Posts tagged Global Warming

McDonalds Is the King of Litter

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We find more trash from McDonalds fast food than any other. I consider McDonalds an evil empire.

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If we could eliminate all the meat processing that supplies McDonalds, global warming would be a thing of the past.

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Recycling Trash While Traveling, Part Two

I added to the landfill again today as I was traveling. Of course, flying from Milwaukee to Nashville increased my carbon footprint, but I gave my “free” USA Today to the flight attendant to discard. I’m sure Midwest Express or the ground crew at BNA didn’t toss it into a paper recycling bin. Should airlines recycle? I don’t believe that that is an oxymoron. While we’re adding to our carbon footprints (feetprint??), should we add to the landfills, too?

Every business, including airlines and hotels, should be encouraging recycling.

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I Love Those Brits

Here’s a new campaign, Love Food Hate Waste, in Great Britain that encourages eating leftovers. Apparently tossing out food increases methane which adds to global warming. Leftovers are never a problem at the PlanetTrash house. If we don’t eat it, we put it out for the birds. We don’t eat meat, but if we eat seafood, the dog gets the leftovers. His favorite is tuna.

Now the refrigerator at my office is another story. The methane produced by the decaying food in it is toxic. We have the Kitchen Nazi, but he lets it get pretty ripe before taking action because some employees like decayed foods. One particularly liks exploding sodas.

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My Carbon Footprint

I figured my carbon footprint on the Inconvenient Truth Carbon Footprint Calculator. I’m larger than average. I’m amazed because I do the following:

  • Use public transportation a few days a week
  • Drive at or under the speed limit
  • Combine trips
  • Put the thermostat at 76 degrees in the summer and at 68 degrees in the winter
  • Turn out lights whenever possible
  • Started converting my incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones
  • Stopped drinking bottled water and sodas

I can’t imagine what my carbon footprint would be if I drove an SUV.

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The Man Who Was "The Next President of the United States"

And fellow Nashvillian Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace prize for his campaign to save the earth from global warming. Congratulations! I believe that Vice President Gore may have a greater calling in life than being a POTUS.

Also, a warm (as not in global WARMing) PlanetTrash hoo-rah to JRob, who climbed into a dumpster to rescue a heap of newspapers from the landfill. Although they were not her newspapers, she responsibly put them into the recycling dumpster.

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The Man Who Was “The Next President of the United States”

And fellow Nashvillian Al Gore has won the Nobel Peace prize for his campaign to save the earth from global warming. Congratulations! I believe that Vice President Gore may have a greater calling in life than being a POTUS.

Also, a warm (as not in global WARMing) PlanetTrash hoo-rah to JRob, who climbed into a dumpster to rescue a heap of newspapers from the landfill. Although they were not her newspapers, she responsibly put them into the recycling dumpster.

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Magical Mystery Bus

No, not that bus, or the blue bus that Jim Morrison sang about, but the Metro Nashville MTA bus. For years, I’ve contemplated riding the bus to work, but I never did. Part of the reason I write this blog is to make myself honest about being environmentally aware. The price of gasoline the past few years and the hotter and drier weather we experienced this summer convinced me to try the bus. I bought a 20 ride ticket in late August. Today I took the twentieth ride on that ticket. Tomorrow, I’ll start a new 20 ride ticket.

It seems that I have taken the bus more than 10 round trips in the past month, but I remind myself that one day was Labor Day, and I was out of town on business for three days. Tuesday morning I wanted to get to work earlier, so I drove and sat in traffic for thirty minutes. I wished that I had a hybrid, which would have burned electricity and not gasoline. I arrived at work late.

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Anyway, I’m proud of my first expired ticket. And it’s going to be recycled.

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Rock Environmentalist

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I love the music of Adrian Belew (who lives in the Nashville area). I saw him a couple of years ago at the Exit In, a great music club in Nashville where I spent most of my 20s.

Here’s one of my favorite songs by Adrian Belew:

Burned By The Fire We Make

And when Man gained dominion
over land and the oceans
he began to harm the planet
with his asphalt and his toxins
and to lay the forest bare
and to poison even the air
and he killed every beast
and taught the seas how to bleed
Burned by the fire we make,
what a shame
Then the winds gave in
and the rain knew no season
and the sun came to beat
on a land of sand and diseases
and when God looked down
on the earth and saw it was broken
then the tears of God fell down
through a hole in the ozone
Burned by the fire we make
what a shame
This is the nature of the human race
to kill off anything that gets in our way
poor Mother Earth we disfigured her face
Man is the maker of his own disgrace
Burned by the fire we make
what a shame

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The 11th Hour and 59th Minute and 59th Second….

We saw the movie, and one line that haunts me from the documentary says that earth will survive, but mankind will not. We can change the course only when being green becomes profitable. Our goal, and it’s a hard one, is to use less.

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The 11th Hour Comes to Nashville

Belcourt Theatre is showing the 11th Hour this weekend. We will definitely see it and report back to you.

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