal fumes, nitrogen dioxide, and airborne particulates from above-limit vehicle exhaust emissions are related to acute and long-term respiratory health problems.
Knock out coal by 2010 because climate change can't wait..
Restoring Grasslands Part of the Solution
Lush grasslands nurture topsoil and remove CO2 from the air and in some cases they do so more effectively than trees in forests. Cows raised on grasslands produce 20 percent less methane than cows raised on livestock feedlots and that minimizes damage to the environment and effects of climate change.
Studies show that livestock raised on lush, rotating grass pastures are also healthier. In British Columbia, grasslands have been used for livestock grazing for over 150 years and native grass species have been lost or removed.
Urban development and the prevalence of railway lines and highways alter the natural layout of the land and make reseeding these areas more difficult.
..grassland ecosystems have become more endangered than coastal old growth forests.
These pressing environmental issues count more every day as the clock ticks closer to Earth Hour at the end of this month.
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