The Paris Climate Summit – What You Need to Know
Article from Earth Institute | Columbia University blog, November 11, 2015 by Renee Cho
The difference in average surface temperatures from 1970-79 (bottom) to 2000-09 (top) due to global warming. Photo: NASA
What is it?
COP21, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, will be held outside of Paris in Le Bourget, France, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. It is called COP21 because it is the 21st annual meeting of the Conference of Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The parties meet each year to assess their progress in dealing with climate change; its objective is to achieve “stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
Read the full article here.
WPB Trees – Sign up for ebilling and receive a free tree!
The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has embarked on a 10 year/10,000 tree project to increase the canopy of the West Palm Beach urban forest as part of the implementation of the “Rethink Paradise: West Palm Beach Sustainability Action Plan”. To do this, the City will provide free trees to the residents and businesses of the City. Trees will be distributed minimally in 3 gallon pots and ready for planting. Planting and care instructions will be provided with each tree. Trees to be awarded will be Florida Friendly species.
For example: Switch to paper free Public Utilities Water billing and receive a free tree. Shade, cool and Beautify your home or business. Paper free services save energy and natural resources. Sign up for paperless billing at wpb.org/utilities/paperless-billing/.
Why Plant Trees?
Image Credit: Your Leaf, yourleaf.org
2015 Earth Overshoot Day was August 13
Haven’t heard of Earth Overshoot Day before? While it’s not something to celebrate, it should definitely be noted and taken into consideration.
From the Earth Overshoot Day website: “Global overshoot occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide—fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, wood, cotton for clothing, and carbon dioxide absorption—exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest. This overshoot leads to a depletion of Earth’s life-supporting natural capital and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”
Learn more by reading this great aricle by Samantha Page at thinkprogress.org
Or go to the Earth Overshoot Day website to learn more including using their footprint calculator to see what your own footprint is.