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Thursday, February 22, 2007

How to Help Stop Global Warming

It seems that everywhere I look today someone is pitching a product or service that will be "the solution" to Global Warming.  Sometimes I want to ignore my social consciousness and forget the problems that we all have contributed to. It all seems too much for me sometimes. Then I read about:

  • Sheryl Crowe and her "Stop Global Warming" College Tour in her bio-diesel bus.
  • Australia's shift to energy-saving light bulbs, phasing out incandescent bulbs by 2010. California has suggested this but legislation has not been enacted yet!

These are steps in the right direction. So, I take a deep breath, knowing that I do some things right! For example:

  • Composting scraps from the kitchen. Giving back to the earth some of what I took out. (Keeps out of landfills too!)
  • Re-cycling paper, glass, and plastic products.
  • Re-using my own cloth grocery bags and recycling old paper bags to carry organic food home from the market.
  • Taking "Electronic" waste to the Special collection sites.
  • Properly disposing of special materials, such as old paints, thinners and their empty cans, too.
  • Buying energy efficient appliances.
  • Keeping my thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter. I put on a sweater and think about that great "English Complexion" that I am encouraging.
  • Writing my Senators and Representatives in Congress, to say "No" to old, dirty technology.

My next step is to buy an even more energy-efficient car. The latest news was that the most energy-efficient car isn't a hybrid. So, when it is time, I plan to do research and not be fooled by advertising "hype." Meanwhile, I plan my trips so that as a wise consumer, I help save the planet and money too.

Please write and let us know what you are doing to help stop Global Warming. Any small step. Anything at all.

Write me: elaine1111@earthlink.net   

 

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