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Maravilloso Monday-Love our land

Submitted by on March 30, 2009 - 10:30 am

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
– Aldo Leopold

So true. We are lucky to be enjoying the earth. We need to take care of it. I am thrilled to know that Earth Hour exists and that so many countries participated on Saturday night. (I made baby formula and blogged by candlelight. It was nice). In the UK, alone, over 200 landmarks – and world famous cultural symbols — including Big Ben, the Palace of Westminster in London, and Edinburgh Castle, went dark during World Wildlife Federation’s Earth Hour. More than 100 cities and towns in the UK, including London, Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Birmingham took part in what is set to be the biggest mass action on climate change. Thousands of individuals, organizations, and businesses also switched out their lights and took part in activities such as candlelit dinners to show global leaders that they want strong action to tackle climate change. Many other countries also participated. To read more about it click here.

It’s a start. Let’s all do our part to take care of this world.


  • Anonymous says:
    March 31, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hi Ana- My kids came home from school a few weeks ago telling me about Earth Hour and how important it is to make the statement. I love that kids understand and they want to make a difference!
    Through the WWF website I sent a letter to our governor asking them to take action on a state level. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from Arnold! Here is the letter:

    Thank you for your letter on an issue I take to heart – fighting global climate change. I appreciate you taking the time to share your concern about the impact of global climate change on California.

    We know the science, we see the threat and the time for action is now. That’s why I worked with members of our Legislature to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). AB 32 established California as a national leader in the fight against climate change. We established a program for capping and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and California is set to reduce GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2010, to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

    While California leads the way, we must work with our neighbors in the fight. I’ve partnered with the governors of Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona to create the Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, a joint strategy to combat global climate change. Like AB 32, the agreement establishes a regional cap and reduction program for GHG emissions, as well as a framework for developing a similar national program.

    To reduce GHG emissions and also decrease California’s reliance on foreign oil, I have established the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for transportation. By 2020, the LCFS will reduce the carbon intensity of California’s transportation
    fuels by at least 10 percent – the equivalent of removing 3 million cars from the road.

    Through our efforts to fight climate change, we can secure both a stronger economy and a cleaner environment for future generations. Our programs promote economic growth by developing green technology. Just as the computer industry
    and the Internet built the economy of Silicon Valley, green-clean technology can be the next great economic wave for California.

    Thanks again for your interest in climate change and for writing to share your thoughts. I truly appreciate your personal commitment to the future of our great state.


    Arnold Schwarzenegger

  • Anonymous says:
    December 8, 2009 at 1:25 am

    Here it is, this is my big bad hair picture. Too funny!! Great Contest Ana!!

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