If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. - Michael Jackson

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

White Ribbon Day

Hello everyone! Yes, I know, I've been a little slack lately - I haven't updated since Remembrance Day, but now I am going to try posting regular environmental and human rights-based posts.


Tomorrow (Australian time) is White Ribbon Day - a day when men can speak out against violence towards women.
Will you support this cause? Will you swear against violence towards women?
Wear a ribbon. Visit the site. Support a safe and healthy future for all.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day


Will we ever even begin to understand the sacrifices the soldiers made?
Will we ever know all of the stories of all of the fallen?
Will we ever know what it is like to die for our families, our loved ones?

We may not. We may never understand the sacrifices words can't describe. We may never know all the stories. We may never die for those we love.
But people before us have fallen for us. So we can live the lives we know today.
Remember them. Not just on Remembrance Day, but every minute of every day. Every month of every year.



Support the people who put their lives on the line for you. Wear a poppy, and plant a virtual poppy with an inspirational message at 1000poppies.org




Lest We Forget

Thank you Mrs Jan for the great site - and to the soldiers, whose courage cannot be described. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
For an inspirational song and video, click hereFor the story of the poppy, click here. For a copy of In Flanders Fields and information about the author, click here. Thank you, and don't forget the soldiers who died for you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What Are You Going To Do About It?



In my last post, I briefly outlined the problem of global warming - now the ball is in your court, it is time to get off the bleachers and do something about it.
What are YOU going to do about it? Yes, you. No, not the person next to you. Not your parents. Not your siblings. You. You can make a difference.
Save electricity. Save money. Save our planet. Be a hero.


Be powered by renewable sources. Hydro power, wind power, solar power - cheaper. And greener.
Exercise! Walk instead of driving. Or, if you can't ride or walk, take public transport.


Always turn lights off when you are not using them. I should work on that...


Heat yourself! Ditch the heater and find a blanket, a coat, a dressing gown or someone to hug.
Eat by natural light. Open the windows, let in the sun! Soak in the beautiful and free light.
Replace blown lightbulbs with energy efficent ones - this will save time and electricity.
Off instead of standby. A TV on standby uses a lot of unnecessary energy - and money.


There are 6973696682 people in the world. More, perhaps, by the time I publish this. If we all tried to cut back on electricity use, how much of a difference could we make?
Do it for the animals. Do it for yourself. But, most of all, do it for the generations to come.


Leave a comment if you have any other energy saving tips. Thank you!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Global Warming

I think we have all heard of green house gases and the carbon cycle - but do we really know what it all means? Watch the video below that explains it - the video is aimed at children, but it really gets through the meaning of green house gases. Alternatively, read my simple explanation below the video.




GLOBAL WARMING AND THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT

Different things are causing global warming - but mostly human life. The cities, the cars, the electricity and the burning of coal all cause global warming. This is how it happens.
The greenhouses gases (the main ones are methane, carbon dioxide and ozone) from a layer around the Earth's atmosphere. Then the sun's rays hit the Earth, and while some light and heat is absorbed, a lot of the rays are reflected back into the atmosphere. When the rays reach the layer formed by the gases, they can't get through, and are trapped in the Earth's atmosphere.
Therefore, the atmosphere - and Earth - is heating up by over 30 degrees Celsius. This is melting the ice at both poles, which means the water levels are rising. Polar animals are dying and we are in danger of floods, fires and overheating.


The solution: Solar power. Hydro power. Wind power. Why are these different to coal? Because they are renewable sources. The sun will always shine, the wind will always blow. But when we burn coal, large amounts of CO2 (carbon dioxide) are released into the atmosphere, boosting global warming.

That is the simple way of explaining the greenhouse effect. Of course, there is many more..scientific explanations, but that is it in its simplest form.
Now it is up to you - and me - to change it.
Together, we can turn the tables on global warming and let our grandchildren enjoy our Earth. And their children after that, and then those children's children...

Sources: YouTube and Mr Shannon - thank you for everything Mr Shannon, and my apologies if I got it wrong...