Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Think Green Thursday
Each week Michelle hosts Think Green Thursday for us. We owe her our gratitude and we owe ourselves the enjoyment of reading her blogs.
This week my post is more blue than green. I have been reading Sea Notes, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
First, it spoke of carbon pollution's impact on the ocean's chemistry, and asked that we let our senators know that we are concerned about climate change and its effect on ocean wildlife.
You may find many items of interest in Sea Notes if you care to investigate it. I especially enjoyed reading about the little Pacific island of Tuvalu. It is located halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Until the present time, Tuvalu has imported deisel oil from New Zealand as its power supply. Today, in the face of changing conditions, the island is in peril of complete inundation due to the rising sea level. Their national survival depends on changing the thinking and therefore the actions of all nations. To demonstrate their willingness to be the first to change, they have pledged to go completely to solar and wind power by the year 2020. This is expected to cost $20 million. Obviously, it cannot happen without help, which they hope to receive from the U.S. and Italy. Already, the Italian government is funding an $800,000 solar power system at a school on Tuvalu. This tiny island country has been in existence for thousands of years. It is now hoping against hope that through the actions taken at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, it will have a chance to continue to exist.