You can help reduce fossil fuel use!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by Katie

We know that our world as a whole has been gradually getting warmer, causing our climate to change. Right now, many ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine are at risk. We believe that we must protect and preserve the habitats and ecosystems we depend on for future generations of Mainers, like you. 

When we burn fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, we are increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This carbon dioxide acts like a heat trapping blanket around the Earth, the more carbon dioxide we release the thicker that blanket gets. This blanket effect is making the Earth warmer. A lot of this heat is being absorbed by the ocean and making it warmer as well. As the Gulf of Maine gets warmer, it is affecting the entire food web and this complex ecosystem.

Students all over Maine are working towards increasing energy efficiency and shifting our energy systems away from fossil fuels. One thing you can do is talk to your school leaders about conducting an audit of your school's energy system. Here in Maine, schools are using the Eco Schools USA Energy Audit to better understand how we can reduce our energy use and our reliance on fossil fuels.

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