Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

Today is officially Earth Day. I believe we are long past the time when we have the luxury of thinking about the Earth on just a single day of the year. Greenhouse gases are changing Earth's climate every instant and each one of us contributes to this change. Please think of things you can do every day to slow, halt, and reverse this process.

"Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it." - Gandhi
The five warmest years over last century have likely been: 2005, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004. The top 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1990.
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If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution to equal removing one million cars from the road.
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Americans spend more on transportation than they do on any other household expense except housing, and the nation’s poorest families spend more than 40 percent of their take home pay on transportation.
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A disproportionate number of toxic waste sites are located in or near low income communities and communities of color.
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Jobs in the suburbs, where public transportation is often minimal or nonexistent, may be nearly inaccessible to those who most need employment—low income, city residents.
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Register to vote and vote for candidates who will reduce mercury emissions from power plants and make fish safe to eat for everyone.
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Children are more vulnerable than adults to toxins in their environments due to their smaller size, developing bodies and normal childhood behavior such as crawling, digging in dirt and putting objects in their mouths....Join with other parents to perform a “toxic audit” of your child’s school.
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Become an advocate for healthier housing—a good source of information on safe and affordable housing issues is the Alliance for Healthy Homes.
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Work to improve conditions at your local park by joining or starting a friends of the park organization. You can find a guide to starting a park friends group on the Brookline Greenspace Alliance web site.
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More than 2 million American children with asthma, and a disproportionate number of children of color, live in areas that do not meet federal clean air standards.
[earthday.net]

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