Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day 2009.

Here are a few things to consider this Earth Day.

A little history lesson about Earth Day.

A look at one of many issues to consider on Earth Day.

And a different view of Earth Day.

And finally a recent article I wrote for the April 2009 issue of the Aircrafter, a union news magazine.

So, what can you do to help protect our environment?

You may have asked yourself this question many times, or not. For those that have, there are many things you can do. Some are very easy, some are not, some are inexpensive and some are not.

No matter what your level of interest or concern is, there is something for you.

Although the list of things you can do is long, it is not daunting. Don’t worry; you don’t have to do them all to make a difference. If you chose just a few things from the list and practice them, you will make a positive contribution towards saving our planet.

Here are five things you can do right now that have a huge impact, with very little effort.

1. The three “R’s”. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. You can reduce waste by simply using cloth bags instead of accepting plastic bags when you shop. Also by using cloth bags while you shop, you have made a commitment to Reuse. Recycling is the last resort and should only be considered when Reducing and Reusing is not possible. Visit for more information.

2. Saving energy. Replacing energy inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR approved appliances and incandescent light bulbs with compact florescent bulbs can save a substantial amount of electricity and money. Visit for more information.

3. Buy local. Have you noticed that when you go to your local supermarket, almost all of the fruits and vegetables come from other countries? Canada has now become California’s largest fruit and vegetable importer. Things have gotten so bad that even our oranges come from California and not Florida. Of course some fruits and vegetables are seasonal but, before globalization we managed to make do. Canada is now importing canned fruits and vegetables from China, Fruits and vegetables shipped half-way around the world create huge amounts of pollution and global warming gases. Visit and for more information.

4. Drive smart. Instead of driving to the store, walk or ride your bike. Consider public transit or car pooling when ever possible. By leaving your car at home more often you will be helping the environment, saving money and improving your health.

5. Eat less meat. If you eat a meat free meal just once a week, overall you will be cutting meat out of your diet for over a month each year. It’s good for the environment, the animals and your health. Google, “factory farming and climate change”, for more information.

These are just a few of the many ways you can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere everyday.

Further information can be found at and

May we all help to save the Earth, our home.

For those who still doubt the science of global warming I ask.

Would you pollute your home and then blame it on someone else?
Would you then wait for them to come and clean it up?
Would you stand by while someone entered your home, dumped garbage every where and then left without a word?
I doubt it.

Yet, you listen to the polluters who tell you that they aren't harming the environment.
When they tell you that dumping garbage in your home is actually good for you, you unquestioningly believe them.
They tell you that the people who tell you otherwise have a hidden agenda, with the sole purpose of controlling you.

The only people controlling you are the polluters.
Open your eyes.
Think for yourself.
You can do the research for yourself.
It's not difficult, start with Google and go from there.
Good luck.


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