Sunday, April 22, 2007

Earth Day 2007

From the Earth Day Website come these strong words:

TAKE ACTION: Each Earth Day - Cut back or go completely without man-made energy!
On April 22 Create benefits to nature and change policy - through your actions
NOTE: 2007 is the last year Earth Day Energy Fast will call for these type of actions on April 22. A unified date for Earth Day needs to be seleced (EDEF has suggested the northern hemisphere Summer Solstice - June 21/22). It is time for much more radical policies and actions to address the coming series of disasters climate change is already manifesting. EDEF had the right approach, but tired and weak Earth Day and environmental leadership failed to use it, and it seems like mere tokenism now given the colossal scale of human behavioral changes needed.

I'm home, doing laundry in cold water. Lights are off. After laundry is done, I need to walk over to the nail salon and get my nails done. Yesterday, I walked to the grocery store for a few necessary items. And I am wondering: since today is the 37th anniversary of Earth Day, and our climate crisis has gotten worse, what will it actually take for people to make the drastic changes necessary? And what am I doing differently?

My light bulbs are energy efficient compact fluorescents; I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid; I recycle. But I'm not going to stop traveling. It's just my passion. So where is my solution?

I can purchase energy offsets. Hey, it's a start!


Thorne said...

You are living your solution, Jood! Those of us who are aware, continue to do so. The big picture is about all of us making wise and informed choices and taking responsibility for them, rather than simply consuming and using without thought. It's important that we remember that we are part of our mother's ecosystem. We are not to leave no footprints, just to tread lightly. If we all did this, I feel sure our impact would lessen significantly.

Peacechick Mary said...

I'm hoping more people will wake up and do the things you are doing. We are installing a graywater reclamation system this weekend - or at least getting the project started. It's a lot more than I thought it would be.

Yoga Korunta said...

Happy Earth Day to you, too! I continually reduce consumption but must travel.

DivaJood said...

Thorne, purchasing energy offsets is quite simple. And I'm glad I did it.

PC Mary, that's really ambitious! Good on you.

Hi Yoga. Happy Earth Day.

robin andrea said...

We've been talking about doing a gray-water reclamation system as well. It's a nice counter part to our rainwater collection. We're working on lessening our energy footprint. Now that the sun has returned, our passive solar house will be warming up naturally.

I think what you do, divajood, is pretty spectacular.