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It's not easy being green

What have you done in the past day, month, or year to protect the environment? How often do you think about sustainability issues?

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  • если что надо менять в себе то только по медицинским показаниям.ни в коем случае ,не делать что либо со своим телом и лицом по прихоти минутной,жалеть потом всю оставшуюся жизнь.
  • OKay, this is not intended to be funny, but i can't help but mention my contribution to being green happened many years ago, when i used cloth diapers on all three of my children, thereby saving the land fills of aproximately 15,000 lbs of packaged feces. I really am a very “green” conscience consumer; i try to recycle everything that i can. So much of our society is about convenience and without thought or care of what the convenience is doing to our earth and environment long term until it is often too late to make a change. I would love to see the mindset change from what is good for me now to what is good for all for the next 200 years. That is when companies, government and individuals will begin making a real change http://libaware.economads.com/ddiapermyth.php Few quantitative studies are available that provide numbers on the amount of diapers and fecal matter that end up in landfills. However, assuming that approximately 18 billion diapers are sold year each, and that over 90 percent of these end up at landfills, this translates into more than 4,275,000 tons of disposable diapers trucked to landfills each year. Add the remaining 10 percent that end up in resource recovery plants for a total of 4,500,000 tons of single-use diapers thrown away this year. And for those that really want to live green, take these facts into consideration when you buy your next box of cereal, can of soda, bottle of beer, shop without your cloth bag, etc, etc ... http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html Waste Production In the U.S., 4.39 pounds of trash per day and up to 56 tons of trash per year are created by the average person. Only about one-tenth of all solid garbage in the United States gets recycled. Every year we fill enough garbage trucks to form a line that would stretch from the earth, halfway to the moon. Each day the United States throws away enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. Almost 1/3 of the waste generated the U.S. is packaging. Diapers: An average child will use between 8,000 -10,000 disposable diapers ($2,000 worth) before being potty trained. Each year, parents and babysitters dispose of about 18 billion of these items. In the United States alone these single-use items consume nearly 100,000 tons of plastic and 800,000 tons of tree pulp. We will pay an average of $350 million annually to deal with their disposal and, to top it off, these diapers will still be in the landfill 300 years from now. Americans throw away 570 diapers per second. That's 49 million diapers per day. Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Every year, Americans make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas. The amount of glass bottles Americans throw away every two weeks would have filled both World Trade Center towers. Americans throw away enough aluminum cans to rebuild our commercial air fleet every three months, and enough iron and steel to supply all our nation's automakers every day. Throwing away one aluminum can wastes as much energy as if that can were 1/2 full of gasoline. In the U.S., an additional 5 million tons of waste is generated during the holidays. Four million tons of this is wrapping paper and shopping bags. Americans receive almost 4 million tons of junk mail every year. Most of it winds up in landfills. The average American uses 650 pounds of paper a year. Each year, Americans trash enough office paper to build a 12-foot wall from Los Angeles to New York City. Americans toss out enough paper & plastic cups, forks and spoons every year to circle the equator 300 times. The average American office worker goes through around 500 disposable cups every year. Nearly 44 million American workers purchase or eat lunch out every weekday. Americans make nearly 400 billion photocopies a year - about 750,000 copies every minute of every day. U.S. fax machines sent 30 billion faxes in 1990. U.S. businesses now use about 21 million tons of paper every year. That's about 175 pounds of paper for each American. Enough hazardous waste is generated in one year to fill the New Orleans Superdome 1,500 times over. New York City alone throws out enough garbage each day to fill the Empire State Building. In one day, Americans get rid of 20,000 cars and 4,000 trucks and buses. As of 1992, 14 billion pounds of trash were dumped into ocean annually around the world. Forty-three thousand tons of food is thrown out in the United States each day. Americans throw out about 270 million tires every year. Sixty-five billion aluminum soda cans are used each year. This should make every reader weep!
  • I use my own bags for most groceries. I recycle plastic bags, paper bags, soda cans and bottles, waste paper and plastics. I put vegetable waste into my composter. I reuse the water from my dishwasher to soak my pans and wash my floor. I reuse paper towels that are wet but not dirty. I give clothes I don't want to a thrift shop as well as appliances, old toys, etc.

  • Yesterday, one of my daughters had a few kids over to work on an environmental class project. They had to interview (and video) people about their thoughts on global warming.

    I was one of the unsuspecting people they nabbed for the interview.

    "I don't have anything to say about global warming," I protested.

    "It's okay. Just say what we tell you to say," and with that the interview proceeded and the camera started rolling.

    With every question I had to pause and look over at my prompters and do my best to read their lips.

    At the end of the interview all I could say was...

    "Please promise me this isn't going up on youtube!"

  • Отдал бы дочери.

