We road our bicycles to “Earthfest” (2007 Climate Change Solutions) at the Cleveland Zoo yesterday. It is billed as “Ohio’s largest environmental education event.” Before the Welcoming Cermenonies, I talked with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. During the ceremony, Mr. Jackson said that global warming is forcing us to “change the way we do business” on a govermental level. And one of the things Cleveland has recently done is hire a full-time “Sustainability Coordinator.” This coordinator, Andrew Watterson, exhorted people to do things like bicycle, car pool or take the bus to work at least one day a week. This will cut someone’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 20% a week, he said. Mr. Watterson also said Cleveland is aiming at a 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2050… During the ceremony, our Sarah received a award for an essay she wrote about helping reverse climate change. Megan, a ninth grader from Midpark HS, also won an award for a poem she wrote on climate change. An excerpt reads: “A single tear falls… from the withered sky… And no one stops to realize… Our Mother Earth cries… As she’s ripped apart… And the sun beats down… On her half melted heart… Would you poison your child?…” Note: The irony is we are, indeed, poisoning our children. Our lifestyle choices are poisoning the environment (air born carcinogens, acid rain, greenhouse gases…). And in turn, these all will having significant ‘poisoning’ effects on our children. What kind of parents have we become? Note 2: I will be interviewed on: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/politicsone tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7 pm EST.