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Earth Hour and why it is important

Earth Hour and why it is important


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  • Turn off the lights 15 sec of impressive photos Turn on the lights Impressive? Julia 5 min - overview of the global climate change –statistics, data, etc Transition – but it affects individually. Vika 5 min – George Carlin video – opposite. Real planet will stay. Life will not. life examples – increasing number of disasters Transition – simple action , think small Erika 5 min – Your actions matter. One of the simple actions: turn off the lights: turn off the lights. earth hour, turn off the lights. What it is? What it does? In the darkness? latvenergo savings. Questions/ Answers – question from our side? It is up to us to write what happens next – final statement. Funny – candle light
  • Beginning with lights off
  • Rainforest: A typical four square mile patch of tropical rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 2000 plants that are active against cancer cells. Seventy percent of these plants are found only in the rainforest. Pollution: Costs – in death and desease Approximately 1/3 of male fish in British rivers are in the process of changing sex due to pollution. Hormones in human sewage, including those produced by the female contraceptive pill, are thought to be the main cause. q Over 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic waste per year. Over 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish are killed per year due to pollution 2011 tsunami in Japan created a 70-mile-long island of debris, which is floating out into the Pacific Ocean. The debris is made up of houses, plastics, bodies, cars, and radioactive waste.
  • A typical four square mile patch of tropical rainforest contains as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies. The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 2000 plants that are active against cancer cells. Seventy percent of these plants are found only in the rainforest. Rainforests: - help stabilize the world’s climate; - provide a home to many plants and animals; - maintain the water cycle - protect against flood, drought, and erosion; - are a source for medicines and foods; - support tribal people; and - are an interesting place to visit
  • Vika: are you still skeptic? Geogre Carlin 1 min video Vika 5 min – George Carlin video – opposite. Real planet will stay. Life will not. life examples – increasing number of disasters Transition – simple action , think small http://youtu.be/arbpu1xKAow
  • Statistics for Greece
  • Statistics for Greece
  • Summary: we have to start taking small steps to improve the environment and climate around us
  • Transition to Erika
  • ERIKA’S 5 min Anita Roddick Erika 5 min – Your actions matter. Parthenon – will be gone in 10 years, if every visitor takes one stone as a giveaway
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ac99Ny-k20
  • Several ways to make a difference: choose reusable cup (instead of plastic one), use 2-sided printing when printing out the slides for the classes. OR One simple action: turn off the lights : turn off the lights .
  • TURN OFF THE LIGHTS Electricity consumption is one of the main causes of climate change. Only 12% of all electricity is gained by renewable energy. Forecast in 21 st century +3C to 6C. +2 – already collapse. In order to reach at least +2, -75% of carbon emission is needed. Yearly electricity consumption 144 TWh (1.7M LVL/hour) 567K dogs can eat for one day; 340K people can eat for a day; 97K anti HEP vaccinations http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/energy/great-energy-challenge/world-electricity-mix/
  • Erika Earth Hour is a mass participation event in the world organized by WWF, when INDIVIDUALS and ORGANIZATIONS turn off the electricity for one hour to show concern about climate change. Simbolic event, implemented in order to mobilize people to take action on  climate change . Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off. From 2007-
  • Ending with lights on
  • VIKA – FINAL STATEMENT
  • Vika – another call to action
  • Transcript

    • 1. Pollution Brings Death and Disease 8% 1 000 deaths daily 1 000 000 sea birds annually 100 000 mammals annually $12.8 billion annually
    • 2. Rainforests Sustain Balance on the Earth 30% of all oxygen Regulate temperatures 1 second = 1 football field Coverage: 14% - 6% 40 years
    • 3. Still Skeptic?
    • 4. Wildfires Devastate Greek Olive Groves 4% of average annual production affected 60% of farmers income 10 years for a newly planted tree to bring crop
    • 5. Earthquakes Cause Big Losses to Life and Property The number of people affected grew from 10,000 to 200,000 On average 12 people are killed per earthquake 95% live in an earthquake prone zone
    • 6. Volcanic Ash Caused One of the Biggest Air Travel Disruptions Over 95,000 flights cancelled in Europe Airline industry lost around EUR 1.3B Airports lost around EUR 120M
    • 7. Source: LVGMC During 20th Century Average Temperature in Latvia Increased by 1°C
    • 8. You Make the Difference
    • 9. +6°C +2°C -75% Carbon Emission
    • 10. Show Concern about Climate Change
    • 11. Questions?
    • 12. It is up to Us to Write What Happens Next