The Footprint Trust believes that the biggest environmental threat to the Isle of Wight, the planet, wildlife and the human race is Climatic Change. This is why we actively look for ways in which we all can reduce our Ecological Footprint. There are those who claim that pouring millions of tonnes of pollutants into the atmosphere causes no harm - we do not share that view!
In the UK some 28% of Carbon Dioxide, C02, and emissions come from households whilst a further 26% comes from private transport. The UK with 1% of the world's population produces 2.3% of the world's C02. By upsetting the balance of global weather patterns, rising world temperatures are predicted to have a dramatic impact on the natural world. The survival of all kinds of life on Earth is under threat.
The speed of change will be too rapid for many animals and plants to adapt to new conditions or find other areas to migrate in order to survive. Just a one degree rise in sea temperature bleaches and kills coral. This is already transforming these brilliantly coloured living ecosystems into ghostly white deserts beneath the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Arctic ice is melting, threatening the lives of creatures such as polar bears. Sea levels predicted to rise by up to 0.6 metres by the end of next century would flood low-lying Pacific islands and coastlines across the world, including parts of the UK.
The severity and frequency of extreme weather such as storms and hurricanes is on the increase worldwide. In the UK thousands of people have already suffered the misery of unprecedented violent storms and flooding.
But climate change will hit the poor in developing countries the hardest. The UN predict that by 2080 global warming will put 94 million people at risk from flooding every year - recent flooding in Bangladesh and Mozambique has devastated the lives of tens of millions. There are a number of internet sites hosted by eminent scientific bodies which will give you more information. Click here for a link to our climate change article).
The Energy Savings Trust has lots of good tips on being more efficient in our use of resources.
You can make a positive contribution by being more energy efficient and by supporting energy companies that are investing in alternatives to fossil fuel. The UK has, in the form of wind power, the largest renewable energy resource in Europe. Power from rivers and the sun are also being harnessed as are bio-fuels. Ongoing use and development of these technologies is improving their efficiency and you can be apart of this innovation.
The Footprint Trust has investigated all the claims being made by the various suppliers, as have Friends of the Earth, we feel that Green Energy offered the best all round deal – matching the local supplier’s tariff whilst supplying you with renewable energy via the National Grid. For every unit of electricity you buy, it buys 1 unit of green electricity. They Invest 50% of profits in green electricity generation. Subscribers, that’s you, also become shareholders at no extra cost.
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The following webpage gives Friends of the Earth’s view:
The Climatic Research Unit is part of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia and is widely recognised as one of the world's leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change:
The Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, which is part of the Met Office, provides a focus in the United Kingdom for the scientific issues associated with climate change:
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