and Carbon Footprints

Double Welcome to Carbon Footprint Defined.

That is right. I am the second owner of this website. The site was being sold because it was not making money and taking too much time. I thought it was a great site with a great topic and so wanted to keep it going.

I live a long way from the first owner, but I share the same concern for the quality of life on the earth. My name is Mike and I live in South Georgia. When I am not working, I love to jog, take walks go birding and just enjoy nature in general.

A wake up call came to me when our local Audubon club was able to help others such as hunters to save several thousand acres of wetland. The wetland is now known as Chickasawhatchee Wildlife Management Area. People really seem to understand the simple concept of having fun by looking at beautiful birds. At building this website I hope to show that a low carbon world is going to be beautiful and fun. I hope you will contribute to this site with your insight as to how the future is going to be great!

Welcome to Carbon Footprint Defined.

Here, my intention is to introduce myself and give you an idea what has prompted me to go on this site journey.

If you have ever visited the Parry Sound Georgian-Bay area north of Toronto Ontario, you know already just how beautiful it is here. Hopefully, it will stay this way forever. If you are a faithful cottager in this lovely area, I'm sure you know what I mean.

As a resident, I'm working on cleaning up bad habits that can help correct my contribution to carbon footprints.

My family and I have been fortunate to have been raised in this area all of our lives. No matter where some have chosen to settle, this area still is and will always be considered home.

With a family to look after, some very spoiled and needy pets plus a full-time job to go to, life has been rather busy.

I have though managed to also squeeze in some "it's all about-me" time (well, as much as I can get away with) over the last few years to take on a few other specific-interest projects of my own.

I very much enjoy researching Parry Sound family ancestry and am working on compiling it for the family.

I am enjoying learning about the ways of the web and site-building through SBI (Site Build It).

In addition to interests I currently have, two things always stand out now about what I remember when I was growing up as a teenager in the 70's.

I remember skating across Georgian-Bay very early in the Winter, to get to a friends' house. Maybe I was just fearless or negligent then, not sure. I'm sure though my parents wouldn't have allowed it if it wasn't safe. Nevertheless, we all did it, and it certainly seemed safe enough then.

People now don't want to venture out, myself included it seems, until much later in the season (way past Christmas) because the ice just isn't there like it used to be.

I used to enjoy watching a "good thunderstorm."

Not anymore. They are too violent, too close. They have changed in their intensity I think. We don't recall years ago being so concerned about other family members in Southern Ontario during a storm as we seem to be nowadays.

We seem to make phone-calls now frequently after a storm to ask "everything alright?"

I certainly don't remember any talk about polar bears disappearing or Arctic ice melting way too fast. Was I just too busy being a teenager and not paying attention?

Things have changed, at least I am convinced they have, and it concerns me. Something is going out there for sure I believe.

"We shall require a substantially new manner of
thinking, if mankind is to survive."
- Albert Einstein

With so much emphasis on the reporting of problems stemming from global warming and the serious state of our landfills and natural surroundings, I realize I need to do better as a contributor to the solutions, and not the problem.

Call it too lazy, too busy, a case of ignorance or whatever you like. The point is, there really aren't any reasonable excuses for not making an effort to conserve, preserve and take a bit more care of our surroundings. It's not really about me at all.

It's about what is here long after you and I are not.

There certainly is room for improvement at my house and in the way we go about our daily activities. And, it all does begin at home by taking a little extra time and doing things in a common-sense manner for starters.

This is an opportunity to learn a few a things, and perhaps share some good information as well.

(I would like to think that as I get older, I get wiser too)

So, enough about-me, what about YOU?

Maybe you can be inspired with me if you aren't sure where to begin when it comes to cleaning up bad habits no matter where you live.

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