Turn green in response to climate change

Today is a rainy day in April. For two weeks now, it has been raining . So I sent a message to my sister Mina ,an environmental scientist. “What’s really happening? Why dont you write us a climate change expository  so we know what to expect.”  Mina wrote a piece and I will quote heavily from her article.

Mina wrote ” According to UNEP (2009), over the last 400,000 years the Earth’s climate has been unstable, with very significant temperature changes, going from a warm climate to an ice age in as rapidly as a few decades. These rapid changes indicate that climate is sensitive to internal and external climate forces and feedbacks. Temperatures have been less variable during the last 10,000 years. A possible scenario: anthropogenic emissions of Green House Gases (GHG) could bring the climate to a state where it reverts to the highly unstable climate of the pre-ice age period. Rather than a linear evolution, the climate follows a non-linear path with sudden and dramatic surprises when GHG levels reach an as-yet unknown trigger point ( http://www.climateark.org/overview/). ”

This means that we are experiencing  the  climate in its fluid form, hence there will be more rains even if it is not the season. Convinced that the earth is a sentient system, we must learn to do earthtalk.  First talk is  reducing our carbon footprints.

Mina explained “your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide created from your everyday activities. Carbon dioxide, the most plentiful greenhouse gas, ‘traps’ the sun’s heat and contributes to global climate change.” So how do we reduce our carbon footprints ?

Two main steps  :  use CFL lights and  eat healthy food.

Use green light.  Ed and I have changed all our lights to CFLs after we attended the energy summit in 2008. This year in NEA’s 40th anniversary, there is an advocacy to convince all the electric consumers to exchange their incandescent bulbs to CFLs. The good news is that the CFLs will be free and the electric coops will distribute them in September if the consumers bring their incandescent bulbs to the exchange centers. It will be saving a lot of electricity . That’s a plus in a large way since there are 8 million electric households who are governed by the electric coops in 45,000 barangays.

Become members of the Go Organics movement to help farmers produce their own  organic fertilizers and go natural in food production. The carbon footprints in agriculture is one of the biggest sources of  carbon emissions.The commercial way of food production entails clearing forests,using chemicals and poisons on land and water plus travelling long distances to sell food.  When we go organic and stop using chemicals in our farms, we are restoring the soil’s fertility. We limit the  use of fossil energy when we send the harvest to the nearest markets .  “Produce local and eat local” should be a mantra in agriculture and fisheries markets. Healthy food is  organic food you gather within a short period and consume within a week.  Fresh organic food in every household.   Living green and shrinking carbon footprints is doable in the face of climate change.

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