2013 Walk For Your Children http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org Saving the Environment One Step At A Time Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Is Global Warming and Climate Change the Same Thing? http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/is-global-warming-and-climate-change-the-same-thing/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/is-global-warming-and-climate-change-the-same-thing/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:00:58 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=81 Read more »]]> global warming & Climate Change

Few may assume global warming and climate change is the same thing or same action, but they are different in definition while posing a threat to our living environment.  Both elements are complex in nature but experts continue to learn more about how they affect human life.  People may not think these elements are a big deal now, but they are threatening our Earth’s climate with potential significant consequences.  Here is a look at each of these elements and why scientists are paying closer attention to them now more than ever.

Definition of Global Warming and Contributing Elements

When you think about global warming it is just that: the temperature of the Earth is on the rise because of unique gases that congregate on the Earth’s surface. Many of these gases are considered greenhouse gases from human emissions.  The study of global warming has been conducted for years with some of the first discoveries dating back to the 1970s.  So, the average temperature of the Earth’s surface is monitored while they also play a role in development of climate system on Earth.

Aerosols, or very small particles in the air, affect how other gases come together to heat and cool the surface of the Earth.  As more evidence was gathered regarding gases in the atmosphere and their roles, it became clear greenhouse gases and elements such as carbon dioxide effect development of the Earth’s climate system. Thus, raising the concern of what is known as climate change.

Definition of Climate Change and Differences from Global Warming

Climate change is something that occurs over an extended period of time.  Some people believe parts of the Earth are experiencing it currently depending on where you live. For instance, weather conditions may be warmer or cooler in certain parts than expected.  Climate change may occur in a region of the world or have a significant effect on how the Earth’s climate system operates.

Some may remember a term something along the lines of “global change” during the 1980s.  This term may not be used as often as global warming or climate change, but it helped to create a special program adopted by NASA to conduct further research on changes affecting the Earth.

How Global Warming and Climate Change Contribute to the Same Problems

While each element affects how the Earth changes, there are things experienced on Earth such as air temperature, sea levels and precipitation patterns that effect how people live their lives daily.  Even though climate change explores climate conditions it is far more than just changes in air temperature.  The weather is a unique natural element we have no control over.  Even though there are things we can control on Earth such as usage of fossil fuels and reducing emissions being absorbed by the atmosphere, it is difficult to say for how long such actions will need to be done to reduce experiencing risks and consequences of global warming and climate change.

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Scholarships for Enviormental Science Majors http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/scholarships-for-enviormental-science-majors/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/scholarships-for-enviormental-science-majors/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:56:53 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=89 Read more »]]> Are you looking to get involved in the fast growing industry of environmental science.  There is  more demand today than ever before for environmental science majors. With the recent regulations put forth by the Obama administration and the world health organization the environmental mental science industry is exploding.

Most accredited institutions will offer the environmental science major. Some of the top institutions include Harvard, MIT and Yale.  We recommend applying to as many programs as possible. Environmental science is in no way shape or form an easy major. It is very math and reading intensive. Luckily it is not as difficult as some of the other engineering majors such as chemical engineering, bio medical engineering, or mechanical engineering.

There are many notable Environmental science alumni. Some of the more famous alumni include Tyler Haft of the East Delaware Engineers society who famously pioneered a new abstraction technique for cauliflower seeds that allows you to better produce seeds. He won the Nobel prize in 1988 for his invention and was even knighted by the queen of England.  Other notables in clude Harry washing, the inventor of the strinign technique which allows farmers to grow healthier crops to tyler Homlin one of the original pioneers of the enrichment technique.

What does a typical day look like for an environmental science major? Typically most jobs start around 8am and continue until 5. Most of your day will be very math intensive, but you will be able to work at your own pace.

If you are looking for ways to pay for your degree then I recommend looking into the different types of environmental Science scholarships.  If you do not qualify for any of the schoalrships you may qualify for private for federal help. We recommend pursuing federal options first as it will give you a much more favorable interest rate.

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How to Reduce Climate Change Risk with Your Vehicle: 4 Smart Tips http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/76/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/76/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:00:55 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=76 Read more »]]> cars

Did you know gasoline used in many vehicles contributes to large amounts of carbon dioxide being released in the atmosphere? This element plays a significant role in climate change.  There are actions you can do to help reduce costs and dependency on oil, while improving the environment.  Whether you own, rent or plan to purchase your first vehicle, there are things you can do to make a difference in climate change.  Here are 4 tips to help you make informed decisions on how to purchase and maintain your vehicle.

