Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day



Today is Blog Action Day against climate change.

This is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. It is one of the largest-ever social change events on the web. It is a chance to let your voice be heard on your opinion of climate change and help sustain the World's future.

In recent years, more and more people have become concerned about the implications our actions are having on the planet. With the threat to the environment by CO² emissions and other greenhouse gases it is more important than ever to consider what things we can do to combat the effects of global warming. One of the main culprits that has been identified is flying, whether on a business trip or even just going on holiday.

But, it is good to know that green Travel is fast becoming a fashionable option. Many holidaymakers are aware it is possible to enjoy a leisurely time away on holiday and be green at the same time. The first thing to do when booking a holiday, is to look for cities that have made a commitment to going green and have eco-friendly hotels, restaurants and businesses.

Also, when planning your holiday, offsetting your carbon emissions is a good way of compensating for the amount of CO² you will generate. When flying, this can usually be done when you book your flights, ask your tour operator for details. Or you could join an offsetting service like Climate Care, which will use your money for projects that cut greenhouse gases. http://www.jpmorganclimatecare.com/

Another way you can combat the effects of climate change is to plant a tree. Trees convert CO² into Oxygen. Get involved in a local tree planting project. Carbon Footprint runs a service where they will organise the planting of the tree for you. You can also select the region you would like your tree to be planted. www.carbonfootprint.com/plantingtrees.html

There are other things you can do yourself to make your air travel greener, such as booking a non-stop flight to reduce carbon emissions and taking public transportation to and from the airport.

Ensure you book flights with airlines that recycle the waste created when serving food and beverages to passengers. By using electronic tickets you are helping to cut down on paper waste. Electronic tickets are also much more convenient and usually quicker when booking in at the airport.

Probably the most important thing you could do and the easiest, is to keep within the baggage allowance limit, because the fewer things you take, the less fuel is needed to carry it over.

You can also let your voice be heard too. So why not go to: http://www.blogactionday.org/ and sign the global petition and then blog about it. Stand up and be counted.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Undiscovered Voices Winners

Today is a very exciting day. Many of my friends have won places in the new Undiscovered Voices anthology or have received honorary mention. A very proud moment.

For a list of the winners see: http://britishscbwi.ning.com/profiles/blogs/winners-of-undiscovered-voices