If you had a chance to participate in the Earth Day celebrations this past weekend on the National Mall with the 100,000 others in attendance, you enjoyed some musical acts by renowned artist and a inspiring speeches by various business, civic, and even union leaders.
But the real gem of the event was behind main stage. The tent of exhibits. Basically it was a science fair on steroids, sponsored by the EPA. Various departments from the agency hosted booths staffed by knowledgeable and passionate EPA staffers who were happy to explain their department’s work, challenges, and successes to date. There were displays about water quality, air quality, impacts on our oceans, electric cars, solar panels in operation,…. some pretty dry stuff for a Sunday afternoon, but really insightful to the few hundred milling about inside.
Seems like most folks attending the overall event were there just to hear a free concert and if they accidentally became more aware of some environmental issue – that was OK too. Monday morning bragging rights were being handled out at the subway and anyone who drive was given the steely eyeball. This microcosm was a good representative sample of the inertia surrounding the green movement. A lot of talk, a lot of good intentions, but not much meaningful follow-thru and action. Why is that? Its really not a difficult subject matter. GreenBlizzard is still perplexed by the power of inertia around this topic.
Sure, education about the issues is a necessary starting block, that’s why GreenBlizzard is building out this website. We’re compiling insights and suggestions on how every consumer can start fine-tuning their life, their consumption habits to reduce their carbon offset and still live a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle. But someday soon it has to move beyond the classroom and into the fabric of our lives.
So for the moment, along the lines of education, here’s a handy link to a some short videos explaining the basic chemistry of carbon and why its such a sticky natural issue. We call it Carbon Video.
Give them a whirl, they’re entertaining and they will reinforce and deepen your understanding behind global change. NPR developed this series of short videos to provide a basic understanding of the carbon atom, its prevalence, and how its playing a part in global warming.
Episode 1: It’s All About Carbon
Episode 2: Carbon’s Special Knack for Bonding
Episode 3: Break a Carbon Bond and — Presto! — Civilization
Episode 4: When Carbon Falls in Love, the World Heats Up
Episode 5: What We Can Do About Global Warming
We plan on building an online library on how to reduce your carbon footprint with all types of practical suggestions on a greener lifestyle from your diet, consumer choices, transportation, hobbies, activites, and more.
Keep coming back and reading our ever-changing portfolio of articles and sound advice and Most Importantly – Keep Doing – Keep chipping away at your carbon footprine – once decision at a time.
A few other related Green Blizzard insightful articles you should read are: Kitchen Composting Made Easy, Fast Food: Think of the Carbon Impact, Shave Some Meat Off Your Diet and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, and Cold Cooking Challenge.