CLIMATE CHANGE: SHED YOUR LIGHT ON THE DARKNESS
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand are known for their thousands of glowworms on the ceiling. A species found exclusively in New Zealand, Arachnocampa luminosa survive with no sunlight. Organized tours of the caves include a boat ride along the Waitomo River underneath the glowworms whose lights reflect and sparkle on the water. Boats float along silently since the glowworms turn themselves off when there is too much noise. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if humans could automatically turn themselves off when they produce too much noise, too much consumption, too much ozone, too much ecological damage?
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meets in Paris at the end of this month. Participating nations will make significant progress in combating climate change if they boldly choose to eliminate unsustainable modes of production and consumption. When localities and individuals also take action to create a viable future for people and planet, the Waitomo glowworms will be the first to thank us.
- Climate change refugees: http://wapo.st/1OIsaaN
- Climate change resources: unep.org/tools/default.asp?ct=clim
- Climate change ‘webzine’: cop21.gouv.fr/en/toolbox/webzine
- Climate-friendly food guide: humanmedia.org/dcc/pdf/foodguide.pdf
- ‘Global Frackdown’ to Paris: globalfrackdown.org/about/