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Climate change action day

Last week we encouraged everyone to read about climate change as part of blog action day. Following on from that, this Saturday is the International Day of Climate Change where we can again make ourselves heard on this issue.

A few facts and details about the 24th October:

  • likely to be the biggest environmental action on the planet to date
  • events are being held across the world (see our side menu to find your closest events) and images will be posted online to a common gallery
  • the aim is show everyone and especially those involved in the Copenhagen discussions, the importance of 359.  “350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for parts per million carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. 350 is the number humanity needs to get below as soon as possible to avoid runaway climate change. (Watch this animation – scroll down the page). “
  • reducing global carbon emissions is really our only hope to get below 350 and slow climate change. We can all do a bit towards that and our leaders in Copenhagen need to do more

As you join in events, let us know so we can continue the discussion about affecting climate change.

Saving money & time on meals

We came across a blog post at consumption rebellion about cutting her grocery bill. It’s a long post as she describes a detailed process of menu planning and reusing leftovers, but there are definitely some tips in there.

We like the fact that menu planning also saves you time – going shopping with a list makes the trip much quicker and planning meals in advance stops the need for last minute runs to the supermarket for forgotten ingredients.

Reusing leftovers (as well as suiting our green hearts by not wasting!) also appeals to us because it saves time in buying new ingredients and means you don’t need to clean the fridge (to empty the growing food scraps) as often :)

Win win really – save energy worrying about what to cook every night, save food wastage, save money and save time. And all of it saves the planet (fewer drives to shops is a good thing as well as reducing your food footprint.)

Do you have other tips on using leftovers?

How much have you read about climate change?

Blog action day yesterday was awesome for those of us now into Friday! And it is gearing up to be even busier today with the rest of the world catching up to us!

SO how many blog posts have you read about climate change in the last 24 or so hours? Has anything jumped out at you as new or helpful, perhpa s agreat idea you can grab to make a difference?

As per yesterday, we will list a few more related posts to make it easier for you to get into the event… and you’re welcome to add comments about other blog posts (including your own) on climate change.

If We All Just Do Two Things We Can Prevent Climate Change by TreeHugger

Reading the world on Blog Action Day by Global Voices

Blog Action Day: Your chance to leave a legacy by Oxfam International

A Green Tour of the Google Campus by The Official Google Blog (maybe you can get some tips for your home or workplace)

Fix the Climate, or the Kid Gets It by Mother Jones

Climate Change by Classical Bookworm

5 ways to reduce your global warming contribution | Zible by Zible

help eliminate poverty

Food and climate change by Emma

Australian climate change resources

Global warming is so uncool

Resources on climate change

Public relations: helping the environment

Climate Change Action Day

As climate change is something for us all to deal with, not just our leaders in Copenhagen next month, we are joining the Blog Action Day for Climate Change by listing a number of sites discussing climate change today.

Blog Action Day for Climate Change

Conserving water

Climate Change is a business concern too

Aussie songs for climate change

Compassionate Climate Action

Technology in our classroom

BLog action day to fight global warming

Climate code red

Top 20 ways web developers can reduce their carbon footprint (and these tips mostly apply to us all – check out number 17 if you run any sort fo website.)

The Mr Science Show

Marketing for climate change

Life is better barefoot

Focus on nature (assuming you can ignore the flashing header which is very annoying, they have some beautiful photos)

VCE Environmental Science

Food from afar

The squiggly line

(note in order to get this list going, we haven’t read all these posts properly so can’t promise they are great, lol! However, we didn’t list the ones we didn’t like at all, and only reviewed a sample anyway.)

 

As you come across more blog posts about climate change, share them as comemnts. And please add your comments on any of the issues raised by Blog Action Day for Climate Change. The more we talk about it and share ideas, the better chance our planet has…

Help your environment

It will take seventeen trees a whole life time to offset the amount of carbon emissions that only one average household creates in just one year.

