US oil fieldBiodiesel: Getting the facts

By Rowan Hallett

Everything seems to happen slowly in Bermuda, including change. Sometimes the culprit is our laid-back island mentality or Black Seal, but when it comes to implementing change, it’s usually a lack of information that prevents Bermudians from making more sustainable choices. A great example of this cultural paradigm is biodiesel.

 

Biodiesel is diesel fuel that contains components derived from renewable raw materials, such as vegetable oils and animal fat. It has been available on island for at least three years, and yet most vehicles with diesel engines are still running on regular diesel. This traditional petroleum-based version draws on limited reservoirs of fossil fuels, as well as polluting the atmosphere with unnecessary levels of dangerous volatile organic compounds in their emissions.

Tatem Middle School Green KidsGreen Kids: From trash to treasure

By Rowan Hallett

All you need is a little creativity, some basic tools and a lot of enthusiasm to turn something that’s destined for the dumpster into a gift for the community. Fortunately, a team of four kids from the TN Tatem Middle School has an abundance of those resources. Morgan McKinnon Burgess, Deshale Lewis, Nicholas Mello and Joshua Deallia, along with their Advisory Club Director, Paul Harney, are working together to convert deteriorating wooden lunch benches into raised flowerbeds for the elderly at the Lorraine Rest Home.

www.earthday.netGreen Kids: Earth Day every day

By Rowan Hallett

The Green Generation. It might sound like the title of a new sci-fi movie, but this is actually the Earth Day Campaign for 2009. This year’s Earth Day, held on April 22, marks the 39th anniversary of the global celebration of our commitment to saving the planet.

 

Since the first official Earth Day in 1970, celebrated by a mere 20 million people in America, the event has grown to global proportions. Now approximately 500 million people in 175 countries will choose to make the world a better place for present and future generations!

Woodburning fireplaceWood-fired central heating: Leave your heating bills out in the cold

By Felix Tod

Now that winter is behind us – hopefully! – we have all those heating bills to look forward to. Cold, damp nights with all the radiators on and the AC on reverse cycle soon add up.

 

The Government’s Green Paper states that Bermudians emit more pollution per capita than China, so it's time to look at woodburning stoves, a cleaner and cheaper heating alternative, for next winter.

Kids by candle lightGreen Kids: Celebrate Earth Hour!

By Henry Adderley

The revolution against climate change starts at home, and Greenrock invites families across the island to celebrate Earth Hour together.

 

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created Earth Hour to demonstrate that individual actions are important and add up to make a big difference. To date, a record 1500 cities and towns in 80 countries have committed to turning off their lights on March 28 at 8:30pm.

 

And as much as Earth Hour is a global event, it is also an event for the family. By talking to children and making little changes in and around the house, Bermudian families can make a positive impact for Earth Hour and beyond.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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Hamilton HM11, Bermuda

Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
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