"We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time
when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly
interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great
promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent
diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth
Community with a common destiny."
–from the Preamble of the United Nations Earth Charter
Planet Earth Show Follow-Up Projects
What Families Can Do at Home
Footprint measures the amount of nature you need to support your choices
about Food, Home and Moving Around.
your Eco Footprint at:
what to do to make your Eco Footprint smaller:
Refuse what you don’t need, Reduce
what you do need, Reuse what you can’t
- Recycle what you can’t reuse and when buying...Buy Recycled if you can.
this cool video: www.storyofstuff.com
and do The BIG 10!!!!
Choose organic, locally grown vegetables and fruits. Eat less
meat and dairy— healthy & uses less energy. Join a CSA, Shop
Farmers’ Markets, Grow a garden.
2. Drink & carry tap water, not bottled—cheaper & cleaner.
3. Use cloth bags for food shopping and reusable containers for leftovers
Change your regular light bulbs to CFLs (spiral lights)
OFF is Beautiful: turn off water, lights, and unplug electronics when
not in use.
Get a thermostat that you can program to turn down the heat or the cooling
when away or sleeping at night. Try: winter: 68 F summer: 78 F; dress
for the season
Keep sun OUT on hot days IN on cold days with shades, blinds or curtains.
8. Wash only FULL loads in dish & clothes washers—use clothesline
to dry clothes.
Get Wind Energy as “carbon off-sets” for your home: www.NativeEnergy.com. Wind energy
is clean and healthier for everyone. It can be scaled up to help make
a clean energy grid.
Here are the most to least sustainable ways to travel:
- Bus or
if you must, drive your
please make your next car a hybrid or super-fuel economy model.
Senators and Representative. Contact information at www.congress.org
Shift FOCUS: from finite carbon energy to clean, inexhaustible, climate-stabilizing
from fossil fuels subsidies to energy efficiency, wind & solar subsidies
fight for and pass subsidy-shifting bills in the US Congress to fund green
jobs and the clean, renewable energy economy.
to Planet Earth Show for grades K-6
to One Earth, One Family, One Future for grades 6-12,
universities, and community organizations