A Coalition of the Willing
A Coalition of the Willing, its time to slow down, stop and reverse the abuse
Air quality is one of those things people don’t think about every day. And yet it affects each and every one of us. As you drive to work, or travel across Washington State, look around. Those of us in western Washington (as opposed to the arid east) live in the Pacific Northwest Rain Forest. It’s true. Try to imagine it. A landscape covered with multi-storied tree layers and a forest floor. It’s hard to imagine unless you are visiting one of our beautiful designated parks. As you may have heard before, trees are our lungs. They breathe in the carbon dioxide we breathe out, and they transform our carbon dioxide, giving off oxygen. This is what is known as a symbiotic relationship (specifically, a mutualistic symbiotic relationship), one in which we exist because they exist. We cannot breathe without the trees. We have saved little bits and pieces of our Pacific Northwest Rain Forest, but I think you will agree with me that the landscape you see daily is nothing like rain forest.
Just one of thousands of rallies held across the planet (Sydney Australia) in support of the 350 movement
Our air quality today is poor and getting worse. It contains a lot of particulation (molecules that don’t get cleaned out of the symbiotic cycle). These can come from many sources: emissions from cars, the burning of coal, the refining of oil, even hair spray with CFLs (Chloroflourocarbons).
What does this have to do with GGEC? There are no emissions from generating energy by using solar panels to catch the sun’s light. Unless
you purchase solar modules manufactured overseas. We use locally produced solar modules 100% of the time. This is one reason why solar power is referred to as “sustainable”. It does not increase our already poor air quality (particularly when produced locally). It does not detract from the mutualistic relationship we have with the flora. When you turn on your electricity in your home or office – when you turn on a light or power up your computer, or turn on the heat- you are pulling energy from somewhere. If it isn’t from solar, your electricity is most likely generated by coal, natural gas, or petroleum. All of which contribute to our poor air quality. Which is something we at Global Green Energy are trying to change. For the benefit of every breathing life form here on planet Earth. Here’s a useful link for those of us living in Washington State:
If you tend to be a social networker, you can also find them on Facebook.
This is the Washington State chapter of the international organization 350.org
, co-founded by Bill McKibben. 350 Washington State is all about grassroots action within the international campaign to return our air to a safe, breathable level of carbons.
350 refers to the ppm (parts per million) in the highest level of carbon safe for us to have in our atmosphere. We are currently exceeding 350 (I think I heard 388 recently), so it’s important to find ways to reduce our CO2 output, on a local level, on a state level, and on a global level. Which is why solar power is such a marvelous idea! Unlike coal and oil, the production of solar power generates no CO2. And by putting solar panels on your home or business, you will be actively NOT using coal or oil or natural gas to heat or run your home. Yes, you can make a difference!