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    Sep 17, 2008 3:51 AM GMT
    GREEN?


    It's back to basics folks. I did here a word the other day. It about sums up how I feel on a variety of issues.

    ENOUGH!!!

    That's right.

    I think most importantly we should ban together and think of change. Change ourselves first and work to better our planet. No matter who you are everyone here can make a difference daily... in what you do ON THIS PLANET.

    How many of you have changed your light bulbs to reduce green house emissions??

    Do you recycle?

    Drive an electric car?

    What did you do today to save the planet??
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    Sep 17, 2008 3:59 AM GMT
    I still haven't been able to switch to an electric car but I have changed my light bulbs and do recycle. Additionally, I will not purchase bottled water and waste all the plastic.
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    I use a Britta water filter pitcher instead of bottled water. I get as many of my statments as I can online instead of on paper. I try not to purchase excessivly overpackaged items. I only drive when I have to and make as few and as short of trips as I can. I have a manually powered mower instead of a gas powered one. I don't leave things running or on when I'm not home.
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:35 PM GMT
    I've recycled for years; I'm working on the light bulbs; I drive a compact Ford Fucus; I take left over food from catering events to feeding shelters; I fill my own bottles with Brita filtered water.

    I agree that we all should be looking to change ourselves to decrease our negative impact on the globe.

    My newest thing is to eliminate glass from my grocery and alcohol purchases. It takes longer to rycycle glass than aluminum, and it costs less to transport the same quantity of beer in cans over beer in bottles (because of the weight of the glass).
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    Sep 17, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    I have not touched a gas pump in about 3.5 months! I bike to work everyday! icon_biggrin.gif and plan to keep it this way. I just need to drive to the grocerie store thats all!
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    Sep 17, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    I attend college ONLINE!

    No commute. No buildings and parking lots ablaze all night long. No hard copy books... actually a LOT less paper.

    Electricity is a renewable resource and so is my mind. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 17, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    Recycle, compost, cycle to work, Tesco delivers the shopping, so less vehicles on the road. Try to buy products that are in seasonal rather than having buy produce that has been flown half way around the world.

    Energy comes from a green supplier, house is fully insulated. Always try to find an alernative to flying when going abroad, like eurostar.

    Energy efficent light bulbs, never take a bag from a store, always have one with me. Only boil the right amoint of water to boil and cup of tea.

    That was rather a mixed jumble of things, but i try and be green wherever I can!

    One of the very obvious rewards of being green are it saves lots of money, in heating and energy bills.

    Oh and I don't eat meat, that is a green factor.
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    Sep 17, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Thanks for sharing the video, man-- there's some pretty infuriating footage in there.

    Recycle, bring my own bag, filtered or tap water, got the light bulbs and keep them off whenever possible, minimize air conditioning, turn off/unplug appliances while I'm away (a lot of them consume power when plugged in, even if they're off). I also bike everywhere. Right now trying to buy more local produce and as much as possible avoid buying plastic I can't recycle.

    jc_online-- didn't know that about glass-- anyone else got any tips?
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    Sep 17, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    I gave the Barista at Starbucks shit (Not really shit I can't yell at them there so nice where I go) the other day for double cupping I gave the one back and asked for a sleeve.

    And I traded in the gas gussler in march my parents had handed down to me and replaced it with a Yaris which is the most enviro friendly non-hybrid car.

    I'm slowly trying to do my part. It's all learning where certain waste goes and making it a habbit in your daily life.

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    Sep 17, 2008 7:39 PM GMT
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    Sep 17, 2008 8:17 PM GMT
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    She sure is
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    Sep 17, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    I dated a guy in California who was into saving the "wetlands". I told him that in the South we called them swamps. And with smelly swamps you drain and dredge them. He didn't appreciate that. Sorry Paolo.

    But yeah, I do all sorts of "green" things. Recycle, compost, aggressively manage water use, avoid plastic purchases as much as possible, etc.

    About nine months ago I heard that scientists at Cornell University had developed plastics for consumer goods/packaging that was made from ORANGE OIL. So, in essence it was bio-degradable. I don't think it's in commercial production yet. Maybe soon.
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    Sep 17, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    I enjoyed reading what you guys had to say. Thanks, today when I was down at the river...a place I like to go for my walks...in the nude....lol I picked up some trash along the way. If everyone would reach down and pick up some trash...things could sure look a lot better!

    :-)
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    Sep 17, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    So far Electric cars weigh around twice what an economical gas car does. That means regardless of what the energy cost is an electric car uses 2x as much energy. "Green" has become another religion.You will never find much "truth" in religious dogmas.
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    Sep 17, 2008 10:39 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidSo far Electric cars weigh around twice what an economical gas car does. That means regardless of what the energy cost is an electric car uses 2x as much energy. "Green" has become another religion.You will never find much "truth" in religious dogmas.


    I wasn't talking about any religion so try not to mix the two. I just simply wanted to know if anyone really cares about the planet.....I mean no one really wants to talk about it??

    Seems like most just wants to talk about the same old crap!

    Just conserve a little....


    Ok...so what is the truth.....??
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    Sep 18, 2008 12:20 PM GMT
    We have been green for as long as we have been together and before that I was green as I could be. Since I lived most of my adult life in the western USA, I learned a long time ago how to conserve water. We have not bought an energy saving car yet but we are waiting for one to come out that will be really efficient, not like the Prius. However, our car is over 6 years old and has only about 35,000 kilometres. That is because I ride my bike just about everywhere I go and my partner and I walk to places of entertainment like into the city for dinner or if we want to go to the big city then we take the Cercanias, that is, our mass transit. We recycle nearly everything and only take one grocery bag of waste to the bins once a week. I also try to pick up waste at the beach and I bring home recyclables in my back pack and throw the rest in the bins. The good thing about trying to conserve on energy is our bills our very low. The utility companies have sent guys over to our place trying to figure out how we are stealing their energy. They can not seem to believe that two people can live very comfortably on the energy we use.

