Roots and Shoots Group takes on the one tonne challenge

  • Mar. 5, 2007 4:00 p.m.

Submitted by Sheila Karrow-What is fully of energy, green, and sustainable? Why, a Roots and Shoots member of course!
This past weekend, our local Roots and Shoots group met at the visitor information centre with Carolyn Hesseltine to discuss the important issue of global warming.
We watched excerpts from Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, played global warming games, and tried the one tonne challenge on-line.
For an energy break, we played pine beetle tag and energy freeze tag. Our group would like to share some words of wisdom on how to reduce greenhouse gases:
o Erin: “Wash your hands in cold water.”
o Kathleen: “A normal light bulb generates 100 watts of electricity and an energy saving florescent light bulb generates 20 watts of electricity.”
o Jacob: “If we don’t do something about global warming, bad things will happen. I will use my computer less.”
o Tatyana: “I will commit to walk places as much as possible as I can reduce emissions and conserve fossil fuels.”
o Jake: “I commit to turn down my heat.”
o Gavin: “Stop driving your car so much.”
o Angus: “I never knew that global warming has something to do with pine beetles.”
o Catherine: “I learned that if we want a future we have to cut down on all of our greenhouse gases emissions.”
o Anika: “Close the front door right away so heat stays inside.”
o Judy: “Hang clothes to dry instead of using a dryer.”
o Adrian: “I commit to turning off the lights more often.”
o Claire: “I am going to bike more.”
o Mara: “Use containers instead of buying zip lock bags.”
o Shark: “Sitting for five minutes doing nothing creates energy.”
o Drew: “Don’t leave your car running.”
Let us all take the one tonne challenge and work together on Haida Gwaii to create a sustainable future for all living things. Our Roots and Shoots group meets every month to learn about conservation, nature and community. For more information contact Alison Gear or Sheila Karrow.