Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pentagon recognizes Global Warming as an "Immediate Threat"

The Pentagon has recently issued a statement saying Global Warming poses an immediate threat to national security, and increases risks of terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. 
“The loss of glaciers will strain water supplies in several areas of our hemisphere,” Mr. Hagel said. “Destruction and devastation from hurricanes can sow the seeds for instability. Droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of mass migration.”
The announcement also states how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, increasingly violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will start by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations.
The reason for the increased risk of terrorism is because they infer that if Syrian farmers have to move to cities because of droughts, the youth will be more likely to join extremist groups.
The fact that the Pentagon has shifted from considering climate change to being a "future" threat - to it being a "present" threat, is a significant shift that signals how this issue can no longer be ignored.  Do you agree?  - Liam







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Monday, October 13, 2014

Use Water-Efficient Shower Heads!


Did you know that standard shower heads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute? Showering is one of the biggest ways to use water at home, adding up to almost 17 percent of residential indoor water use. For the average family that's nearly 40 gallons per day! In the United States, the total amount of water wasted in showering for a year is nearly 1.2 Trillion Gallons. Most water saving shower heads only use 2 gallons of water per minute, saving nearly 2,900 gallons of water per year for an average family. The average family could also save 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually while using these efficient shower heads, enough to power a house for 13 days. If all these things are not good enough reasons for you to switch to water efficient shower heads, a final reason to get one is because it is great for the environment.

-Liam

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Join us in Recycling by Feeding Your Food Scraps to the Pigs!

Recently, my family signed up to give our food scraps to a pig farmer. The pigs eat ANYTHING that you give them, even bacon.  This is a great way to reduce waste.  It's also much better for the environment than sending your leftovers to landfills.  Join our effort to stop climate change and while doing that, help out a local farmer!  - Liam

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Responsible Hiking

We have been hiking on the beautiful Cabot trail in Cape Breton and we have read many signs about responsible hiking.  Do you know the "Leave No Trace" principles?  In a nutshell, you should leave the trail like you found it and, if anything, take out more trash than you brought into nature.  Or as some would say, "take only pictures home with you and leave only your footsteps behind when you leave."  Not a bad rule to follow as you enjoy vacation!  -Liam

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Public Composting

Did you know that in Nova Scotia public places, they not only have separated recycling and trash, they also have a compost bin?  It is estimated that as much as 30% of our waste is organic and could be saved by composting.  Another benefit of composting is that it produces a natural fertilizer for our gardens and crops.  Why don't you consider composting too? -Liam

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Nova Scotia Going Green

For the past week, my family and I have been on a trip exploring the beautiful Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island provinces of Canada. Recently, I read some amazing facts in a magazine about Nova Scotia. Some of these include the following: Nova Scotia has Canada's highest recycling rate, it produces about 50 percent less waste than the Canadian average, and it is striving to have 40 percent of it's electricity needs met by renewable sources by 2020. All of these facts show that Nova Scotia is among the most environmentally active provinces of Canada. These bits of information do not come as much of a surprise to me, as it is very beautiful here and I can see why people would work hard to preserve their natural environment!

-Liam

Sunday, July 27, 2014

German Global Warming Standard

Not only is Germany the winner of the World Cup, it is also has one of the most clean energy supplies in the world.  According to a Time Magazine poll, out of 6 large countries, Germany is the only one that considers itself to be part of the solution to global warming (60 percent of German people polled answered that way instead of saying that they are part of the problem). Germany is the most energy efficient major country in the world, setting a record of using 74% of its electricity from renewable sources this year.
Do you think that your country is part of the solution to or part of the problem of Global Warming? How would you answer that question? If you think that your country is part of the problem then think about what you can do to make a difference! 

Source: Time Magazine

-Liam Stuart