Gini Index

This is one of those things that you really did not know. 

If you are a rookie environmentalist like myself,  you would know what I mean by saying that I love information like this. 

 

It is becoming increasingly evident that the ‘’ (the gap between the wealthy and the poor) is beginning to show itself in our environmental society. Instead of measuring wealth, you measure environmental knowledge. There are those, like myself, who are taking steps to mitigate and reduce our influence on our global environment. At the other end there are those who consider matters relating to the environment to be of negligible consequence, “not my problem” or “I have other important issues”. In simple terms, the factor is the measure of rich in environmental knowledge  vs poor in environmental knowledge.

The primary issue is no longer a matter of awareness. There are numerous sets of data to show that the penetration of awareness across all aspects of our society is extremely high.

The ‘knowledgeable and responsible rich’ have all the answers for the ‘ignorant and irresponsible poor’ to change. Government is looking for ways to create ‘green economies’. Business is finding ways to ‘save more on their bottom line’. Civil society is seeking to establish an ‘environmentally just society’. These sectors are the knowledgeable and responsible people.

The ‘environmentally ignorant and irresponsible’, who are in the majority, see that group as elitist. They are seen to come across as “we know what is good for you”. And along the way there are promises of jobs, promises of incentives and more and more commissions.

All the time, the tap keeps on dripping while the ‘environmentally ignorant’ simply walk past it. “The Government or Business or Civil Society will close the tap, cause they know how to” is there response.

That leaking tap is everybody’s problem. Addressing climate change is not a fad or fancy and is not elitist. No amount of money or rules or plans will solve the problem. Only actions will. Let the closing of dripping taps be of value to everybody, so that we fight to be the first to close it.

 

 

 

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What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour, a World

What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiative, started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million households turned off their lights for one hour to make a stand against climate change. Today, Earth Hour is so much more than simply switching off lights for an hour once a year. It’s a growing international movement of citizen-driven action for the environment.

When is Earth Hour? This year’s campaign culminates on Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 8.30pm when South Africa joins others around the world – individuals and organisations – in turning off the lights for an hour as an act of symbolic unity. It is a time to reflect on, renew and celebrate your commitments to protecting our planet beyond the hour.

What is this year’s campaign about? Centred on a powerful call to action – How do you honour the Earth? – WWF South Africa is asking everyone to make a promise to honour the Earth by thinking about the choices we make around our food, water and energy use – and understanding our wider impact on the environment. We want people to share these promises online (wwf.org.za) and experience the journey as the virtual planet goes from degraded to beautiful!

What difference will that make? Growing participation in Earth Hour globally has shown that there is an impetus for individuals to take action through better choices for the planet, thus making a collective impact. The power of choice is in our hands through our everyday commitments and consumer selection. Together we can leave a legacy of flourishing ecosystems, healthy rivers, and abundant flora and wildlife.

How can I take part? Throughout March, visit wwf.org.za to make your promise to the Earth. Talk, tweet, post, pin, share, support and spread the word #EarthHourZA

How much warming in the pipeline? Part 1 – CO2-e

Brave New Climate

CO2-equivalents, for all forcings and just greenhouse gases

You may have heard that the planet is committed to further warming and sea level rise, irrespective of what choices we now make to reduce carbon emissions. The global warming century trend that was observed from 1906 to 2005 was 0.74°C (with a 90% uncertainty range of 0.56°C to 0.92°C), with more warming occurring in the Northern over Southern Hemispheres, and more over land compared to oceans. Yet, based on our understanding of the climate impact of greenhouse gases (GHG) such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and other trace gases, we should have observed even more warming than this. Actually, when you put all the pieces together, the expectation is for much more warming.

But before I tackle the critical issue of just how much more warming is still in the pipeline (in another post), it is important to explain…

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