Cutting the Fossil Fuel Addiction
Each and every day, North Americans depend upon vast quantities
of fossil fuels to drive our economy and many other aspects of our
lives. This overdependence causes the release of greenhouse gases
such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, all of which
contribute to decreasing the health of our atmosphere.
Several of the most disconcerting atmospheric problems include
smog and air pollution, which are responsible for a higher incidence
of respiratory diseases and death; acid rain, which contaminates
numerous other ecosystems such as watersheds and forests; and finally,
one particularly serious issue, climate de-stabilization caused
by the accelerated rate of global warming.
So what is the solution to all of these environmental concerns?
Not the development of more nuclear
plants or hydro facilities, as these too have damaging consequences
to the environment.
Instead, Sierra Club Canada advocates a sensible mix of
solutions, involving the highest possible level of energy efficiency
by North American households and businesses alike, the deployment
of renewable sources such as wind and solar power, and a widespread
shift to new, innovative technologies like hybrid and fuel cells
to move people and goods around.
For more information on Sierra Club Canada’s Atmosphere
and Energy campaigns, or to find out how you can help, please check
out the links below.
Lighting the Way: The Sierra Club's Look at First Steps Toward
a Clean Energy Future
energy-delivery system in North America is in trouble, and the harmful
effects of this are being felt today in the form of health problems,
environmental damage, and a system that doesnt meet todays
needs. The Sierra Club U.S. and Sierra Club Canada have surveyed
energy programs and found that each of the states and provinces
in the northeast United States and Atlantic Canada has taken some
useful steps that serve as examples of opportunities for all. Read
the report here (pdf, 280k)
Get Involved in the campaign for a clean green energy future for Ontario.