MyClimate – Protecting Our Planet

Imagine everything you do in a day.

Now, try to imagine how much CO2 is emitted in the process. It’s hard to envision, right? Now, consider these facts:

Lighting makes up between 5-10% of a household’s energy consumption in Canada
Car emissions account for 30% of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions with the average car releasing 5 TONS of C02 on a yearly basis
Four-wheel drive increases fuel consumption by 5-10% that of two-wheel drive
Every Canadian emits an average of 21.9 tons per year – that’s the equivalent of roughly two school buses!

So, how do you avoid using things like transportation, lighta, and other household appliances? The truth of the matter is, while you can make conscious decisions to use less, some carbon emitting activities can’t be easily eliminated from our day.

Myclimate is a non-profit Swiss foundation that recognizes this dilemma and offers a solution: buying carbon offsets. A carbon offset is a monetary Read more…

Earth Day Network & Earth Day Canada: Making Earth Day Every Day

I want you to act out.

I promise you won’t get in trouble. I can also promise you won’t be the only one. In fact you will be joining hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries around the world.

I’m talking about a global movement known simply as Earth Day.

It was created in 1970 by a U.S. Senator, after he witnessed the devastation of the 1969 California oil spill. He wanted to leverage the emerging awareness of air and water pollution and combine it with the social energy created by the anti-war movement to force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. And so on the 22nd of April, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive coast-to-coast rallies to bring attention to conversation and force political leaders to listen to their concerns.

And it worked.

The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Read more…