BENEFITING: CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK
EVENT: CCAN Polar Plunge 2016
EVENT DATE: Jan 30, 2016
If you know me well enough, you've probably heard me complaining about this winter's unseasonably warm weather. Last year, 2015, was the hottest year on record, and cities throughout the east coast experienced record high temperatures not only in the summer months, but over Christmas too!
What many people don't realize is that this isn't good for us humans. Sure, the planet can handle dramatic climate changes, it has for eons. But we can't. According to the UN, over half of the world's population lives within 60km of a coastline. With rising global temperatures, sea ice and glaciers will continue to melt and sea levels will rise, swallowing up much of our coastlines and islands. Homes and livelihoods, gone.
While there are a slew of other adverse effects being felt by climate change, you might be wondering, "Well what causes it and what can I do?" Glad you asked.
1. Pledge some money to the Chesapeake Climate Action Network fund for me. I'll be taking a plunge into the icy Potomac waters in National Harbor on January 30 to raise awareness. I'm telling people about climate change and trying to educate. Show me support for my efforts, please!
2. Be a smart person. Two easy examples: (1) Cars emit a lot of greenhouse gases over their lifetime, so drive a little less. In the market for a new car? Get a hybrid or electric car; there are tax incentives for doing so! (2) Air conditioning releases super potent greenhouses gases into the atmosphere. Don't run the AC as much and when you do, don't set it below 70.
3. Ask me for more tips. I've got a list of Everyday Conservation Tips that Help the Environment that I'd love to share!
THANK YOU for reading this all the way through. I appreciate your time and any assistance you can give. For what it's worth, doing a polar plunge has been on my Bucket List for years, so thank you for making this happen!
KEEP WINTER COLD!