Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Think Green Thursday

Michelle is once again bringing us Think Green Thursday. I hope all readers check out her blogs frequently. They are really special.

I'm sure that many of you support World Wildlife Fund, and receive literature from them from time to time. My post this week is stolen straight from something they sent to me - in different words, but it is a list of things we can all do to help keep our world green. These are very basic, but I know that I have to be reminded of them from time to time.

We do live on a wonderful planet. If we want to keep it this way we just have to try harder than most of us do.

First of all, we can start walking. At least, most of us can. We don't really have to hop into the car quite so often. And by walking, we may also better enjoy the sights and sounds and smells of the great outdoors. And while we're walking, we can carry a water bottle - a REAL water bottle, not a plastic one we have bought, already filled with water. (There are serious questions as to whether that bottled water is all it's cracked up to be anyway, and those many small plastic bottles just pile up and never go away in the dump.) Perhaps, like me, you live in an area where the well water is not clean and chemical free. If that's the case, you can at least avoid the multi-packs of small bottles or use a filter so you don't have to buy it at all. We can also try to avoid buying products that come in plastic containers instead of glass.

When we stay indoors in cooler weather there are a number of things we can do. First, we can wear sweaters instead of pushing up the thermostat. We can remember to turn off the lights in rooms we aren't using.

I hope by now we are all recycling, and not contaminating the soil and water by dumping medications or other dangerous items.

Of course we're trying to remember those cloth bags when we shop. If we do forget them, we're asking for paper rather than plastic.

We get so many catalogs in the mail! If they are from merchants we never use, we might try contacting them and asking to get OFF their lists.

And how about the big one. Plant a tree. Plant several if you have room. They clean our air. They filter noise as well. And they provide habitat for wildlife.


Kathie Brown said...

Bobbie, you are nature's champion! Thank you! I think I do all or almost all of the things you mentioned!

Celeste Maia said...

I also plant trees and do almost all the things you mentioned.
I am leaving tomorrow to the north of Portugal, a walking trip, with my husband and the dog. I mean, we drive north, then are going to spend 10 days discovering that wonderful part of Portugal on foot. I will take the lap top, but will not be visiting as much as I lke.

Dianne said...

isn't it amazing how so many things that will help nature are just common sense

wish more people had some

Daryl said...

All excellent reminders!

Anonymous said...

Home is not what it was 75 years ago when I was born. We were still involved with farm in some way and livestock and no street lights or stop signs and no speed limits. Progress meant taking a bath at least on Saturday if you went to town and on Sunday if you went to Church. Showers came in April and people washed their hair with egg whites and vinegar, among other things. I could go on and on but this place we call Home (Earth) is changing and the butterflies and the birds and the polar bears are having a hard time staying alive here.

I think your blog post is a start in the right direction but it takes a whole people to react in positive ways or at least be aware of what can be done and then do it.

I personally have been yelling Wolf since the 1960s and the effect comes and goes. Then we get some real odd people like Bush and Rove in the White House who deny such a thing as Global Warming and refuse to sign the Kyoto Protocol (a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and any hope for a change disappeared.

People could stop using drinkable water to pee in and wash their cars in and tell their congressmen or city council to pipe dirty water into home for toilets and watering gardens and washing cars.

We will soon be entering wars over rights to water. You might be younger than me and will live to see it.

I won't hold my breath because I have tried it and people thought I was nuts.

Deborah Godin said...

Another great green post! I think every city, community etc should have a 'green law' on their books that says that a tree must be planted somewhere for every one that comes down.