  1. Shop smart when purchasing a vehicle.  Do your homework before going to the dealer to pick out a car.  The federal government offers EPA guidelines and other useful tips through their website (fueleconomy.gov).  This is comprehensive details about fuel efficiency that is easy to read and follow.  Learn about vehicle labels and what they mean as far as how they help you save on fuel.  Compare your options and learn about different vehicles that can meet your needs while keeping fuel economy low.
  2. Stay within the speed limit while driving and avoid slamming your brakes.  Be a smart driver to reduce gas emissions and get better fuel economy.  Keep the weight of your vehicle light by eliminating unnecessary items from your trunk.  Use cruise control when driving longer distances.  Reduce idle time to 30 seconds or less when possible.
  3. Keep up with regular maintenance of your vehicle and this includes checking tire pressure.  Follow the maintenance schedule provided by your vehicle manufacture; this information can be reviewed in the driver manual.  Other services such as oil changes and tune ups should be done regularly.  Be sure to use correct grade of motor oil. Tires with poor pressure make vehicles use more gas.  Look for tires made with energy-saving elements such as low rolling resistance.  Good maintenance helps your vehicle burn gas more efficient while helping your vehicle remain safe and last longer.
  4. Use other forms of transportation when you can. This is a great way to give your vehicle a rest. Ride your bike, carpool, use public transportation or walk.  There are job opportunities such as telecommuting that can eliminate the daily driving to work while saving money and reducing emissions.  When you do use your vehicle try planning your errands ahead of time so you can complete them at the same time.

What about Renewable Fuel Sources?

There is an additional option you can look into when doing your part to reduce effects of climate change such as using renewable fuel.  There are options such as biodiesel and E85. These options are made with materials better for the environment such as corn and ethanol.  They greatly reduce emissions contributing to greenhouse gas and reduce the use of gasoline.  Many newer vehicles on the road today are considered flex fuel vehicles (FFV) that are specially designed to use traditional gas or E85.

 

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Grim Consequences of Climate Change We May Not Be Ready For http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/grim-consequences-of-climate-change-we-may-not-be-ready-for/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/grim-consequences-of-climate-change-we-may-not-be-ready-for/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:00:17 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=73 Read more »]]> Path-of-global-warming-001

There are a number of elements to explore when considering climate change and consequences. For years scientists have learned about causes and effects, but there are recent reports claiming consequences of climate change could be more than what we can handle if we don’t take enough action.  Others even question whether humans can do anything more to avoid such actions even though change is possible.  Climate change is being experienced now, but such effects may magnify in intensity making it impossible for people to prepare. 

Experts Claim Catastrophic Warming is Possible

A 2014 report with contributions from over 700 scientists claim world leaders may be facing something more serious in few years in relation to global warming.  Experts feel world leaders are not doing enough to reduce emissions which could lead to catastrophic warming.  Meaning, scientists say this could disrupt all lifeforms on Earth including natural ecosystems and human beings.  It is believed the problem is more widespread than originally believed.

Experts contributing to the study say such impacts are already happening, but may increase in intensity soon.  For instance, certain parts of the world such as Africa and North America are experiencing high levels of loss due to widespread disease and property loss due to wildfires respectively.  South America is experiencing decrease in food production and quality. More grim consequences are likely as experts feel governments around the world are not prepared.

The report related to the study includes hundreds of pages of data collected from 2007.  Specific details related to climate change and its development is updated roughly every 5 years.   As the report is accessed other organizations provide detailed insight on what world leaders can do and what they should focus on.  This report in particular has a special section dedicated to helping world governments mitigate this issue.

Today’s Choices Will Define Risks Faced in the Future

A number of world leaders agree that choices made today will not only affect risks factors in the future, but actions of today could permanently change climate conditions for the remaining part of the century.  Experts believe actions related to climate change will cross a line that will lead to larger changes in the climate system.  For example, a prediction states if the Earth’s temperature rose by as little as 6 or 7 degrees changes in agriculture may become massive.   Even minor changes could have a big impact on weather conditions.  Storm surges, drought, sea levels, and heat events may turn into dangerous weather events.

