Posts tagged Environment

Beware the Green Dragon

I don’t understand how protecting and respecting the environment is anti-Christian, but there is a new group who warns us of the Green Dragon as reported in The Tennessean this morning.

Oh, and there is a poll. I’m amazed at the results so far:

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Peace on Earth

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Throughout the year, we’ve shown how ugly the world can be. These are images of the beauty of the earth we experienced in 2007: snow in Vermont, sunset on Mobile Bay, hiking in lower Alabama, Radnor Lake in November and the Boone Trace Greenway in December.

PlanetTrash wishes earth and all earthlings peace, joy, love and respect of each other. Merry Christmas!

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Out of the Car, Into the Drain, Into the Stream and Into Your Water

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As we sat at a stoplight earlier today, I noticed a storm drain clogged with plastic and aluminum cola cans, paper, styrofoam and lots of cigarette butts. Wastes shouldn’t go into storm drains because the drains empty into rivers where we eventually get our water. As I blog, I’m sipping hot tea, made with tap water that was also put through a Brita filter. I hope that the tars from the cigarette butts have been removed. They are poisonous.

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Baby, You Can(n’t) Drive My Car

Here’s today Green Tip from the Sierra Club. I totally agree with the tip and have driven my car in this manner for years.

Buying a hybrid isn’t the only way to reduce your car’s impact on the
environment. Changing your driving habits can increase your vehicle’s
fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon emissions while keeping you safer
on the road. Here’s how:

* Take it easy. Aggressive driving, including abrupt starts, extreme
acceleration, and hard braking wastes gas and contributes
significantly more pollution than normal driving.
* Travel at the speed limit or lower. Driving at 75 mph instead of
65 mph will decrease your fuel efficiency by about 10 percent, and
can dramatically increase tailpipe pollution in many vehicles.

I reported earlier than I got an average of 36.15 MPG in my Mini on its first tank of gas. I’m getting 40 MPG on the second tank. It pays to drive sensibly, if you have to drive at all.

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Baby, You Can(n't) Drive My Car

Here’s today Green Tip from the Sierra Club. I totally agree with the tip and have driven my car in this manner for years.

Buying a hybrid isn’t the only way to reduce your car’s impact on the
environment. Changing your driving habits can increase your vehicle’s
fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon emissions while keeping you safer
on the road. Here’s how:

* Take it easy. Aggressive driving, including abrupt starts, extreme
acceleration, and hard braking wastes gas and contributes
significantly more pollution than normal driving.
* Travel at the speed limit or lower. Driving at 75 mph instead of
65 mph will decrease your fuel efficiency by about 10 percent, and
can dramatically increase tailpipe pollution in many vehicles.

I reported earlier than I got an average of 36.15 MPG in my Mini on its first tank of gas. I’m getting 40 MPG on the second tank. It pays to drive sensibly, if you have to drive at all.

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What Do Al Gore, Bees and Drought Have in Common?

They are all vying for the Sierra Club Best Green Story of 2007 award. And you can vote for your favorite.

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MPG for a MiniCooper

PlanetTrash bought a new car a few weeks ago. Of course, it’s used, but only had around 14,000 miles on it. It is more fuel efficient. We got an average of 36.15 miles per gallon on the first tank of gas. We drove two additional days before refueling. It’s not a hybrid, so while idling at a stoplight, it’s wasting fuel. Otherwise, it’s great.

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Tiger likes the new car for relaxing after mousing all day. He is our pesticide-free pest control.

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Credit Cards

I have credit cards; you have credit cards; we all have credit cards. But we don’t like credit cards and use them only in emergencies. It’s not that we hate them because they are plastic; it’s because we abuse them in our “we want it now” society.

We are disgusted, though, by the number of solicitations we receive in the mail that include a fake plastic credit card. We can recycle the paper, but the fake plastic cards are a major nuisance, only something to add to a landfill. American Express seems to be the worst offender, although VISA runs closely behind. Write these companies and tell them to stop the waste. These are just the fake cards we received in one week:

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Response to Email We Sent About Plastic Bags

Congressman Jim Cooper responded with a nice letter. No one else has sent us a reply.

Dear PlanetTrash:

Thanks for getting in touch. I agree with you that the littering of
plastic bags damages the environment and wastes fossil fuels.

I applaud San Francisco’s board of supervisors’ plan to ban plastic
bags from supermarkets and pharmacies. Every city and town in the
United States should evaluate its use of natural resources, and we
should all be prepared to make changes in our lifestyle. It’s the best
hope for our earth’s future-and our nation’s security.

I urge you to contact your local government officials to discuss these
important issues. Thanks for your advocacy of environmental
stewardship, and please feel free to write again at any time. It is
always good to hear from you.
Sincerely,

Jim Cooper
Member of Congress

We will pursue this on a local level. We encourage you to learn to live without plastic bags, except only when absolutely necessary. We have learned to live without paper towels, bottled water and most plastic bags. Soon, our newspaper subscription will expire, and we’ll learn to live without a daily newspaper. We don’t see any of this as denying ourselves any of the comforts of life. It’s reducing clutter and the hassle of having to recycle. Without the large number of newspapers we recycle each week, we’ll reduce our trips to the recycling center.

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Just Say “No”

I dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners this morning. I don’t dry clean much because of the toxic chemicals, but I don’t like ironing, so dry cleaning is an occasional necessary evil. I asked the lady at the counter not to wrap my clothes in plastic after cleaning. She explained that “dust” could get on them, but I agreed to take the chance. Tonight, my clothes were bagless and put on hangers, which I return to the dry cleaners on return trips.

I avoided touching my white blouse to the outside of my car, which was dirty from the recent rains. But the clothes made it home just fine.

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