Otho Kerr via Crowdrise
September 22, 2011
BENEFITING: The Nature Conservancy
ORGANIZER: The Nature Conservancy
Help Otho's Run to Combat Global Warming
Inspired by my running friends David, Greg and Jacqueline, I’m thrilled to be running in this year’s ING New York City Marathon on November 6th. And further inspired by my partners at EKO Asset Management Partners and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, I’m proud to be running as a member of Team Nature Conservancy. With this run, I’m seeking to raise awareness of the serious risks associated with climate change while also raising funds that can be used to further efforts to combat global warming. I'd love your support.
Please, please make a small donation to The Nature Conservancy and support our collective efforts to combat climate change. An investment in The Nature Conservancy is an investment in your and your family’s future. Just hit the big, orange DONATE button and you are helping to support The Nature Conservancy's vision to leave a sustainable world for future generations.
What’s Being Done to Combat Climate Change
The volume of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be reduced by either reducing the emission of such gases or by elevating the amount of greenhouse gases sequestered out of the atmosphere. My firm, EKO Asset Management Partners, is a specialized investment and advisory firm focused on discovering and monetizing unrealized or unrecognized environmental assets. Today, we are focused on investing in the development of land-based carbon offset projects that will remove carbon from the atmosphere. We are working closely with socially responsible investors, foundations and NGOs to advance existing forest-based methodologies and to develop agriculture-based methodologies for greenhouse gas sequestration. The Nature Conservancy is one of our partners and is one of the world’s leaders in the effort to combat climate change.
Climate Change Problem
Every credible scientist believes that human activity is resulting in a change in the Earth’s climate. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over the past 200 years, the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, and the destruction and degradation of forests have released heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that the Earth has not been able to reabsorb. Once these gases are concentrated in the atmosphere, they prevent heat from escaping into space, creating a greenhouse effect and above-normal atmospheric temperatures.
According to NOAA and NASA data, the Earth's average surface temperature has increased by about 1.2 to 1.4ºF in the last 100 years. The eight warmest years on record (since 1850) have all occurred since 1998, with the warmest year being 2005. Scientists believe that most of the recent global warming is very likely the result of human activities, and that human activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere.
The effects of climate change have the potential to be devastating. According to the EPA, “observed effects include sea level rise, shrinking glaciers, changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, lengthening of growing seasons, ice on rivers and lakes freezing later and breaking up earlier, and thawing of permafrost.” All of these effects have the overwhelming potential to destroy oceans, forests, water supplies, food supplies and livable land area – all critical to man’s very survival.
How You Can Help Combat Climate Change
Please support my run and make a small donation to The Nature Conservancy, and then share this request with a friend. Just hit the big, orange DONATE button. (Emotional support is valued equally!)
Climate change is a global issue, requiring a sense of urgency. To learn more, please listen to AL Gore’s TED Talk on climate change: http://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_s_new_thinking_on_the_climate_crisis.html
Thank you so much for supporting me, Team Nature Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy -- and the rest of mankind, for that matter.