Overall, experts feel world leaders need to invest more time into planning ahead.  If changes need to be implemented they should be done so now.  We may not see much improvement in the beginning but as time moves forward it may leave a positive impression to help ease fears. One element government officials should pay attention to includes agriculture development as it faces the greatest risk.  As studies continue to be done to track climate change the ultimate question remains: Can people be prepare for the worst if such predictions come true?

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Exploring Scientific Causes and Effects of Global Warming and Climate Change http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/exploring-scientific-causes-and-effects-of-global-warming-and-climate-change/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/exploring-scientific-causes-and-effects-of-global-warming-and-climate-change/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:00:31 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=70 Read more »]]> effects of global warming

Causes and effects of climate change have forced humans into finding better ways to live daily through actions such as recycling, consuming energy and reducing dependency of fossil fuels.  There is a tremendous amount of evidence collected over the years by scientists that tell a story about how the Earth is changing.  While such elements are fascinating and intriguing, it is also raising questions and concerns about global warming and climate change. 

In particularly, evidence dating back thousands of years through different forms of human civilization show how such changes of the Earth have evolved. The following points offer brief insight on causes and effects contributing to climate change.

Climate Change Causes

  • The Earth’s surface absorbs different types of gases and molecules that enter and exit its atmosphere.  This includes radiation from sunlight. The emissions go in all directions helping to heat the Earth’s surface. In other words the Earth is covered in a blanket.
  • The Earth has gases that prevent heat from escaping into the atmosphere. These gases contribute to changes in climate system development.
  • Water vapors in the Earth’s atmosphere are part of greenhouse gases.  Yet, these same vapors contribute to precipitation and cloud development on Earth.
  • Carbon dioxide is another gas found to help heat the Earth’s surface.  This element is important to land, fossil fuel burning and other natural processes of the Earth such as volcano eruption. Yet, humans help develop more of this gas and it is a contributing problem of climate change.
  • Human activity on Earth contributes to changes in emission levels of the atmosphere. This includes burning fossil fuels and land use for agriculture.

Climate Change Effects

  • Scientists say the average temperature of the Earth has increased by at least one degree in recent years.  While this seems small experts believe activity on Earth has increased dramatically causing long-term Earth temperature changes.
  • Parts of the world are seeing phenomenal change including shrinking of glaciers and ice thawing of lakes and rivers occurring sooner than expected.  Animal and plant development has seen a shift and flowers and trees tend to bloom earlier or later depending on where they are located.
  • Human activity will continue to encourage surface temperature of the Earth by as much as 10 degrees in the next century.  This is a conclusion from more than 1,000 scientists from around the world.
  • The cost of maintaining agriculture, ecosystems and infrastructures is expected to increase thanks to climate change.  A number of companies, businesses and corporations have included elements of climate change into their annual budgets.
  • Certain parts of the world experience warmer temperatures, heavy rains and rising sea levels.  In other parts of the world problems with water supply, erosion, insect outbreaks and diseased trees (causing more to die off) are on the rise.  Natural disasters such as wildfires, drought and tropical systems increase in magnitude. Some regions have seen their share of tropical systems and longer periods without rain.
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5 Ways You Can Reduce Global Warming Right Now http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/5-ways-you-can-reduce-global-warming-right-now/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/5-ways-you-can-reduce-global-warming-right-now/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 02:00:00 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=66 Read more »]]> global warming

Global warming and potential concerns surrounding its effects has placed great attention to how people use and consumer various products.  There are a number of options to consider when reviewing energy conservation that are proven to help reduce effects of global warming and climate change.  Here are 5 things you can do right now to help the environment and reduce global warming.

