When I went to the Amazon, I was in awe at the huge majestic trees surrounding me. Have you ever wondered how these trees (which I may add are rutlessly destroyed) are important to our eco-system? A friend of mine illustrated this image which can be found on the US Environmental Protection Agency web site which shows clearly this important process.
Forests act as a major carbon store because carbon dioxide (CO2) is taken up from the atmosphere and used to produce the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that make up the tree. When forests are cleared, and the trees are either burnt or rot, this carbon is released as CO2. This leads to an increase in the atmospheric CO2 concentration. CO2 is the major contributor to the greenhouse effect. It is estimated that deforestation contributes one-third of all CO2 releases caused by people.
So here are some tips to reduce deforestation:
- If possible by wooden products which are FSC certified that show they have been made from a managed forest.
- Don’t print unnecesary papers
- Re use papers which are not needed anymore to put your grocery list for example. Other papers not needed anymore can be sent to recycling
- Plant a tree! In Malta we have the 34U Campaign which for a small charge the government will plant a tree on your behalf at a public place of your choice. Otherwise just buy your own tree and plant it in your garden!
- Last but not least go to the rainforest site and click daily to save our rainforests. Its free and it only takes a second to do!
So go on become a tree hugger, spread the love….your help will be a legacy which will survive long after you have gone!
I already missed two posts of the live green series and since I seem not to have the time right now I decided to do it as a twice monthly post for now. So the next post will be Monday next week.
My life reached a turning point as you could see from my last post and I am giving more importance to my family right now and their needs so my time online is very limited. However, you will still see me around and find time to also visit your blogs.
I wish you all a great week.
The idea of the Live Green series is to bring more awareness on why we should live environmental friendly as much as possible. All the little things that we do help the world and no small amount is too little if each indivudual gives his share.
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Last Saturday was Earth Hour, the amount of people, businesses etc taking part in this initiative has been growing ever since its first appearance in Sydney Australia back in 2007. Earth Hour shows our stand to climate change and that we are waiting on our respective governments to finally do something concrete about it by turning off all unneccsary lights for 1 hour every 27th March @ 2030 hrs local time.
Generating electricty is the number one source of CO2 emmissions. We are now releasing this CO2 at an ever-increasing rate (around 28 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere just last year) and the layer of greenhouse gas gets thicker. This in turn makes the Earth warmer and it means that the conditions under which humanity has thrived are rapidly changing.
Burning coal produces far more CO2 than oil or natural gas. Reducing reliance upon coal combustion has to be the cornerstone of any credible global climate change prevention plan. If forests are used for fuel generation and not replaced, global climate change will be accelerated.
There are a multitude of technologies already available which can help us achieve this. However, technologies form just one part of the jigsaw. We need a revolution in the supply of energy to achieve this. We need to make a drastic switch from the current reliance on fossil fuel energy to a super-efficient system with new low- and zero-carbon technologies .
Us as consumers can do a lot to reduce the offset of the carbon footprint. Here are some food for thought which you can use:
- Buy energy efficient appliances
- Replace all bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or even cutting-edge light emitting diodes (LEDs).
- Turn off any unused lights (don’t let Tv’s, computers etc on stand by they use a lot of electricty)
- If possible install alternative energy solutions like solar panels to your house
- Save water as saving water, saves electricity!
Now its your turn— will you help to save electricity which not only saves our planet but at the end of the day saves you money as well!