Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day 2009. The goal is to have bloggers from around the world focus on one issue. The topic this year is “Climate Change”. Even The White House Blog and Prime Minister Gordon Brown are participating. Roo wrote about the enormous positive impact he and Peter experienced by not using their dishwasher. And recently, Morgan wrote about a lifetime of hanging laundry out to dry and her feeling of being a bit of an eco-warrior - or anarchist!

So what do we do to try to lessen our carbon footprint and stop ticking off Mother Nature? Lots of little things: Bringing our own reusable shopping bags to stores; using cloth napkins; keeping the heat low at 54F (12C) overnight and no higher than 64F (18C) during the day; replacing old appliances with efficient EnergyStar ones; line drying laundry; getting our furnace cleaned and serviced every year; combining multiple errands in one car trip; and making sure our car is serviced and the tires properly inflated. Those are the ones that come to mind. No single action by one individual suddenly gets us “back to the garden”. But all those small actions, done repeatedly, by millions of people do add up into something which begins to draw a glimmer of a smile from Mother Nature. Let’s keep up the good work!

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