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“As things are today, even without any further increases in world population, if every person in the world were to start consuming as Americans {Canadians} do, humanity would require the resources of at least two additional planet Earths to support it.” Paul and Anne Ehrlich

Please take a look at these recent photos from the International Space Station showing how the web of night lighting is indicative of an increasing population pushing its way into every part of the globe. We see in the first photo how the entire length of Earth’s longest river, the Nile, is lit up. Paul and Anne Ehrlich’s book “One with Nineveh: Politics, Consumption, and the Human Future” has a composite photo of the world at night. It is ablaze with lights. Seven years after these scientists’ book was published, the world’s population has gone from 6.3 billion people to seven billion by October, 2011. When Professor Ehrlich wrote his controversial book, “The Population Bomb” in the 1968, governments thought the present day inheritor of Malthus’18th century theory of human population growth had really made a massive mistake. Malthus said,” “The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man”. Tragically, the Ehrlich’s predictions for human survival are now repeatedly confirmed. The ‘Malthusian Catastrophe’ is fueled by super-exponential growth, and greed I might add.

Since Canadians, Australians and Americans ‘lead’ the world in the rapacious destruction of the planet, vast relief would come with a one child policy for these nations to help curtail the world’s misery. As well, compassionate adults should create the means for the stricken children of other nations to thrive by drastically lowering their consumption and becoming vegans (a vegan’s food/ecological footprint is so much lower than a meat/dairy eater’s). Grandparents and parents might also sing the praises for adoption of the malnourished living rather than pushing 20th century models of ‘family’. Vast revenues can be found as well by stopping medical research that only benefits the rich few (us), and channeling that money into disbursing known medical successes to the three billion humans who, for example, lack the simple remedies for water born diseases. Doing more and taking less can revitalize our society and the Eaarth.


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09-12-2011

Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations - volunteers

Activities include use of quality microscope, planting seeds, visit from turtles, snakes and chicken, Toronto musician making recycled instruments with children, bee-keeping: why bees are important. 2009 brings GTEDC to two local public schools to celebrate our planet.


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Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations - other

The World Wildlife Fund Living Planet Report 2006, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s ‘Red List’ of threatened species or the United Nations’ Millennium Ecosystem Assessment’s ‘Ecosystems and Human Well-Being Biodiversity Synthesis’ will enable you to understand the depth of the biodiversity crisis.


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Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations - dispatches

Studies conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reveal that a traditional gas powered lawn mower produces as much air pollutants as 43 new cars, each being driven 12,000 miles. In fact, according to the Ministry of the Environment, running an old gas-powered lawn mower for one hour can produce as much air pollution as driving a new car 550 kilometers.


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Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations - education

All levels of Canadian government are asked to cut carbon dramatically and immediately, invest in a green economy, power our future with clean energy and not dirty fuels, and lead the world to a clean and equitable energy future. The talk was an exploration of how we can make our societies more resilient through renewable energy, changing our values and our willingness to fully embrace a conservation ethic.


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Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations - events

On October 24 at 3:50 PM join Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations, Collingwood Music Festival and the Nagata Shachu Taiko Japanese Drumming Ensemble as we start our walk for Climate Action on Hurontario Street at the Loblaws supermarket and make our way south up Collingwood’s main street.


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Conservation Actions - Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations

Gas driven lawn mowers cause monstrous quantities of noise, ground ozone pollution and massive greenhouse gas emissions. Gas mowers emit Nitrogen oxides, Carbon monoxide, Hydrocarbons, Particulate Matter, and Volatile Organic Compounds. Reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions, grow a healthier lawn and save money. Image eight older inefficient cars.


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Upcoming Events - Georgian Triangle Earth Days Celebrations

There is a “Tee Please” golf range there and go 1 Km to the Community Garden sign; alternatively, when coming from Collingwood, take 6th Street west of Rona and turn right on 19 for 2 Km. We’d like to show how push lawn mowers are great for climate stabilization and we hope to have a few of these ready for our community to try out.