White Roofs Project Update and White Roofs at Auckland EcoDay Festival on 6th March
White Roofs idea warming up
The idea occurred to me three years ago when looking for a way of making a significant reduction in global warming, and other people around the world have also had the same idea and it is warming up and building momentum.
When I suggested the idea three years ago it may have seemed crazy to many, but now the climate has changed, now that there is a background of serious scientific research on the white roofs concept and it has gained credibility. When the opportunity unexpectedly fell into my lap to launch this project last October, I found to my surprise that the Obama administration were taking white roofs seriously and their new Secretary of Energy (a Nobel Prize wining physicist) was now pushing the white roofs idea (over there they call it Cool Roofs) and they had begun implementing it onto Federal buildings. More recently I noticed there is now a Cool Roofs Project over a number of European countries including the UK, Greece, Italy, France, with funding from the European Union and it appears to be making good progress (more about that in the next newsletter). Recently I noticed that APEC commissioned a study into cool roof technologies and the idea seems to have spread there from America.
Cool Roofs projects in the US and EU emphasise reduction on carbon emissions through cooler buildings and reduced carbon emissions through reduced air conditioning, in other words doing good without it hurting your pocket. The White Roofs Project NZ emphasises cooling the planet by reflecting sunlight back into space, with the added benefit of energy savings and cooler buildings, in other words doing good and benefitting at the same time. Each is focusing on different aspects of the same thing, and both have the win-win component necessary for the idea to succeed.
The idea seems to be coming into being much faster than I had expected with the growing interest overseas, and this will help the project here in New Zealand and may mean that the idea is eventually introduced into national and local administration here sooner than I had expected, as well as more people locally painting their roofs white or spreading the word when they see it gives them an immediate action plan by which they can do something themselves about global warming. Since October 2010 I have received emails from Paihia to Otago.
Help wanted at the Auckland EcoDay Festival
We will be having a booth at the EcoDay festival, 6th March, 10am to 4pm. EcoDay festival is in its 10th year and last year attracted over 90 exhibitors and over 5000 visitors. The event is free and organised by EcoMatters Sustainable Living Centre. More details at http://ecoday.org.nz
Help is welcomed for printing of two long colour banners and possibly some brochures, if you are in the printing business. Also a video projector if you have one to loan for that weekend.
Quoting from the EcoDay site:
“EcoDay is Auckland’s premier sustainable living festival and provides visitors with information and inspiration to incorporate green principles and practices into their everyday lives. Now in its ninth year, the event was founded on the principle that while it is important to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues such as climate change, it is equally important to empower people with practical ideas and tools that will motivate them to make lasting changes to reduce their impact on our environment.”