Conservation / Global Warming, Weatherization / Green Jobs – How They Make Sense As A First Step

” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”

 

Sometimes the simple answers are the best.  Conservation using recycling technologies to their optimum advantage, cutting down on water usage , solarizing and greening all homes and office buildings as a first step can make a significant contribution in decreasing global warming.

Weatherization  of all homes will immediately create hundreds of thousands of jobs here in the United States.  We need to look to basic, simple, cost effective  solutions while the larger programs are being decided upon.

For example  did you know that more than a million plastic bags are discarded per minute worldwide.  And that a “Cabbage Patch” of plastic debris the size of TEXAS exists currently in the Pacific Ocean?

Just by using a cloth shopping bag you can make a huge contribution to saving the planet.  Right now.  So check out the websites below and help create some ecological peace.

 

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Switch to Reusable Shopping Bags Producing plastic bags uses a lot of natural resources, and most end up as litter that fouls landscapes, clogs waterways, and kills thousands of marine mammals that mistake the ubiquitous bags for food. Worldwide, up to a trillion plastic bags are used and discarded every year—more than a million per minute. The count for paper bags is lower, but the cost in natural resources is still unacceptably high—especially when there is a better alternative.

Reusable shopping bags, made of materials that don’t harm the environment during production and don’t need to be discarded after each use, reduce pollution and save resources that could be put to better uses than making plastic and paper bags. Reusable bags are convenient and come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some reusable bags can even be rolled or folded small enough to fit into a purse or pocket.             

 From www.about.com  “Five ways to Save the Planet”

 
Much of our waste today is comprised of plastic that does not biodegrade. This waste accumulates in swirling seas of debris, where plastic to sea life ratios are 6:1; where birds and mammals are dying of starvation and dehydration with bellies full of plastics; where fish are ingesting toxins at such a rate that soon they will no longer be safe to eat.The largest of these garbage swills is known as the Pacific Gyre, or The Great Garbage Patch. It is roughly the size of Texas, containing approximately 3.5 million tons of trash.     www.greatgarbagepatch.org

 The nature Conservancy is a major player ,offering  ideas and  solutions through their website.

 www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/

 

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