  • There's several things I've been doing a long time to protect the environment. Here's a list of some of the things that I do.
    • I try to sort the garbage as much as I can, since where I live, there's four different garbage tins; one for plastic, one for food, one for paper and one for waste.
    • I use reusable grocery bags as often as I can, as they're often more lasting when it comes to heavy stuff, and the plastic bags is mostly used for the garbage.
    • I don't buy furniture made of rare/tropical wood.
    • I try to spend money on locally produced products, as there's less transport and they're usually fresher.
    • I try to buy organic/fair trade/ecological products when I can.
  • There is, frankly, very little I can possibly do that will have any real effect. Most of the tactics available to individuals amount to little more than a modern green equivalent of indulgences.

    For instance, changing all my lightbulbs to compact fluorescents, recycling paper, turning the Sky box off overnight... it just doesn't make any difference. My carbon footprint is tied into the way the economy works. And there's a minimum level to which you can reduce your footprint simply because you live in the developed world, and that minimum level is still too high. The bulk of our carbon footprint is hidden: it's in the food transportation network and agriculture, in packaging, in cement manufacture. We can't do anything about it. Changing our lightbulbs is like blowing out a match when there's a forest fire raging outside. The Chinese are building coal stations at a rate that beggars belief. Yes, we should all do our bit... but there comes a point when it's not just futile, it's ludicrous.

    The problem is that we need a truly enormous shift in our means of energy production. We need to shift to a low carbon economy right now, and sequester the emissions from other sources. We need to stop all the emissions from fossil fuels, and shift to nuclear and renewables - and even then, nuclear and renewables have hidden carbon footprints. And we need to geoengineer out those hidden emissions, and soak the emissions from all the cows, and the cement, and the methane emissions from the melting tundra, and so on....

    And we're not going to do it. We can't do it. There isn't the political will, and even if there was, people would revolt: the population simply wouldn't go along with what needs to be done. And we'd have to get the whole world to go along with it. We've got about another degree of warming coming even if we stopped right now, simply due to lag in the system. We're probably looking at about 4K warming by mid century. 4K is bad enough in itself, but it's enough to be catastrophic, because it's well into the regime when positive feedback takes over. You lose the icecaps, which lowers the albedo; you lose the permafrost, which releases methane; you lose the tropical forests due to heat stress and changes in rainfall patterns. You're seriously looking at destabilizing the methane clathrates in the continental shelves, which is a potential runaway of massive proportions. Once you're at 4K, you're inevitably going to see... what? Five? Six? Ten?

    The problem is that while the PPV of CO2 has been much higher in past geological epochs, the rate of increase right now is so fast that negative feedbacks don't kick in. We're pulling carbon out of the fossil sinks in human timescales, not geological timescales. I could actually believe Lovelock when he describes a future world after a massive dieback. The scenarios look like science fictional dystopias: high lattitudes could pull through, in a much changed and probably impoverished state, but what about all those developing countries? They're well and truly screwed. I can envisage an optimistic future in which we've adapted to a warmer world. Where we've avoided the huge diebacks and the famines and the wars, and we're all happily living in our arcologies around the balmy polar seas... but it just seems like so much wishful thinking.

    The only hope is that we're still rich enough - by mid century, say - to engineer an enormous operation to sequester the carbon in the atmosphere, or lower the insolation. We're talking about solettas at the Earth-Sun Lagrange Point, or releasing genetically engineered algae that will pull all the carbon out of the atmosphere. It doesn't bear thinking about. But that's all we have to bank on: the hope that we'll be able to come up with some massive technical fix sometime in the future, and undo all the damage we've done.

    The feeling I have is that humanity in the 21st century is like Faustus well into the last act of his Tragical History. We made the bargain with Mephistopholes, generations ago; we've been granted the wealth and the power and we've squandered it all on a lifetime of excess. And any second now we'll be dragged screaming into hell, and all our appeals to God and Helen aren't going to matter a damn.


  • I took the metro rather than drive. And I took the bus rather than drive to my metro stop. And I recycle my cosmetics bottles. And I boycott Nestle and McDonald's. And I tell cashiers not to use bags if the item I buy can be slipped into my purse or if I have another bag. and I think about sustainability all the damn time.
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  • What have you done in the past day, month, or year to protect the environment? How often do you think about sustainability issues?

    I have been putting all my Coca Cola, 7 Up, Pepsi cans in a special Green Bin. Likewise all my plastic bottles. Likewise all my boxes. Likewise all my Newspapers and magazines. etc.
    So I am very disappointed that after several months of doing this...........there is STILL Global Warming.
    The Green People and the Environmentalists told me that if I did this......I would save the Planet.
    Obviously the Green People and the Envirinmentalists have told me lies.
    I want an explanation and I WANT IT NOW!!!

    Failing a good explanation......I want all my Coca Cola Cans, 7 Up Cans, Pepsi Cans.......Plastic Bottles........AND all my boxes and all my newspapers and magazines to be RETURNED TO MY HOUSE WITHOUT DELAY.

    Thank you.
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