Friday, December 21, 2007

Stop Global Warming Best of for 2007

BEST OF 20072007 was a year of extremes. The world experienced a series of record-breaking weather events this year, from flooding in Asia to heat waves in Europe, snowfall in South Africa and wildfires in California. America faced its worst summer drought since the Dust Bowl years of the Depression.

While Mother Nature is continuing to unfold the consequences of global warming daily, we are finally starting to see this issue take a front seat, where it belongs. Local governments, corporations, schools and individuals are stepping up to the plate to meet this challenge.
As a group of engineering undergrads from MIT who helped launch the Vehicle Design Summit say, "We are the people we have been waiting for."
We commend some great action in 2007 and hope that 2008 will be the year that the magnitude of the political and personal response matches the magnitude of this urgent problem. And now for's 2007 Best of List:

BEST FIRST STEP: The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007The Senate finally passed a bill to address significant new fuel economy standards, a vastly improved renewable fuels standard with strong environmental safeguards, and new efficiency standards that will essentially phase out the incandescent light bulb. The bill does not include everything we need, but it is a first step towards moving America beyond oil and a real down payment on curbing global warming.

BEST CONCLUSIVE, LAST WARNING: The IPCC ReportIn November, the final IPCC report was issued representing years of study and the consensus of 2500 of the world's experts. The head of the IPCC said upon its release: "What we do in the next two or three years will define our future." Time Magazine characterized the report as a final warning to humanity.
Read the full report here

BEST COLLEGE EFFORT: College of the AtlanticThe College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine was the first college to pledge to become carbon neutral in 2006. The small college of just 300 students has just one major: human ecology, or the "study of our relationship with our environment." This tiny college started quite a trend, now more than 459 other US colleges and Universities have signed the American Presidents Climate Commitment committing their campus to go climate neutral. Universities are like small cities and are a glowing example as to what can be done across the country!

BEST PRODUCT: SIGG BottlesThe popular SIGG bottles are lightweight, aluminum bottles that are recyclable and 100% biodegradable. With 2.5 million plastic water bottles being thrown away every hour in the US, we hope people will start ditching the plastic and filling up reusable bottles. Here's to a plastic free 2008!

BEST CITY EFFORT: Chicago, IllinoisChicago has green roofs, great recycling and sustainability programs, and was home to the Cool Globes exhibit this summer. Now it is undertaking a major alley retrofit. Chicago is the alley capital of America and will retrofit its 2,000 miles of alleys (which have the paved equivalent of five midsize airports) with environmentally sustainable road building materials that will allow water to penetrate the soil through the pavement itself, then the water will recharge the underground water table instead of ending up as polluted runoff in rivers and streams. Some of the water may even end up back in Lake Michigan, the city's primary source of drinking water.

BEST AWARD: Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the IPCCAn excerpt from the Citation awarding the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC and Al Gore: "By awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC and Al Gore, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is seeking to contribute to a sharper focus on the processes and decisions that appear to be necessary to protect the world's future climate, and thereby to reduce the threat to the security of mankind. Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man's control."
Please read Al Gore's brilliant acceptance speech

BEST MAGAZINE COVER: Sports IllustratedOn March 12, 2007, Sports Illustrated ran a cover of Dontrelle Willis up to his knees in water at Dolphin Stadium in Florida. The cover read: "Sports and Global Warming: As the Planet Changes, So Do the Games We Play. Time to Pay Attention!" We salute Sports Illustrated for connecting the dots for their readers on how global warming is going to impact athletes, the games they love to play and the fans who love to watch.
BEST REPORTING: Tom Friedman, New York TimesTom Friedman, the regular op-ed contributor to The New York Times, consistently provides honest, accurate, fact driven, and thought-provoking pieces about global warming. He has been instrumental in waking up the American people to this issue. (Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)
Best thing you can do? Forward this to your friends, keep virtually marching and making changes in your life to fight global warming!

Here's to a greener 2008!



aubunique said...

Thanks for posting that encouraging information, StopCo!

Anonymous said...

You guys are offering some important information on this site. Do you expect enough people to get concerned about global climate change soon enough to force government to take real action?

Anonymous said...

Information helps! Can't force people to read it but some will read it if it is available. Everyone counts one!

Anonymous said...

Days have passed, and I want something fresh to read.
No rest for the dedicated!