I am not much joining “movement” days typically, but when I ran across Blog Action Day, I knew there was no way I could not join in. After all, I am sure by now many are tired of reading my rants about using Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, or recycling. Your sick of seeing me link to things such as, The Meatrix, or the Sustainable Table Blog even though you probably know they are worth checking out. And it is hard to say whether I have gotten anybody to go grab some coupons to check out products from companies like Seventh Generation or Sun and Earth.
But, on the other side of the coin, not yet enough is being done. It of course doesn’t help when a funded arm of Exxon is offering $10,000 for a scientist to publish something that is anti-global warming. I sometimes can’t blame people for not doing more, I mean when you have the President offering a “Clean Skies Initiative” that does nothing but loosen regulations on the worst polluters, when you have supposed political “leaders” like the morally bankrupt Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), calling global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people” without a single thing to back up his idiocy, it is easy to see how people just take a “who knows” approach and just throwing up their hands and giving up.
What I guess I fail to understand is, why even if you do not believe things are as dire as some predict, that that the truth is “probably somewhere in the middle” between the two prevailing ways of thinking. So what? Is it so back to switch to CFL’s and save some money and be better for the environment, even if we don’t need it to stave off things in the next “20 or so years” isn’t it enough to just want to do better by the planet before we hit that stage? Do we want to just “pass the buck” to our children or grandchildren and say “You figure it out”?
You know, until I started this post, I hadn’t realized that it was over a year ago, that TheWife and I really learned that Kermit was wrong, and it really isn’t all that difficult to go green. And to be honest, in that time, not once I have complained about missing one of the products we gave up.
It is not about being a Wheat grass drinking, hemp wearing hippie any more.Â Though maybe if we just paid a little more attention to them as well as those old Keep America Beautiful ad campaigns, maybe the situation wouldn’t be so bad today.
You don’t have to “go crazy” to make a difference.Â If you feel uneasy about going Carbon Neutral, and don’t trust Carbon Offset companies, then by all means, be wary or don’t go that route.Â As I mentioned, using Compact Fluorescent Lights is an excellent way to start (but not in lights with dimmers for the record), not only would you be doing something good for the environment, but you get the added kicker of saving money, as these bulbs no longer cost as much as they did in the past, and save you both on electric costs, and the fact that they last (approximately) 5 years, you save on replacements as well.Â Trade in those toxic Dryer Sheets for something a bit more earth (and skin, and respiratory) friendly liquid.Â It may not be the same money saver up front (at least not obviously), but the money you save on doctor’s visits, or dryer repairs (Dryer sheets leave a residue on your lint filter rendering it less useful and more prone to clogging).
And by all means, and this may not seem to fit, when election time comes around again VOTE!Â It is time that those that are more worried about the Exxon’s EPS than the environment, are tossed out.