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Blog Action Day: No Idle Matter

Well, today is blog action day, and it is time to deliver on the ecoblog front, as promised.  Now, I don’t really want to write a boring post telling everyone that they should change their lightbulbs to compact fluorescents, or turn down their thermostat two degrees, or remember to recycle their newspapers.  I also don’t want to write a post bragging about the things that we do (yes, we recycle, compost, and turn the lights out when we leave the room).  I had planned to post about the projects around our house that we have done and plan on doing to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, but to tell the truth, today my mind is elsewhere.  And that is because I did something today that I think will make a waaayy bigger difference in the grand scheme of things than changing a lightbulb.

In the spirit of blog action day, I am going to stray a bit from my intended blog topic, and reveal a little bit about what it is that I do every day when I’m not painting cabinets or building fences.  I am…(cue drumroll)…an Idle Free Ambassador.  And what, might you ask, does and idle free ambassador do?  Well, I tell people to turn off their engines!  Ha!  Actually, I do lots of other stuff, including research and providing education and awareness about air quality, climate change, and vehicle emissions.  So every single day I’m actually doing work to help protect our earth and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Today was a special day though, because today I gave my very first presentation to a classroom full of twelve year olds.

Why is this such a big deal?  Well, because kids really are the future – they are the ones who will have to grow up and deal with the problems being created today, and they are the ones with the power to change our course.  Today it was great to talk to twenty-seven kids who were receptive and enthusiastic, and that definitely gives me hope.

And while we’re on the topic, just in case you’re wondering what type of impact idling has on climate change, here are a few facts:

  • Just 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine
  • For every litre of gasoline used, 2.4 kg of carbon dioxide are produced
  • If every driver in Canada reduced idling by just 3 minutes a day, it would be equivalent to taking 320,000 cars off the road!

Food for thought.


October 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Taking climate action – one blog at a time

Thanks to John and Sherry over at Young House Love for drawing my attention to this great opportunity to link up with bloggers around the world in expressing support for climate action.

Climate change is the biggest environmental issue facing our planet today, and threatens the sustainability of life as we know it for future generations.  By standing together in support of finding solutions, spreading the word about ways of reducing our environmental footprint, and motivating our political leaders to address this vital issue, we can play a role in encouraging dialogue and promoting a more sustainable way of thinking and living.

As it says on the Blog Action Day website:

“…the blogosphere has the unique opportunity to mobilize millions of people around expressing support for finding a sustainable solution to the climate crisis.”

You can help!  Just click here to register, and on October 15, write a post relating to climate change on your blog, in the context of whatever it is you like to write about.  So, for example, I’ll be talking about some of the eco-friendly changes we’ve made to our house so far, and other renovations we have planned to help reduce our carbon footprint, save money, and live more sustainably.

October 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

Is anyone alive out there?

To those out there who may have been following this blog (hello…?  Anyone out there…?  Mom…?), you may have thought that I’d forgotten all about it… indeed, it’s been well over a month since my last post!  But nope, I’m still here, and I thought I’d better get an update in before September is over!  (Does it seem like time is flying by for anyone else?  Whew!)

Autumn Tree

Well, as you might imagine, we have been super busy around here.  The summer has flown by in an absolute blur, and we’re now officially nearly a week into autumn.  The leaves are changing, the flowers are shriveling up, and the kids are back in school (not our kids though! – the only kids we’ve got are of the furry variety!).

And speaking of said furry children, we have a new addition to our family – one that has been keeping me so busy that I have no time for important things like updating this blog…or sleeping…or showering…(just kidding about those last two…sort of).  Her name is Juno, or Junebug, as we often fondly call her – our new siberian husky puppy.  We picked her up at the beginning of September, and she is now twelve weeks old (tomorrow), and growing like a weed (four pounds in one week!).



Now, it would be remiss of me to post about our new puppy, while leaving  out my two very favourite fur boys (and those who know me are probably shocked that no photos of these two have yet made it onto the blog…).  So,  without further ado, I present Alfred and Finnigan!

Alfred and Finn

Well, now the gang has finally been officially introduced.  No doubt all three will be appearing in future posts, since they’re always underfoot!  In fact, Finnigan is attempting to climb across the keyboard as we speak, which at least is better than hanging himself over the back of my neck as he often prefers to do.
And now that I’ve made my excuses for the extended absence of new posts, I shall be doing my best to get back on track! 
Coming soon: the long awaited cabinet painting adventure, gate building 101, a full house and garden tour, and some fabulous and mind-blowing “before and afters”.  Well, maybe not quite mind-blowing, but pretty fabulous anyways…
Stay tuned!

September 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm 2 comments

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