Disclosure: I sat on a conference call with The Motherhood and Maggie L. Fox, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. The information provided is everything that was discussed on Climate Change as well as my thoughts.
What are your thoughts on the extreme weather patterns we’ve been seeing? If you need a reminder; extreme bitter cold from the polar vortex, ice, sleet and blizzards, drought, to extreme flooding, tornadoes in the winter, 2013 the warmest year on record, Hurricane Sandy….
Do you believe the extreme weather is from climate change?
If you do not believe climate change is happening, it is time for reality. Climate change IS happening and we are all paying the cost for carbon pollution with higher food prices, water scarcity, decreased water quality, health issues, property damage and ecological damage. This is all because of humans polluting the one place we all call home, the only place we can call home. Here you can see what this is costing us:
•In the U.S., studies such as those from the University of Maryland’s Center for Integrative Environmental Research suggest that billions in climate change costs have already begun to hit the states.
• In 2012 alone, Hurricane Sandy cost the U.S. $65 billion in disaster relief and the year-
long drought in the Midwest cost $35 billion in losses to the agricultural sector.
• The floods that ravaged the state of Colorado last year are estimated to cost $91 million in damages to roads, bridges and county buildings, according to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management. That does not even include the costs to private property like homes and cars. 349 homes were destroyed in the floods and thousands more damaged.
It is time for change.
My husband and I often discuss our fears for our children, the world they are going to live in and how climate change is only going to get worse if we do not start taking action now. Our kids are going to see weather extremes we’ve never seen, extreme heat, more sickness, a bleak economy; it is frightening.
Carbon pollution accounts for more than 80% of the man-made greenhouse gases, 80%! This is contributing to climate change, this needs to stop for the future of our children, so they can grow up on our beautiful planet that isn’t filled with pollution. Because they deserve it.
You can change, with small steps; change out old light bulbs for LED or CFL, walk or ride your bike when possible, recycle, reduce, use water efficiently, buy EnergyStar appliances and reuse whatever you can!
For more information on the climate crisis and how you can get involved to make a change visit climaterealityproject.org
Tell the EPA We Need to Make Carbon Pollution History
Are you read to limit carbon pollution? Worried about your child/children’s future? Than, make your voice heard! Visit climaterealityproject.org/kids and tell the EPA you support the new rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. This will help ensure a safer, cleaner, and healthier future!
#ClimateReality Twitter Party
What: Carbon pollution is driving climate change, transforming our weather, disrupting our lives, and threatening our future. A groundbreaking rule proposed by the EPA, if adopted, will change this picture. The rule will significantly limit the amount of carbon pollution new power plants are allowed to dump into our air and help ensure a safer, cleaner, and healthier future for us all.
Let’s support the EPA and this new rule, along with exchanging tips and ideas for small changes we can make in our own lives to help slow the effects of climate change.
When: Tuesday, March 4, at 1p ET
Where: We will be on Twitter using the #ClimateReality hashtag. Here is the Twtvite for more details and to RSVP: http://www.twtvite.com/climatereality2
Prizes: I Am Pro Snow hats and t-shirts to demonstrate your support of the cause! We will award five prizes randomly to participants during the Twitter party based on correct responses to trivia questions.
What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? Are family eats local fresh fruits and vegetables, never drink water from plastic bottles, have changed out all light bulbs and we ALL recycle together.