What’s Happening in Copenhagen?

December 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm Leave a comment

Rome, Oregon

Last summer I was fortunate to work for the Student Conservation Association in Alturas, California. I was also fortunate to be able to travel through Oregon, camping and doing field work for a botany project, making a pit stop at the Pillars of Rome seen in this photo. With the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently going on, I’ve been thinking; if these nations don’t decide to make significant environmental changes, will landscapes like these disappear? Are they already disappearing? The answers are Quite Possibly, and Yes.

The current goal is a 20% reduction below 1990 levels in global emissions by 2020. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hopes that the conference turns to a more ambitious goal of a 30% reduction. Since this conference is dealing with global environmental issues, does an individual person have that great of an impact on the environment? The answer is Most Definitely.

Every single person can help improve the state of the environment, even if they are seemingly minor daily changes of habit. Think about how much you drive, eat, drink/use water, shower, use light bulbs, electronic and electric devices, and other daily habits that involve the ¬†consumption or use of some sort of resource. Whether it’s walking instead of driving, eating locally-grown food, doing a conservation internship, or volunteering, you have an impact. Do it not only for you, your children, your best friends, your parents, your neighbors, but also for all the people who you don’t know, for people in other countries who are already feeling the effects of climate change. You can do it.


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