I picked up the subject of this blog article from a book titled “The Hot topic” by Gabrielle Walker and Sir David King. The theme of this book is “How to tackle global warming and still keep the lights on”. The content of this book is rather good, but definitely not the best book on climate change, up on the shelves.
The Inconvenient truth
Climate Change is indeed the most pressing issue we face today. The Earth is heating up and the warming effects on Earth, affects crops and climate conditions. The question is - Will we be able to make the changes needed to save our future generations from the chaos of a shifting climate?
I never really reflected on this question very seriously earlier. Like if you ask me what are my bad habits, then allow me admit a few sins - Yes, I drive it down to the vegetable market which is at a 10 min walking distance from my home. When I leave a room, I do not check to see whether the fans and lights of the room are switched off. I prefer taking a private rickshaw or a taxi rather than using the public transport. Carelessly leave the geyser switched- on. Carelessly left the refrigerator door open an entire night……et al.
But today, the concern is building up. We know exactly why, we need to be taking this matter on climate change a little too seriously. We need to grow up now!
Yes, we can!
This is a global problem and this can only be solved with global solutions. Each city, village, town in a country should take the “Save the earth” initiative very seriously. Not 100% of a country’s population is literate, hence spreading awareness through books, digitial media like the website, blogs, advertising (especially in English) on television, radio is simply not sufficient.
Think Global, Act Local
There are a huge number of people out there, who do not understand the spoken language, who do not enjoy the benefits of a good infrastructure, they do not understand what is global warming and climate change all about. We need to demonstrate to this under-privileged part of the population, through road shows, plays, theatre and to do all this, by adapting the regional language spoken there.
And this initiative can be taken forward both monetarily and intellectually by our global leaders. Our leaders need to include the “Save the Earth” initiative as a vision towards saving planet Earth from the effects of Global warming.
Earth Hour - Your light switch is your vote!
We as people can take this initiative forward by doing our little bit with some good habits, which will definitely make a difference. And yes to show that you care, you can “Vote Earth”, which is the world’s first global election between two competing parties, the Earth and Global Warming.
On March 28th, you can VOTE EARTH by switching off your lights for one hour (8:30p.m to 9:30 p.m.). Or you can vote global warming by leaving your lights on.
The results of the election are being presented at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. We want one billion votes for Earth, to tell world leaders that we have to take action against global warming.
So login to www.earthhour.org and vote for Earth, to express your solidarity and love for her.
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Before I sign out, as I always say take very good care of yourself and God Bless!