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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Take Action - Union of Concerned Scientists

Lately, my camera has been collecting dust, so I would like to take this time to advocate environmental stewardship.  Now, more than ever, it is important that our voice is heard about critical environmental issues, and that we voice our opinions to the proper channels within our state legislator.  By writing congress (state representatives & senators, local government) we can properly convey these opinions into actions that shape U.S. policy.  Many organizations have "automated" letters on "hot topics" that simply require you to fill in your name and email.  It is that easy.  So I urge you to take action.  Your stewardship will benefit the generations to come, and help shape our environment.  I will include some links at the bottom of this blog to help you get on your way!

Reducing Emissions from Tropical Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD)
Tropical deforestation is a major cause of climate change, as greenhouse gases emitted via deforestation represent about 20% of the world's global warming pollution--roughly equivalent to the total emissions of the United States or China, or more than the total emissions of every car, truck, plane, ship, and train on earth. We are working to address this problem through international agreements and U.S. legislation that reward tropical countries for slowing deforestation and forest degradation and therefore reducing their global warming pollution. This set of policies is referred to as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation in Developing Countries).  Get Involved.

Environmental Stewardship Links
Union of Concerned Scientist - http://www.ucsusa.org/
League of Conservation Voters - http://www.lcv.org/

Don't stop here, check with local organizations about how you can get involved with issues that hit closer to home.