Over 80 million Americans and 1 billion people worldwide participated in Earth Hour last year by turning out their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future.
Landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas Strip and the Great Pyramids of Gaza will also participate in the event this year. The City of Chico will also participate by turning off exterior lights at the Chico Municipal Center on Main Street.
The Rawlins Advisory Board encourages you to participate in Earth Hour as well and to tell your friends and neighbors about the event and the importance of our solidarity and recognition of mankinds environmental responsibilities.
More information about Earth Hour can be found at www.myearthhour.org
Did you know the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is open for public use? Anyone can walk in to the reserve at any time, just sign in at a main gate and follow the rules posted on the sign. The BCCER is a perfect place for a picnic, family outing or an afternoon stroll. Access the reserve through Highway 32 or Bidwell park, and make sure you're not going on a designated hunting day by checking out the BCCER website here.
The BCCER is a resource managed by the California State University, Chico Research Foundation through The Institute for Sustainable Development and the College of Natural Sciences.
The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics in conjunction with the Committee on Arts and Lectures, the Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Peace Institute are collaboratively hosting the event.
More information can be found by viewing the events brochure, visiting the film's website or reading an excerpt from the film's website below.
"The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity - all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.
In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war's "silent casualty."Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. The very sustainability of our planet is at stake. We can no longer maintain silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is "inconvenient" or "callous" at a time when human life is so endangered"
The Jack Rawlins Advisory Board is composed of North State educators, business leaders and public figures interested in promoting environmental literacy throughout North State communities. We have created this blog in order to keep fellow community members up to date on relevant happenings in our area. If you would like to contribute with info or news please send us an email at RawlinsCommittee@csuchico.edu