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Posts Tagged ‘earth’

i have a good reason for the hiatus.

Posted by Diana on October 20, 2008

I am a very busy woman, you see. Busy planning the first ever…..

F A L L E A R T H F E S T I V A L !!!

The festival is being held in honor of National Campus Sustainability Day (say that five times fast). Activities are planned for both campuses. At Lawrenceville, NCSD multi-media events (code for the above) will be taking place in the SRC from 10-2.

NCSD will be celebrated at Westminster on the Great Plains from 10-4 in the form of an old-fashioned country fair with an eco-minded twist.

**Bring your co-mingled recyclables (cans, water bottles, and glass), plastic grocery bags, and clothing donations as tickets to play games!**

Each game will test your green knowledge as well as your carnival skills (don’t worry, no tight rope walking while balancing plates on your head and singing opera–I’m pushing that for next year). There will be food and merriment, accompanied by a focus on responsibility to our local community and our planet.

4-5 PM in Thayer Lounge…

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

TOM SZAKY

co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TerraCycle, Inc.,
producer of the world’s first products made from and packaged in waste.

you won’t want to miss this guy. promise.

Hope to see you there!!!!

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hey folks, it’s real.

Posted by Diana on June 12, 2008

i have been thumbing through my copy of Global Warming Survival Handbook: 77 Essential Skills to Stop Climate Change–or Live Through It by David de Rothschild.

Let me just say, this little gem has yet to disappoint me. For a gal like me, who needs fun illustrations and short, witty passages that I can digest and retain, this book is just the ticket. I’ve decided to include regular snippets from this every so often because I think it is so important.

Unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ve heard the words “global warming” and “greenhouse gases” tossed around more frequently in the past few years. And I’m willing to bet that the past few days of downright scorching, gross heat may have caused you to think that perhaps there is some truth to all of this green-mumbo-jumbo. Take a couple of minutes and read below for the best skinny on global warming I have found. If you’re skeptical or merely not knowledgeable about the facts, this will help clear up things for you……

Climate Control: An Introduction to Global Warming

Discussing the weather used to be so casual. Nice day, huh? Or, You believe all this rain? It’s harder these days–even our small talk is controversial. Scorcher isn’t it? Must be that global warming. For many, the greatest environmental threat that humans have ever faced is a political issue.

But it’s not. Global warming is a matter of scientific fact: 2006 was the sixth-warmest year on record since 1850; the top five spots are held by 1998, 2005, 2003, 2002, and 2004…

If we fail to recognize the immediate nature of this threat, the consequences could be catastrophic. Rising seas, searing temperatures, killer storms, drought, plague, pestilence. Finding solutions begins with identifying the problem. Briefly, here’s how global warming works. Energy from the Sun, in the form of light and heat, warms the Earth. Heat rises, and some of it heads back into space. Most of it, though, is trapped by molecules in the atmosphere–molecules of “greenhouse gases,” named because their effect is just like that of a greenhouse. Water vapor is a primary greenhouse gas, in addition to carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide. All are natural–indeed, without the greenhouse effect, the Earth would be cold and uninhabitable.

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