21 August 2007

What we can do

So I thought that after that last post I should post some resources on what we can do to slow/ control climate change. It may seem like a small drop in the bucket, each of us working on our own behaviors, but I am reminded of my favorite West African saying "If you think you are too small to make a difference, remember what it is like to sleep in a room with a single mosquito."

Girls for Glaciers (http://girlsforglaciers.wordpress.com/) is a blog about two girls trying to change their habits to be more globally friendly. It's an excellent place for those who don't know where to start. For more ideas check out the Environmental Defense webpage (http://www.fightglobalwarming.com/index.cfm?source=banner_search). Here you can find out which machine is the most environmentally friendly before you buy and you can even sign up for weekly email tips. Check out the Global Footprint Network, Advancing the Science of Sustainability (http://www.footprintnetwork.org/) to learn about new technologies working towards a better planet. And finally, don't forget to estimate your global footprint (http://www.earthday.net/Footprint/index.asp) to find out your personal impact on the planet and to help your resolve to do better!


  1. Neat resources! :) I especially like the African saying. So many come to believe their actions really don't matter all that much.. without realizing that all of it combined does add up to something significant.



  2. I also subscribe to idealbite.com and they send me an e-mail every day with eco friendly ideas. Some work for me, some don't, but it keeps me thinking. just yesterday I brought my own bags to the grocery store for the first time. A small step to be sure, but what if everyone did it? The step would be HUGE.

  3. Nice follow up to the previous post. It's easy to voice displeasure about what is wrong in the world, but few have the knowledge to couple viable solutions alongside recognition of the problems.

    If only more people realized small gestures can make an impact.

  4. little steps made by many people.

    lets all hope.

    thanks for the guidance....

  5. painted maypole ~ thanks for the addtional tip!

  6. Thanks so much for these interesting posts and for the links. More and more I am realising that we all have to do our bit, no matter how small.

  7. gill ~ you're welcome! Absolutely, we do. Each bit counts.


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