I have so much more to say about our fun weekend with the ladies and their amazing girlpower, but it all needs to take a backseat for today. Because, have you noticed that huge button on my right nav for the past few months??? The one declaring October 15th Blog Action Day???
It’s time to talk about the environment, baby.
And, I could think of no one better to do it than one of our best friends, Jeff, who is not only going back to school for this kind of stuff – he is an all around smart dude.
I thought it was important to have my first guest blogger be someone I care about, for something I care about.
Take it away Jeff! …
TOP TEN WAYS TO SAVE THE HUMAN RACE
The “environmental movement” is dead…
…or at least outdated. Three decades of doom & gloom eco-propaganda has fallen on deaf ears, and the new buzzword is “sustainability.” Or, as I like to call it, “survival mode.” We must all adopt a new mindset: global warming and Peak Oil are not imminent threats to worry about tomorrow; they’ve already occurred.
Whether or not you agree, here’s my top ten list of ways not only to save the human race… but also to save you money. (You’ll need it for the hard times ahead!)
3. Conserve water.
Use Only What You Need
4. Be prepared for emergencies.
What If Colorado
5. Focus on efficiency of your buildings (both home and workplace).
Even if you aren’t yet ready for solar panels and a geothermal system… change to CFL bulbs, efficient appliances, install a water heater blanket, insulate, caulk and weather-strip, etc.
The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, by Dan Chiras
Yes, this is a given; but are you recycling paper as well as aluminum and plastic? …even at work?
7. Avoid disposable culture.
Along with #5 above, buy (bulk) products with less packaging and recognize that fast food and convenience stores are EVIL incarnate.
8. Respect the planet’s OTHER inhabitants.
If you’re a carnivore, try going veggie at LEAST one meal per week.
Donating money is great, but the benefits are compounded when you give your time and talents. The volunteer vacation movement is going strong; give it a try!
Now you’re thinking, wait a minute… that’s only nine! I have purposely stopped short, recognizing that I’m no expert; certainly this humble list-maker has overlooked some key pieces of the puzzle.
Let’s hear what YOU would add for the final item!