Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bennett's donation opens fund-raising to underwrite climate-change education

Carbon Caps Task Force receives donation for global warming education

Omni Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology announces that its environmental committee, the Carbon Caps Task Force (CCTF), has received a donation of $5,000 from Omni Founder Dick Bennett.

The CCTF was formed in 2006 to encourage Arkansas to address problems related to climate change, and the group was instrumental in the creation of the Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. The Commission is mandated to suggest legislation that will help Arkansas mitigate the effects of global warming. Preparing the state to adapt to the climate as it changes, in ways that are good for the economy, environment and people of Arkansas. Commissioners are from a broad variety of energy stakeholders across the state, representing science, government, industry, labor, business and nonprofit environmental groups.

Now that the Global Warming Commission is at work, CCTF is seeking ways that it can support them through education about global warming, and coalition building with other people and groups working on this critical issue. Donor Dick Bennett sees an opportunity to make a strong impact in our state. As a former teacher he feels that when people understand just what global warming will do to our lives, they’ll be willing to make changes.

“We’ve been living in a carbon bubble, and thought it could go on forever,” Dick says. “Reeducating ourselves for a sustainable life may not be easy, but it’s possible now. As time goes on, it’ll be harder. Reeducation now is crucial. CCTF is a group dedicated to this kind of education, and I’m ready to support them in this.”

For more information on how you can participate or donate, see the Carbon Caps Task Force link on Omni Center’s Web site at HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank", or contact committee chair Robert McAfee at 479-462-8834, HYPERLINK "" \t "_blank"

The Carbon Caps Task Force is a committee of Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology. It works to inform Arkansans about how global warming will affect them, and what they can do about it. They also support the Governor’s Commission on Global Warming. The Commission’s Web site will be opening soon.

For more information contact
Robert McAfee
Carbon Caps Task Force receives donation for global warming education
Dick Bennett

Melanie Dietzel
Gladys Tiffany


Anonymous said...

My family can't make that kind of big donation. When we recover from the Christmas shopping, I'll keep it in mind to save something to donate in spring.

aubunique said...

Christmas would be a time to teach your children about the importance of protecting the earth!

Tell them that each member of the family will forego receiving just one of the expected gifts and that the money saved (however small) will go to support the effort to forestall climate change.

And you could even include words about how people waste resources to have a few extra luxuries or toys and ought to be giving the future the gift of a healthy planet!

Anonymous said...

I have discussed this with my wife and we agreed to cut everyone short by one gift, but does it have to be one that kids are really counting on in order to feel like a sacrifice for the future of the earth?