Earth Hour is Today! Google Gets Involved, Too

Dark version of Google's home page for Earth Hour
Google changes its background color to black in observation of Earth Hour 2008.

Today is Earth Hour! If that time hasn’t already passed for you, please remember to turn off your lights from 8–9 p.m. today. And even if it has passed, please remember that, ideally, this should be part of an overall energy-conserving lifestyle. Plan for regular periods of very low energy use, and learn how much you can do even with turning some things off.

And in case you missed it, Google has redesigned their home page for today. They’ve changed their color scheme to use a dark background. In my memory, this is unprecedented. I have never seen them take up an initiative like this, and while I have seen them change their logo on numerous occasions, I do not recall them ever changing their whole color scheme like this. I am really impressed that they did this—they have the potential to reach so many people and what a great way to really call attention to Earth Hour. Of course, they have a long history of supporting environmental projects. They include a prominent link explaining their support of Earth Hour so anyone will be able to read about why they’re doing this.

Canada’s Seal Hunt is Deplorable

My sister alerted me to Canada’s annual seal hunt. From what I’ve been able to find out, it seems cruel and unnecessary. Seals are either shot or clubbed to death, primarily for the fur. Killing mammals for food is one thing, but killing them for their fur seems ludicrous. Even more disappointing is that the Canadian government shows no sign of restricting it or banning it; in fact, they raised the “quota” of allowable kills this year.

Please read about it at the site of the Humane Society of the United States. They have ways to help, including contacting the Canadian or U.S. government, and participating in a boycott of Canadian seafood.

Mind Map: Solving Global Warming

I came across this neat mind map with a cool way of visualizing various strategies to combat global warming:

Mind map for solving global warming
Source: Live the Solution. See full-size version.

This mind map was created by Sharon Genovese, founder of an anti–global warming group called “Live the Solution”. The mind map, as well as several others, are featured in her free e-book Global Warming: A Mind Mapper’s Guide to the Science and Solutions (PDF, 5 MB / 103 pages).