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When The Music’s Over

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Here are my favorite lyrics from my favorite Doors’ song:

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.

When I hear these lyrics, I think of construction sites in formerly undeveloped countrysides and fires in California.

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When The Music's Over

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Here are my favorite lyrics from my favorite Doors’ song:

What have they done to the earth?
What have they done to our fair sister?
Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her
Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn
And tied her with fences and dragged her down.

When I hear these lyrics, I think of construction sites in formerly undeveloped countrysides and fires in California.

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A PlanetTrash Hero

Here’s an interview with a remarkable individual who is walking across the state of Arkansas. She and her friends and sponsors are picking up litter and other trash as they go. She is a real PlanetTrash hero. Here is a link to her blog about the trip. She puts me to shame. I only complain about the litter and don’t litter myself.

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I Like the Idea But….

I like this idea from a student, who wrote this letter to the Modesto Bee. I tried picking up some plastic water bottles on the pavement at the local recycling center this week, and my hand got oily. I’m a germaphobe. What can I do to solve this problem?

Throw away the litter you see
last updated: September 28, 2007 01:51:57 AM
I am so sick of walking to school and having trash all over — cigarettes and bits and pieces of trash. We should stop and clean it up. This should be a better town and we can do it if we help. Who wants to live in a pig sty?

It’s killing the planet. People need to get their acts together. Next time you see trash, pick it up and throw it responsibly in a trash can.

JOAQUIN LOPEZ

Ceres

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No Bones about Plastic

This article from the Washington Post tells ways to keep your pets green. While the article is very good, encouraging shopping at Petco for green pet needs is not a good suggestion, as that place sells live animals, often exotics. Try a locally owned store, who doesn’t trade in live animals. We’re lucky in the Nashville area to have Nashville Pet Products.

One of the ways mentioned in the article to stay green is to keep cats indoors. I’m sorry that we have to keep our cats outdoors, but we have an aged cocketiel, who is king of the house. Plus I am allergic to cats. The only reason we own cats is because someone else dumped them. I hate the fact that my cats occasionally kill birds, which is the main reason I never had a cat as a pet. I just couldn’t turn down their sad little faces.

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Discarded Kitties

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A Green Pope

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Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging young Catholics to go green.

Andrea Ringressi, 29, and his girlfriend of three years, Marta Iuzzolini, 27, said they appreciated the pope’s green message, particularly during an event that was producing small mountains of plastic water bottles and other refuse.

“It’s a good idea here, because there’s so much garbage!” Iuzzolini said as she surveyed the grounds, which by the end of the weekend had turned into a very un-ecological field of plastic tarps and garbage bags.

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Tree People

We watched the Tennessee/California football game last night, and loved the Tree People. The earth needs more tree people.

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The Bus is Not a Trash Can

I made a bold step today. I used public transportation to go to and from work. Using public transportation took more of my time, which I passed on the bus by reading or listening to music. I was apprehensive about riding the bus, although it’s something I’ve considered for a couple of years. I drove to a Park and Ride station about 5.5 miles from home, then back home, but I drove less miles than a one way trip to work. I’ll do it again.

When there were only two passengers left on the bus, I took these pictures which dampened my experience.

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The newspapers aren’t that bad, as another commuter may pick them up, but obviously no one did as the bus headed back to the terminal after dropping me at the Park and Ride. We just can’t get away from plastic bottles and McDonald’s bags. I don’t understand it.

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Good News for People Who Love Good News

In Gail Kerr‘s column this morning in The Tennessean, I learned that a recycling pick up service will be tested soon in the suburbs. This is great news to us, as our suburban area was mentioned as a test site. There will be a cost to the service, according to the column, but it should be minimal. We drive our stuff to the recycling center, but we do it when we are going that way anyway.

I do have a question for Gail: can we recycle the plastic bags that protect The Tennessean? I know that they are there to keep the rain out, but we haven’t had any rain.

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Garbage Man Day, Part 2

This morning, I ran in my neighborhood and saw lots of cardboard boxes for the garbage truck to pick up. We need to encourage businesses to promote recycling centers in their parking lots. I saw a lot of Kirkland boxes, which is the private label brand of Costco. I’ve written them to ask what they can do to help recycling. I like the fact that they don’t use bags, paper or plastic. Also, I noticed boxes from toy manufacturers.

The closest recycling center to my house is about six miles away. We save our stuff for about a week, then take it by there on the weekend. Costco’s is even further away from us, so I don’t know if maintaining recycling centers at stores would work. The recycling center was at a Kroger’s, who got tired of the litter falling out of the bins.

Another solution would be for the Homeowners Association to set up a center in the neighborhood, then volunteers could take the stuff to a recycling center. It’s very frustrating for me to see all of that trash going into a landfill.

Let me hear your ideas about what works for your neighborhood.

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