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Keeping in line with PEEC’s Earth Day theme this year, Matt Dickens has many hot ideas for a cool county. But the county’s conservation officer plans to begin small – with a game of Eco-Jeopardy.Attendees of this year’s Earth Day celebration will have a chance to win any of several conservation-oriented devices, from CFL light bulbs and rain gauges to an ultra-low-flush toilet.Thanks to sometimes-simple technology, Dickens said these devices make it easy – they don’t require any major lifestyle changes, they save money and they help the planet to boot.“It’s important we work to reduce our anthropogenic influence on climate change,” Dickens said. “It’s important we do our part because we can.”Although he admitted the figures vary widely, Dickens said most of the numbers he sees suggest that naturally, the Earth would warm 1-2 degrees over the next 100 years. Because of humans, he said scientists up that prediction to about 9-11 degrees.It doesn’t have to be this way.Dickens said that because 50 percent of our utility consumption is based on waste, “reducing our carbon footprint requires nothing more than using the right amount of resources.”For instance, an average household uses about 5.2 tons of carbon each year, he said.
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