My New Year's Resolution for 2007 (remember those?) was to do something about global warming and climate change. It never hurts to think big (!), but in general my progress this year has been a wash. I have written a few letters to our congresspeople, gone to a few political rallies, bought a hybrid car, switched to those swirly lightbulbs, changed to a mostly vegetarian diet, done all my washing in cold water -- and moved to a part of the country where I heat and light my house with oil, coal, and nuclear, and commute 50 miles a day. In Minneapolis
our electricity was all wind power and we walked everywhere, so this isn't impressive progress. Phooey.
Still, I am undaunted! So, on Saturday, I am participating in the Chesapeake Climate Action Network's (CCAN) Third Annual Polar Bear Plunge. To give you a better mental image, I'll be jumping headlong, in my $10 uninsulated bathing suit
, without any grace or style whatsoever, into the freezing cold Chesapeake Bay in order to raise awareness about climate change and funds to keep it appropriately brisk and icy for the future.
If you share my concern about this issue and would like to help out, you can pledge to support me in the plunge by filling out the (secure) online form here
. To sponsor me, you'll need some of my personal details, so if you're an online friend of mine and you don't have those necessary details, reply to this post with your email and I will see to it that you get them. (Comments are screened so that only I will be able to see your email, or even whether you've replied.)
You'll also get pictures, an account of the event, and my eternal gratitude afterwards, naturally.
Contributions are tax deductible, and more information about CCAN is available on their website: http://www.chesapeakeclimate.org/