    Probably the worst thing we do for the environment is we fly to our holiday destinations. However, last year the AVE train line was completed into Malaga and so now we can take it to about any destination in Europe we would want to go. It travels so fast that it goes to Madrid in 2 and one half hours and a plane including travel and security checks at the airport would be a minimum of 4 hours.

    There are always going to be problems with the paths we choose to take for the planet but the difference is that we are trying to make a difference, not just sitting back and letting others save our asses for us.
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    Sep 18, 2008 12:43 PM GMT
    I make a conscious effort to avoid printing out documents at work and I bring my empty soda cans home with me so I can recycle them. For my daily 58 mile commute, I no longer road rage but instead drive very VERY conversatively (I upped my per tank mpg from 25-27 to 30-32) and I try to telecommute once a week (schedule permitting). Like the hot guy above, the car stays home for jaunts around town.
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    Sep 18, 2008 12:55 PM GMT
    Azstreaker saidIf everyone would reach down and pick up some trash...things could sure look a lot better!

    :-)
    I tried, but he didn't co-operate icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 18, 2008 1:23 PM GMT
    Azstreaker saidI enjoyed reading what you guys had to say. Thanks, today when I was down at the river...a place I like to go for my walks...in the nude....lol I picked up some trash along the way. If everyone would reach down and pick up some trash...things could sure look a lot better!

    :-)


    By not wearing clothes, that's a green move right there too! And a good site to see!

    Last year I bought a camelback bottle and I havent had to buy a bottle of water since. I tinted all the windows in the house to save on heating and A/C. I reduced my cleaning supplies and I try to purchase enviro-friendly versions of them now. No more paper towels. Compost.

    Forget the A/C, just get naked!
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    Sep 18, 2008 1:43 PM GMT
    I tend to do what I can. I bought a bottle of Poland Spring water about 18 months ago, and have been using that bottle (with two others) ever since. When I bought my car, I gave serious consideration of the carbon footprint. Although my car isn't a hybrid, the 'green' aspects were well thought out as it uses less metal, more of the plastics used in the car are either or both made of recyclable or recycled materials, it gets high mileage and since it isn't electric, it has no batteries that are made of toxic materials (a point not mentioned in current electric and hybrid cars.)
    I recycle everything I can given resources available.
    I do things at home regarding energy use and conservation that are within my ability to control.
    I'm conscious of the chemicals I use at home (detergents, solvents, insecticides, other household/workshop) and use them carefully, sparingly, and properly.
    I'm trying to reduce paper use as well.

    What I don't do that I could improve upon is remaining a carnivore. I've tried vegetarian diets but I still find them unsatisfying (physically, gastronomically, and financially) over any extended period. While I admire those who can do it, it doesn't seem to work for me.
    The other thing is lighting. I hate the color radiated from the low wattage flourescent [incandescent replacements]. Although they've improved this, it isn't close to what I need as a suitable light source for color (K).
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    Sep 18, 2008 2:25 PM GMT
    I use cloth bags when I shop and when I go get plastic grocery bags I use them for other things until they are worn out, then I recycle them.

    I got my roommate started with the city's recycling program.

    I plan my trips around town to minimize time and amount of gas used.

    I conserve water as much as possible and don't buy bottled water.

    I use the new energy efficient light bulbs and keep them off along with all electronics, as much as possible.

    I adjusted the HVAC to run less and will be installing a new, more efficient, digital, programmable thermostat and I use fans to help cut back on the HVAC use even more.

    I am trying to get my company to participate in a recycling program (not going too well) as we use TONS of paper.
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    Sep 18, 2008 2:43 PM GMT
    I still take public transport and walk, rather than driving or taking a cab. I recycle plastic bags, etc.
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    Sep 20, 2008 8:02 AM GMT
    I wish the world could be better NOW!!!


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    Sep 20, 2008 8:27 AM GMT
    What exactly does "Save the Planet" mean? I know it is all the rage, but what does it really mean? The planet does not care if we are hot or cold. It has been both many times over the billions of years it has been in existence. If we freeze over or become a hothouse, how or why would the "planet" care? It is a huge mass circling the sun created by gravity that will eventually fall into the sun. It has been peppered by astroids and comets, it has been liquid then solid, it has seen species come and go, and yet the "planet" happily does what it always does, revolve around the sun in increasingly smaller circles. So what does "Save the Planet" really mean?

    Does "Save the Planet" really mean save our asses so that we can live here? Then why not say so? Save the planet for humans? Not so noble. Then it seems so greedy. Save the planet so that I, human, can still exist here. Like the planet cares. Dinasaurs died, the planet did just fine, thank you. 99% of life that ever existed on this planet has died, the planet did just fine, thank you. The planet does not care. If humans die off, the planet will be just fine. So why not just be real? SAVE THE HUMANS!!! As if the planet cares.
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    Sep 20, 2008 8:33 AM GMT
    For the record, I work from home by choice and sacrifice, so I do not commute. I cause zero emmissions to and from work from my bedroom to my home office. I do not drive to work at all.

    I switched all my bulbs in every light years ago. I live off the grid with solar powered everything.

    I buy only used/recycled clothes.

    I am a vegetarian. No beef or cattle or chicken industry.

    I walk or bike everywhere. When I do drive a car, it is rare and necessary.

    I recycle everything. Everything. I put out trash every few months if that.