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Old 06-18-2010, 04:33 AM
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I'm sitting here on a plastic-leather sofa as oil bleeds into the Gulf. I'm burning electricity that likely came from oil or coal, as the Earth runs a high fever. I'm using a computer made from toxic heavy metals, as children and the land around them are poisoned by mining and electronics dumping.

My friends, anyone can talk the talk. But can I walk the walk? Can you?

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Old 06-18-2010, 04:34 AM
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By which I mean, what are we actually doing about it?
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:46 AM
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Putting pressure on BP through our duly elected officials. Which btw BP recently announced its putting out 20 billion dollars to fund claims by people in the gulf affected by the spill.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:29 PM
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i know what you mean OP, everyday i think about my carbon footprint and it is pretty annoying sometimes. I have a habit of switching off every single eletric appliance when not being used, even if some one else in the house is going to use it later. I turn off all un used lights. yet, everyday i use the computer, tv and lights. some things are inevitable. I try to make up for it by doing other things like minimising water use, proper disposal of rubbish, minimising drving (minimise CO2 output, although i hardly ever drive)
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:56 PM
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The world is full of contradictions. The Greenpeace people use cars, trucks and motorboats with oil engines. The Pope took the poverty vow and lives in the Vatican City. Politicians try to solve problems that don't affect them at all. There is a lot of polluting processes used to make ecological paper. Rebels like Tyler Durden or James Dean are transformed into plastic figures and delivered in nice and expensive packages.

We rant about means we use everyday, and refuse to use money yet we need it to make a living here.

Just as in the old Baroque: the matter is not what you are but rather what you look like.

Put a green mask on your face, chances are that beneath it there is a mass consumer.

PS: In fact, we just don't have the balls to run away into the woods, hence why we prefer living in something we don't like and work for something we didn't ask for: because it's easier than following our own path.

I wonder how many grandpas and grandmas in the old people's house wonder what they could have done with their lives.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:29 AM
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Small differences. They don't look like much, but if everyone did them, if everyone ate a bit less like I do, recycled everything, turned lights off, then it would make a huge difference overall.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:18 PM
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About 8 years ago I took advantage of a Solar panel install rebate from my local power company---It was not "fashionable" to do at that time (for many reasons), but I have been eternally glad that I ponied up the $10,000 that was my part of the install (The Power Co put up $15,000 & I needed to become a "certified small energy producer")...Now while everyone around me grumbles about the high power bills--I smile & pay about $300 per year for power--plus during the peak months I export power back to the grid--reducing to a small degree the generating footprint from dirty sources.....

Yes, the initial footprint from creating the solar cells is high--but I've got past the breakeven point after 8 years & can feel good about doing a small thing to support home-grown power production.
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Old 06-19-2010, 10:18 PM
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Nope, Im definitely hypocritical when it comes to this, but to be honest, Im not going to abandon my home and live without electricity or use any oil-created products just to prove a point.

Honestly, we're all a bit hypocritical here, as we're all here using electricity as "Earth runs a high fever". Have any of us strapped ourselves to a tree to protect the environment, not necessarily no but that doesn't mean we don't try to do our bit to save the Earth.

Im sorry but Im not going to stop using oil or electricity while there's no cost-effective alternative. Maybe when I get my own place, I'll try more sustainable forms of energy but right now I dont see a reason to get bothered that we're using the very chemicals that is destroying the environment.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:08 AM
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Small differences. They don't look like much, but if everyone did them, if everyone ate a bit less like I do, recycled everything, turned lights off, then it would make a huge difference overall.
^^^this will work wonders!!!^^^
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:09 AM
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this thread reminded me to look for voluntary environmental work for my upcoming holidays as i have nothing to do. better than staying at home and leaving a large carbon footprint
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