  1. Buy products that use less energy.  More product makers such as vehicle and appliance producers are creating energy-efficient products. You can purchase a vehicle that uses less gas or has good gas mileage.  There are home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and microwaves designed to use less energy. Other energy efficient products to consider: television, washer & dryer, and computer equipment.
  2. Change out your lightbulbs.  There are various options for lightbulbs that help reduce energy use throughout your home.  A common option is CFL bulbs (compact florescent light) that are easy to use and can replace regular bulbs.  Thanks to new technology used in developing CFL bulbs they can last longer saving you more money in the long run.  Studies have shown energy-saving lightbulbs of this nature can reduce heat production by roughly 70 percent.
  3. Find ways to reuse and recycle.  Items such as newspaper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans can be collected at local recycle facilities for recycling.  People often come up with unique ways of reusing such items such as for craft projects, planting produce and flowers, or even for community use through school and workplace environments.  You can also consider reducing how much you invest in certain products that use excessive packaging that may hurt the environment.
  4. Get a home energy audit from your utility provider. This helps you easily learn which areas of your home consume the most energy. This is a good time to learn about energy saving programs and rebates that can help you conserve energy, especially during winter and summer months.
  5. Reduce amounts of heating/cooling and hot water usage. This may go along with utility usage, but consider actions you can take to help you reduce use of heat, air conditioning and hot water.  How is installation in your home for walls and windows? Do you turn down the heat when you leave the home for an extended time? Is your hot water tank protected with installation such as an insulating blanket if it is a few year old?

Why Are These Tips Important in Reducing Global Warming?

A number of elements from human activities conducted on a daily basis have a big effect on the earth’s atmosphere.  For instance, your thermostat settings can help save roughly 2,000 of carbon dioxide annually if you simply reduce it by a couple of degrees in the winter and increasing it by a couple of degrees during the summer.  Typical lightbulbs not energy efficient produce billions of pounds of greenhouse gas and most families replacing just one bulb can drastically reduce the numbers. People can take small steps to make a big different in improving their living environment.

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America’s Average Energy Consumption [Infographic] http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/americas-average-energy-consumption-infographic/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/americas-average-energy-consumption-infographic/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 05:25:48 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=29 Another cool inforgraphic we thought that we would share. Please give Visual Economics credit for this awesome resource. Keep that air conditioner low this summer!

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A Day Without Gasoline [Infographic] http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/a-day-without-gasoline-infographic/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/a-day-without-gasoline-infographic/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 15:19:25 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=24 Interesting infographic, we thought we would share. It is crazy to think that you could buy 29,000 bicycles with the money saved. Ride a bike to work everyone!

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Young And Old Walk Together http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/young-and-old-walk-together/ http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/young-and-old-walk-together/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 15:15:15 +0000 http://2013walkforourgrandchildren.org/?p=19 Read more »]]> The science is clear. We must keep the majority of remaining  fossil fuels in the ground. As NASA climatologist Jim Hansen has written, mining the Canadian tar sands means game over for the climate.

The new State Department study “cooked the books” on the impact of Keystone. The time is NOW for us to liberate our children and grandchildren from fossil fuels, beginning this year with the rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline. The buck stops at the President’s desk.

We must remind the President that stopping the Keystone XL pipeline from being built on US soil is one vital step which he can take unilaterally. He has spoken eloquently in the State of the Union about our personal responsibility to act on climate change. His words about our duty towards our children and the future are clear: This is our first task, caring for our children… If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.” Our responsibility as citizens is to hold the president accountable to his own words.

 

We know our children are concerned. This is expressed graphically in Clare Ende’s painting below:

 

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Or in Halle Turner’s speech at the Climate Convergence in Raleigh, N.C. this year on Earth Day.
Hallie is a member of iMatter Youth Council

 

So together we walk, children and adults, from Camp David, Maryland to Washington, DC, to tell President Obama and other policy makers that enough is enough. We must keep the majority of fossil fuels in the ground. We demand climate action now!  Go to the Register page to learn more.

The Walk itself will be a profound request and prayer for moral vision, determination, and courage to President Obama and all national and international policy makers. The Keystone XL pipeline must not be constructed across United States territory. We must do our part in trying to preserve Alberta’s boreal forest and the indigenous lands and peoples that tar sands mining is exploiting. We must keep the vast majority of coal, tar sands, shale oil and natural gas in the ground so that we leave our grandchildren the legacy of beautiful land, pure water and a stable climate, which we inherited from our ancestors.

As we walk, we look forward to talking to the people in the communities along our route. We will be listening for their concerns and ideas about how together we can respond to the dangers posed by fossil fuels. And we will take their message with us to the White House.

The Walk will conclude at the White House on Saturday July 27, with a ceremony and rally featuring the voices of concerned youth, including a commitment ceremony based on the Declaration of youth of the United States of America of Independence from Fossil Fuels as we deliver our message of Climate Action NOW to President Obama.

For more info about the Walk, see our FAQ.

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