This past Saturday, October 24th, marked an important day for activists’ worldwide as we participated in the single, largest global demonstration for climate change in history. From Paris, France to Beijing, China – from Hyderbad, India to Houston, Texas, demonstrators from around the globe united under one banner – Project 350. Painted on bodies and printed on shirts and towels, the number 350, representing in parts per million, carbon in our atmosphere, was heard throughout the world. People in 181 different countries, participating in over 5200 events, called for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis. The demonstrations come ahead of next month’s international climate change conference in Copenhagen in which the message is clear, bring down the carbon levels in our air! Here in town, a rally was organized at City Hall by the Emerging Green Builders of Houston in which participants collected trash and recyclable items in downtown. As people greeted each other with “Happy Climate Change Day,” activists were treated to food and music immediately following the trash pick up. The purpose of this protest was two pronged. First, to bring awareness to people who may not know or understand our increasingly negative impact on the environment; and secondly, to make a statement to policy maker’s world wide that we want positive change with global cooperation at next month’s highly anticipated conference in Copenhagen. The message was heard as the demonstration stole headlines from across the globe and over 15,000 pictures were uploaded to 350.org. Check it out for yourself and do your part in supporting the global grassroots campaign to stop the climate crisis!
Green Tip #1: Go Green this Halloween! Rather than drive to other neighborhoods to take the kids trick-or-treating, stick close to home this Halloween and walk from house to house to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution!
Green Tip #2: Look for the Label! Remove any doubt about whether a given product is green by looking for labels from Energy Star, Water Sense, and the Green Seal.
Green Tip #3: Buy Refurbished Electronics! You can get refurbs for a steal, often for less than 50% of the retail price! Before they’re resold to the public, they go through an intense defect-testing process and the warranties usually remain intact, so you can save money and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills!
This article was contributed by Sohail Hassan, President & CEO of Inergy Solutions, LLC. You can find out more about this company at www.inergysolutions.com.