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.