Earth Day 2011
Running a little behind schedule today…
Happy Earth Day!!! Now go take the bus or train to work. Can’t do that? Ride your bike.
If you have to drive, make sure your car is aligned the tires are properly inflated and in good condition, your spark plugs are sparking and your air filter is properly filtering.
And while you are at it, clean out the trunk and back seat of your car. Driving around that extra stuff reduces your gas mileage and increases your emissions.
Next, plant a tree in your back yard (or two or three). If you can’t do that, purchase a tree and leave it in a container on your porch. Buy some plants,too, they clean the air around you and enhance your well-being.
If you can, buy locally produced organic food. If you can’t, leave the packaged food at the store and eat as whole and simply as you can. Which brings me to my next to do:
If you have the space, consider chickens and grow your own food. Chickens enhance any organic gardener’s backyard in so many ways that it would require a whole ‘nother post. (which I plan to do– complete with pictures). Chickens also give you oval-shaped gifts that have been laid by a free range, bug eating, dirt scratching biddy. How can you beat that? Do I even have to mention how much better food tastes when in comes from your own yard and from the sweat of your brow?
Next, Reuse/re-purpose as much as you can. This includes, finding treasures in your neighborhood trash collection, browsing craiglsist, using freecylcle and looking around your own yard to see how you can re-purpose that pile of scrap wood left over from last year’s shed project. I did and I built a 10′x4′x3′ chicken tractor for the biddies on less than 60 bucks (for mesh and fencing)
And finally, consume less stuff. New stuff requires the cutting of trees, mining for minerals, petroleum for transport, energy to make it, and all too often, third world labor that isn’t paid or treated fairly.
OK. That’s enough. I will step down from my soapbox (I never really got up) and let you think and talk about what other things we can do to reduce our consumption.
(This post was originally published in 2008 at fmh)