July 18, 2007

Sign the Live Earth Pledge

The Live Earth concerts were a roaring success, and hailed in many ways as the most watched entertainment events on the Internet ever. That’s great news, the Live Earth concerts were and continue to be a great way to educate the public on the real causes of global climate change, debunk the myths that it’s not happening or somehow not real or that there’s nothing we can do about it (or worse, that it has nothing to do with humans on Earth), but there’s a lot more work to be done.

I like to call it incremental progress. There’s a lot that each and every one of us can do to help safeguard our environment and do little things to stave off the effects of global climate change, even while our leaders and politicians are still arguing and trying to hammer out their differences. We had a major victory in the recently passed energy bill that forced the auto industry to shake off it’s rut, sink a little investment into the future, stop bailing themselves out of their own problems with governmental passes, and increase the fuel efficiency of American automobiles and do it now. The technology exists, as much as the industry claims it’s technologically “impossible,” (the same thing they said about seat belts, air bags, antilock brakes, etc, etc) and they’re going to have to do their share, as much as they, and most other energy interests don’t want to. I can understand why they don’t, a cleaner environment with fresh air and clean water is against their business interests. They make their money on the back of that environment, and subsequently on the backs of the people of the world who have to deal with their use of resources and their pollution, and they don’t want to help. So while we press our officials to protect the public good from those companies and interests, we have to step up to the plate and do our part.

The Live Earth Pledge asks each and every person who signs to make a few small commitments to a healthier planet for all of us – things we can actually do to make a difference without the grand and life changing sacrifices that the global warming deniers like to scare us into thinking that even the smallest step towards cleaner air and water might mean. Things like replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, that will save you money on your electric bill and last longer, keep an eye out for energy efficient or green appliances when shopping for electronics and household appliances, shutting things off when you don’t need them, and riding public transit when you can. Take the Live Earth Pledge, and try to do a little something to make sure we leave all of our children a better world than we inherited. I don’t think it’s a partisan thing to wish that we could swim in our lakes, drink from flowing freshwater rivers, or breathe the air in our communities without getting sick. I think that’s a workable goal, one we can all agree on.

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Source: SOS | Live Earth | 7.7.07

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