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The Environment....


Are we doing anything to help, or are we just hurting it more?

I've noticed an alarming trend in our weather here. Not sure how anyone else's is, but ours is so off kilter it's not funny.
We are not taking care of Mother, like we should. We are trashing our home. Maybe not WE we..but we as a collective race.

What can we do to help?

Keeping in mind that "charity begins at home" if you don't already, think about recycling. Old phonebooks, old books, newspapers, plastic bottles, etc.

Keep your own home neat and tidy, if at all possible. How can we expect to keep Mother neat and tidy, if we can't keep our own homes that way?

Don't drive any more than is necessary, unless you just HAVE to have a get'away day. Keep them few and far between ...that also helps you to enjoy them more, and appreciate the time you get for them.

Teach your children/grandchildren, that littering is not a good thing. If my kids threw a lollipop stick out the car window, I'd turn around and go back..make them pick it up..assuming we could find it. If not that, then they had to pick up some other trash. Again, assuming we weren't in a huge hurry.

Declutter your home.....how much in your home do you REALLY need? DH and I have been going thru closets and getting rid of clothes we don't or can't wear, books, videos, etc. We even downsized our TV stand from a full blown entertainment center, to just a TV stand. We love it so much better. gives us more options for furniture placement. More is not always better!!!

These are just a very few things we can do to help. Start at home, and work your way out! emoticon

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I've been checking what I do recently, since the weather is really going out of whack here, as well. I think I'm already pretty good.

I walk to work. I turn off my computer at night. Most appliances are the best energy saving class we could get when we bought them. Our car is small and uses little fuel. We try to heat sparingly. I take care to buy vegetables that are grown in Germany and not transported from far away (no garden ...). If possible I get organic stuff.

I should switch to an electicity company that offers electricity from renewable sources only. And I could buy shares in windparks or solar parks.

So, there's still room for improvement. emoticon

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Good thoughts. I know I can face the world better if my house is in order (literally and figuratively)

we have a small, tight house and try to heat mostly with wood. We have CF bulbs everywhere. These have really gotten better over the years. Their light isn't quite so blue and dim and depressing, Turn off computer screens when not using. Try to unplug everything and use surge protectors when you have stuff with a phantom load (like our stereo).

I haven't used commercial cleaning stuff for many many years. At this point, the scent of the stuff is too much for me, not to mention what it'd do to my skin (edited to add: or what it does to the water table). We keep it pretty simple around the house - vinegar, water, green brand dish soap and laundry soap. SOme of the other green products are pretty nice too. I've been doing some cleaning for a friend and have been using some of the green products and have been impressed.



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No commercial cleaners

No chemicals ~ grow our garden organic

Trying to restore a creek bank

Keep our cattle away from streams and creeks

recycle or reuse everything I can

Buy second hand yard sales & flea markets

Combine trips

Turning off anything electrical

Heat water and home with wood

Energy efficient appliances

Low water washer ~ laundry in cold water

Low water flushing toilet

cover crop to prevent erosion

Replanting of trees

Send healing energy back into Mother Earth





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Y'all are bringing up things that I'd not thought about, but that we do..lol...the low water toilet, planting trees, our plastic grocery bags, we reuse, either in our smaller trash cans, or, I use them to scoop the kitty box.....that's our trash bag for dirty litter.
Since we don't own the property, or the cattle, we can't do much about keeping them away from the creeks. I always turn off my computer, turn out lights when I leave a room, unless I'm going right back into it. We heat with gas (propane), but we keep the heat turned down, everyone freezes at our house in the winter..lol. At night, we just pile on more blankets. I sleep better in a cool room. I wash in warm water, but rinse in cold. I don't waste water in the shower..I get in, get done what I need to do and get out.
If I have to go into town, I'll do as much as I need to do while there, so I don't have to make a lot of trips. I MAY go to town twice a month, unless I have a doctor's visit or something.
We don't use chemicals on the garden....I prefer a more healthy approach.
And, hubby saved a maple sapling that was growing in a bush next to my side porch....he replanted it out in the yard. It's 2 years old now, and doing wonderfully.
We want to plant some more trees. thankfully, our landlord doesn't mind us planting stuff.

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Oh, plastic bags, yes!

We use cotton bags for shopping, I always have one in the little backpack that doubles as my handbag. There's also always a bunch of them in the back of the car. Depending on the shop, we sometimes get plastic bags, but they are always reused as garbage bags, and I try not to take them.

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I'm doing my part by not driving... because my car is dead. Unfortunately it's a bit of walk if I really need anything important. emoticon
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Dead cars are a boon to the atmosphere, but unfortunately, in this day and time, we almost gotta have a vehicle to get from point A to point B. I hope you can get it fixed soon.
I'd be in a world of hurt if we had no vehicle. I can't walk the distance to town, or to more than one of my doctors...so, that's a must have.

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Somehow I got this fractal theory type image of the Earth being a wet dog and people being the water. When there's just too many people the weather starts getting more and more extreme in every direction, like the dog spinning/ shaking to dry off. Once the Earth-dog is satisfied that it is not carrying around an excess of water-people then it moves on.

The thing that most people inappropriately equate is the destruction of human civilization with the destruction of the Earth. The two are separate issues. The Earth will do fine ultimately without people, but not the reverse
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I agree, Ranting, that, ultimately, the Earth will do fine with out people, but we can't exist without it. However, we aren't ensuring our own existance with the things we are doing that negatively affect the Earth and it's atmosphere. Negative doesn't always mean total destruction, just a strong blight on this ball of dirt and rock. So, it's always preferable to do all we can to stop what we're doing wrong, to the best of our abilities, and maybe, in some way, help reverse the damage eventually (probably not in this lifetime...but in a lifetime somewhere down the road).

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