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earth hour 2009

Tonight, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm Earth Hour invites one billion people in more than 2800 cities representing 83 countries to turn off their lights for one hour in their local time zone.

On this day, cities around the world, including Paris, Sydney, London, Cairo, New York, Los Angeles and Cape Town, will join together to demonstrate their commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • All you have to do to Vote Earth is turn your lights out for one hour tonight, Saturday, March 28 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time, in your city. Your light switch is your vote!
  • Set your computer’s power management and save up to $60 on your electricity bill and nearly half a ton of C02 over the next twelve months. Climate Savers Computing Initiative provides instructions on how you can save electricity all year long through efficient computing.
  • Join Earth Connect and share your opinions about climate change through blogs, e-mails, and Twitter. The goal is to gather one billion words to present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.
  • Pledge to Power Down for the Planet and create a video to teach others about the importance of energy efficient computing in the fight against climate change.

Earth Hour is about more than dimming lights for sixty minutes; it’s all about making a commitment to reduce energy consumption throughout the year. As world’s population grows, we want to make sure we minimize our impact on the Earth’s climate through responsible environmental practices every hour, every day.

VOTE EARTH – IT’S OUR PLANET!

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The Caribbean isn’t in very good shape right now. More and More the air is getting polluted. The Caribbean Sea is becoming plastic soup. We’re in a financial crisis. Things don’t seem to be looking too good for the entire planet.

Yesterday the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has outlined a renewable energy plan that it says will help it promote a more energy secure region.

According to Director of Sustainable Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Garfield Barnwell:

“The Secretariat’s energy programme is structured in a manner to build a foundation that could lead the region to provide its people with available, affordable reliable and sustainable sources of energy based mainly on the region’s indigenous resources.”

Don’t get me wrong, I believe a renewable energy plan for the Caribbean Region is a great idea. But there are a lot of people that have a lot of answer. Everyone thinks their answer is right. We need cleaner, natural sources for energy. We need biodegradable products that if dumped, will simply disintegrate within a few weeks. As far as the financial crisis goes, that’s a whole other story by itself. Some people say we need more regulation. Others say we need more jobs. Others still say the cost of living is increasing too fast for our incomes to keep up.

Everyone has answers.

The problem is, none of these answers address the fundamental problem. The answer isn’t in better solutions, fixes and different angles. The answer is… we need to do less.

See, the reason why we’re in this big mess is really simple. It may seem like there’s so much we need to do, to make things right. And that’s the problem right here. We don’t need to do more. We just need to make more of an effort to do less.

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A lot of people might know this but beer has great nutritional value, and can be a source of recycled energy. In recent beer recycling projects have focused on the beer-to-energy angle, or transforming beer-to-fuel four you auto.

Researchers are now taking a new angle in beer recycling; Green King Brewery of Suffolk, UK, is planning to build a beer recovery plant.

The brewery plans to take back keg dregs, and expired beer so that the benefits of yeast and the fresh ingredients can be given back to the local farms – in the form of cow-feed flavorizer. 🙂 Yummmooooo.

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Farmers love it and although the waste is still alcoholic it doesn’t seem to do the animals any harm, although we have noticed rather a lot of happy cows around East Anglia – says Brewery spokesperson Frances Brace

Old beer and the precipitate (especially rich in yeast) are usually thrown down the drain, where in some countries can be a burden on water treatment facilities in addition wasting valuable nutrients in beer which in not bad after all, it is merely not fresh enough for particular humans.

My Open Thread

One thing that struck me, the article says nothing about removing the alcohol content from the beer before feeding it to the cows. In 25 years research will probably show that cows developed beer bellies from all that beer. 🙂 Oh, and yes, it will lead to happy children drinking their Happy Milk – from Happy Cows. Kinda makes you wonder – what happens to all the expired beer in the Caribbean? Is it recycled? There a chance its fed to chickens…lately I’ve come across quite few Happy Chickens. 😆

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