Today is Earth Day - what do you plan to do to reduce your footprint on the Earth?

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    It doesn't have to be anything big - even small changes in your daily like can make a huge impact on the planet.

    I'm going to install a new composter and then tomorrow am finally having the last section of yard sprinkler system converted to low-flow.
  • ShawnTX

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    Apr 22, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    The same things I do everyday to keep my carbon footprint low.
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    Apr 22, 2008 6:17 PM GMT
    By being gay and not adding any children to an already overpopulated world.

    I attempted to get my school to use biodegradable cups to serve ice cream in for earth day but they didn't want to splurge the extra $40 and opted for the normal Ozone layer depleting kind. Ah the irony.
  • phunkie

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    EVERYDAY NEEDS TO BE EARTH DAY.

    though for a change...ima fart less today besides turning on only one light in the room. I boycotted plastic bags long time ago and starting today I'm saying no to bottled water. (plastic bottles for such basic things? keep a thermos.)
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    Apr 22, 2008 6:29 PM GMT
    You know it could take over a year for that thermos to be any more green than bottled water icon_wink.gif

    We studied the production route and life of a SIGG bottle. It takes the same amount of energy to produce and ship to shelf as 500 bottled Poland Spring's.
  • jmanorlando

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    Took out the bicycle, bought a new lock and started biking to gym, bank, post office and supermarket.

    Figure if I can bike rather than drive I can eliminate 20 - 30 short trips a month. Plus be healthier, not pay to park and save gas!
  • morholt

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    I bought some "environment friendly" dishwasher soap by mistake... I think I'll use it... spotty glasses be damned!
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    Apr 22, 2008 6:42 PM GMT
    I'm gonna turn of my computer after this post to reduce my electricity use.

    Reminds me of when a TV host tells viewers to read more books.
  • Squarejaw

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    I'm going to get smaller shoes.
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    Apr 22, 2008 6:48 PM GMT
    Talk less. Rode my bike to work today, though having to take extra showers does not help the water.

    I am finally losing interest in my new jeep and would love to trade in for a hybrid or a more fuel efficient model. us. I still need an SUV though. I do live in Texas.

    A guy on the news today indicated it could be reletively soon before oil is $300 a barrell. We need to prepare now and not wait until that time is upon us. The sad part is that oil companies STILL are aking more oney than ever. I can't beleive this has gone on for so long. almost like the Iraq war. Coincidence?

    There is a great movie I recomend about developments called "Unforeseen" its about development in Austin. Really made e think about my home differently. for all ATX boys, it is playing at Alamo Draft House on South Lamar.

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    Apr 22, 2008 6:49 PM GMT
    Squarejaw: Just wear spikes.
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    Apr 22, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    i'm gonna shower with mickeytopogigio.
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    Apr 22, 2008 7:11 PM GMT
    I've stopped using my car, and only bike everywhere now.

    I bought a filter system for water at my apartment a while back, and I just reuse the same plastic jugs to store the filtered water in.

    And the last thing I've been doing, is air drying my jeans.
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    Apr 22, 2008 7:17 PM GMT
    I am putting a $500 deposit on the Aptera that will hopefully be available by the end of 2009!

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    Apr 22, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    biking to work every day this week and the next...
    lights out and windows open...
    computer in sleep mode...

  • SoDakGuy

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    Apr 22, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    Well, I buy organic foods and I don't own a car at all. I bicycle everywhere, so I'm doing my part. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 22, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    I brought my own bag to wholefoods today and got a free key chain!
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    Apr 22, 2008 8:21 PM GMT
    Work in the veggie garden so I don't have to have my veggies shipped from far away places.
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    Apr 22, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    Bought an electric lawnmower today icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 22, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    I've been bad at leaving lights on in rooms which I am not using (like the closet or bathroom). So I've been making sure I don't leave any lights on and have been utilizing natural light much more during the day.
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    Apr 22, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I will make every effort to save a horse and ride a cowboy tonight.

    Any volunteers?
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    Apr 22, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Well after sitting on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport yesterday for 40+ minutes waiting to takeoff, I realized how much carbon fuel our society wastes every day. Someday government and industry is going to have to start getting hardnosed about practices such as jet aircraft burning up kerosene justing waiting around. Makes me pissed.

    What am I doing today to reduce my carbon footprint? Well nothing different then any other day, I already have a pretty low footprint. I don't drive unless I absolutely have to, I turn out lights or the TV unless I really need them, etc., etc..
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    Apr 22, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    DJBens77 saidI will make every effort to save a horse and ride a cowboy tonight.

    Any volunteers?


    I'll dust off my spurs and see you soon ;)

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    Apr 23, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    Hey, it's TV Turnoff Week, too (April 21-27, 2008 ).

    http://www.tvturnoff.org/

    I personally don't have too much trouble without TV. I bought one at Woolworth's several months ago to help improve my Spanish listening comprehension (which still stinks), and I never seem to have the time to turn the thing on.

    My roommate suggested watch the noticias (news) at 10:30 and I thought I'd give it a shot, but now I'm going to wait a week.

    Reducing my footprint at this point would be giving up meat. I mean the kind used for food.

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Apr 23, 2008 1:41 AM GMT
    I bundled my trimmed branches today with a lot of old thread I had lying around, rather than sticking them in paper bags for the trash pickup of yard waste. Since I already use canvas bags for grocery shopping, I would have had to get bags I didn't already have available in order to bag then instead.