Thu, 8th Mar. 2007, 11:37
Yet more crunchy-granola environmentalism

The other day when I was writing my post about Climate Change, I said that I've looked at the "How you can help" lists on Al Gore's website (and David Suzuki's website), and I can put a check-mark next to most of the suggested 'actions you can take'. So I did some more digging online to see if there were other lists of suggestions, and I did find quite a few. And then I thought - why don't I post what I've found and ask for more suggestions? So I've created a meme. Here's how it works:

A. Copy the list below to your own journal and

Bold the actions you are already taking
Underline the actions you plan to start taking
Italicize the actions that don't apply to you

B. Add one (or more) suggested action(s) of your own

C. Leave a comment here, so that I can track the meme to your journal, and copy your suggested action(s) back to my master list.

In a couple of weeks, I'll post again with the expanded list, and possibly some comments about the most (and least) popular actions.

1. Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs
2. Choose energy efficient appliances
3. Wash clothes in cold(er) water
4. Turn the thermostat of your hot water tank down to 50°C (125°F)
5. Install a programmable thermostat (or turn the heat down over night and when you're out of the house)
6. Register with the Canadian Marketing Association's Do Not Contact Service to reduce the amount of junk mail delivered to your house.
7. Eat less meat (particularly feedlot beef)
8. Walk, bike, carpool or take public transit as often as possible
9. Make sure you know what can be recycled in your area, and try to recycle as much household waste as possible
10. Compost using an outdoor compost bin or an indoor vermicomposter
11. Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner
12. Buy local, organic or fair trade food where possible
13. Reduce air travel
14. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket
15. Use a clothesline instead of a dryer whenever possible
16. Plant a tree
17. Buy fresh foods instead of frozen (Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce)
18. Keep your car tuned up and your tires inflated to their optimal pressure
19. Use biodegradable dishwashing liquid, laundry soap powder, etc.
20. Drink tap water (filtered if necessary) rather than buying bottled water
21. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth
22. Unplug seldom-used appliances and chargers for phones, cameras, etc., when you're not using them
23. Plug air leeks and drafts around doors and windows with weatherstripping
24. Switch from disposable to reusable products: food and beverage containers, cups, plates, writing pens, razors, diapers, towels, shopping bags, etc.
25. Consider garage sales, Freecycle, eBay, or borrowing from friends/family before buying a new tool or appliance

Thu, 8th Mar. 2007 18:22 (UTC)

Hiya, duly filled-in, added and linked back to your LJ.

Thu, 8th Mar. 2007 19:56 (UTC)

Dunnit. Interesting.

Thu, 8th Mar. 2007 21:29 (UTC)

Follwed from ailbhe to here. Post will be friends locked once you acknowledge it.

Fri, 9th Mar. 2007 13:13 (UTC)

Don't have the time to fill it all out (though it's mostly check-marks :) ), but here are some more ideas to add:

* Install a rain-barrel.
* Don't water your lawn - let it go dormant if the summer gets too hot.
* Don't use pesticides.
* Grow as many vegetables yourself as possible.
* Start your own balcony/planter-plants from seed, rather than buying plants that used intensive greenhouse-care.

Thu, 8th Mar. 2007 20:21 (UTC)

Dunnit -

Thu, 8th Mar. 2007 22:22 (UTC)


Fri, 9th Mar. 2007 14:26 (UTC)

Here you go!

Mon, 12th Mar. 2007 15:57 (UTC)

Here you go:

Tue, 13th Mar. 2007 23:09 (UTC)

Here's my list. Sorry I didn't add anything.

Wed, 14th Mar. 2007 21:42 (UTC)

Heat using a woodstove?
Turn the water off while shaving?

Thu, 15th Mar. 2007 14:17 (UTC)
laptop006: Here's mine

Tue, 20th Mar. 2007 12:48 (UTC)

You might be interested in and as that can start in a water heater that is set too low.
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Sun, 1st Apr. 2007 11:19 (UTC)

Just completed it, from a slightly different viewpoint. ;)

Mon, 9th Apr. 2007 18:53 (UTC)
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Tue, 17th Jul. 2007 19:52 (UTC)
marcinmilitaria: I agree with tbiedl...

Grow as many vegetables AND fruits yourself as possible.

Marcin@ German Militaria

Mon, 1st Oct. 2007 13:49 (UTC)
kraeger: So true!

I haven't done everything on the list, but i sure am trying to make things better. I have been a vegan for 8 years now (vegetables = lot less pollution to grow then cattle). I also carry my own bags to the supermarket, little things adds up :)
Cool cat on the picture! lol
Another ramen lover

Mon, 22nd Oct. 2007 13:03 (UTC)

I really enjoy reading your articles. Keep up the great work.

Thu, 25th Oct. 2007 05:02 (UTC)
p1drobert: waste of time

I hate to sound pessimistic but these things are a waste of time. Planting a tree for instance. In the early years of its growth they produce a lot of methane (a global warming gas much worse than carbon dioxide). It takes decades before they reach the point where they become effective at pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, and decades is something we don't have.

All the other measures will reduce our global warming footprint I'm sure, but population swell will quickly obliterate any benefits of these savings.
The harsh reality is that there are just too many people on the planet.

The key to the problem is electricity generation. The way we're generating it is killing the planet. Unless we figure out a way to make low emission electricity we're heading for a dark future, and sooner than anyone realizes. Technology created this problem and only technology can solve it.
Making minor sacrifices that only the wealthy can make isn't going to help anyone.

The best I can suggest you do is mail your local member of government and pressure him to get government to invest more on alternative energy. The more politicians realize that we the people want changes made the sooner we can get the job done.

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Fri, 23rd May. 2008 15:10 (UTC)

Cool cat on the picture! lol

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