Posts tagged ‘climate change’

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


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