ClickGreen is a wonderful new way to help your environment. It’s an easy way to offset a whole week’s carbon emmissions, and that’s just by signing up! You can do much more by continuing to gain points and by inviting all your friends and family to join as well.

Save on energy costs

The Home Energy Project helps students prove that every household can save energy. It provides education and tips on how to save and improve the environment and reduce the costs of energy consumption.

It is an educational program suitable for years 7–9 students. It was designed to match the curriculum requirements for science and has practical learning activities based on home energy efficiency.

This program shows:

- That small changes in the use of energy accumulate into substantial financial and environmental savings.

- Students how to be more responsible and aware of their energy uses and encourages them to communicate the energy saving methods to family and friends.

- How energy use can be reduced so that energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions are smaller.

The program also involves an energy efficiency calculator so that you can instantly calculate the energy consumption of each room in their house and what each appliances energy consumption is.

With the activities in the program encouraging students to discuss science ideas with their families, it will educate students to help minimise the energy costs at home and bring new thoughts to the table on how to save in costs as they become more aware.

Other tips and ways to save on resources can be found here.

Do you recycle?

Most councils now collect recyclable items separately from the general rubbish, which is great. But there are some items that can’t be collected by councils but can still be recycled, and there are many recycling collection sites around Australia.

Planet Ark runs a website which is very easy to use to find out your nearest recycling dpots for a range of materials.

Have a look at the site – you may be surprised at how much more you could recycle without a lot of time and effort. Or maybe you already recycle well and would like to share your tips with us…

Who on earth cares?

Who on earth cares that the planet is in danger, that we are destroying our home?

Actually, a lot of people care and are trying to do something about it. And those little things we do to save energy and water really are important. Just look at how we have reduced the amount of water used each day by the average Australian by about 50 litres in just 5 years.

Who on earth cares is a website that, amongst other things, is mapping where the concerned Australians live – are you on the map? Over 19,000 Australians are. By signing up, you can encourage others to help the environment and make it clear that many Aussies want action to save our planet.

It is free to sign up and only takes a few minutes. The sign up process also gives you the opportunity to make some savings – for example, can you commit to installing an efficient shower head, turning off your computer every night and washing clothes in cold water? The energy savings from your commitment is added to the total so you can see just how much difference you are making.

So if you care, put yourself on the map and consider writing to your politician – together, we can make a difference.

Online magazines

Have you noticed the increasing number of magazines that are going online instead of having hard copies?

There are obvious advantages to this for the publishers

  • reduced costs of printing and layout
  • longer deadlines can be allowed – without having print times, the magazine can be prepared closer to publish dates
  • the ability to refer to older articles with a link so readers can access multiple articles on a topic with ease
  • greater ease at measuring popularity of sections through website statistics

Online magazines also use up less paper and energy in the printing process, which is why many of these online magazines announce they are green. Of course, there is the energy of establishing, running and visiting a website but this has a smaller impact than cutting down trees, making paper and printing on that paper.

On the other hand, there are some advantages to a hard copy magazine, too, and publishers need to consider which group of advantages best suits the needs of their readers.

A hard copy magazine:

  • is easy to read anywhere – in the bath, waiting for an appointment, while using a treadmill or exercise bike, sitting in the park with the kids
  • is easier and quicker to read than onscreen information
  • can be ripped apart to store valued sections (e.g. a recipe or craft pattern) – of course, an online magazine can always have these sections printed!
  • has a feel and smell that some people enjoy
  • arrives in the mail as a treat for subscribers – a nice change from bills and ads!

So which do you prefer to read? Which do you think is the better option moving forward? If you were to start a magzine, which way would you present it?

Clean fans, no fuss!

A little while ago we added Pirrella to our listings, and we think its pretty cool!

Not only do these fan blade covers save you work and time as the blades won’t need cleaning, they also keep you off ladders and chairs which is much safer. We also love the fact that fewer people will use cleaning products on their fans and that fans will need replacement less often – both are big pluses for the environment.

So if you have ceiling fans and hate cleaning them, this is one listing you may find irresistible!