I should start by saying that I am a glass half full kind of a person. I sat down to write this post with optimism in mind and list easy, everyday steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint, such as: unplug your appliances, use cold water (for laundry, not in the shower), keep your tires properly inflated, bring your own grocery bags, etc. But during a twitter distracted moment, I found a link to a website listing the top 100 effects of Global Warming. I started reading down the list. It covered a wide spectrum from animal lives being endangered to the end of good French wine. As I kept scrolling down, my eyes widened and my heart whimpered as I read the words “Say Goodbye to French Fries”. The description read: “Scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research say warmer temperatures are killing off wild relatives of potato and peanut plants, ‘threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought.’” What! I love animals and I am part Italian, so I love my grapes, but Global Warming is threatening french fries! Almost every child old enough to eat solid foods knows the golden arches of McDonalds. You bet they would be unplugging everything in sight if they knew it would save french fries! How many times have you said, “Lets grab a burger and fries”? I bet more than a few. So lets try reusable water bottles and compact fluorescent light blubs, if not for the animals or the grapes or any of the other 97 reasons, lets do it for the fries!
* Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be one of the largest-ever social change events on the web. www.blogactionday.org
* Top 100 effects of Global Warming www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/09/climate_100.html