Great Green Links
Although we think that campaigners are doing a great job in raising the awareness of climate change, pollution, CO2 etc, we are more interested in doing something about it. We do not publicise commercial entities or support any manufacturers. However, below are some great links about firstly understanding the problem and secondly, also about what we can actually do about it, within our homes, our communities and our countries. After all, this issue belongs to all of us.
Explaining the problem
350.org – is an organisation promoting awareness about CO2 and climate change. Their focus is on the number 350—as in parts per million CO2. If we can’t get below that, scientists say, the damage we’re already seeing from global warming will continue and accelerate. But 350 is more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
The BBC provide a great history significant dates for climate change
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) are UK based and provide free information about domestic saving energy, everything from CFL light bulbs to advice for building professionals.
Without Hot Air (WHA) is a great e-book which explains what we need to do from the top down (at government level) AND from the bottom up (what we, the public, can do) and uniquely connects them in the middle! It is free to download and although it is a large document if you want all of the detail, it has a good summary document too.
The Hockerton Housing Project (HHP) – “The Hockerton Housing Project is the UK’s first earth sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development. The residents of the five houses generate their own clean energy, harvest their own water and recycle waste materials causing no pollution or carbon dioxide emissions.” – The project was privately developed by several families who also live there full time so really understand how it works as a system. They overcame all the problems and objections (such as processing sewage and installing wind turbines). They provide educational materials and classes and is well worth a visit if you are in the UK, or researching on line.
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – is based in Central West Wales on the edge of Snowdonia park in beautiful surroundings. They are a non-profit organisation which “offer solutions to some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources.” They demonstrate practical ways of addressing these problems. Leading by example, they aim to show that living more sustainably is not only easy to attain but can provide a better quality of life. They run courses to from day length to Masters degrees and have working examples of all manner of technologies such as solar arrays, wind turbines, hydraulic rams, biochar, water powered funicular railway system, various planting schemes etc. They also publish some excellent books.