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Going Green! It wasn't the Exxon Valdez captain's driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours. (Greenpeace Quote)

So, ever since I was a kid I've always been connected to our environment. To this day I love to hike, bike and run in the outdoors. I sometimes even take a polar bear dip in Barton Springs .... even in the winter time


The United States of America has always been blessed with an abundance of fertile and endless resources. In time we have learned to travel down a path of what I would like to call excessive use. It dates back to years ago when our land was so abundant we simply used up resources as if they were endless. Buffalo used to be so abundant in the west, settlers would shoot them for fun because it appeared there was an endless supply. Water is still to this day something that is wasted watering lawns in Las Vegas. Gas is sucked down with our SUVs and yachts. Okay we all know that I don't have a yacht.... Some of us recall when we used to be able to leave the hose on all day and play in the water or maybe roast some marshmallows on the gasoline fire "just fer the hell of it"(hey I live in the south!)... these days are coming to an end. Nowadays smart buildings, green homes, efficiency toilets and showers, energy saving lightbulbs and many other eco products are finally starting to pop up everywhere we turn. This is a good thing.....

What are you doing to make a change? Do you live close enough to work that you might be able to ride? Do you need to take a bath every night? Must you not recycle because it isn't an option in your neighborhood? Do you feel like your impact is so little that you ought not change your ways? Do you have to do so much laundry? Do you really need to dry clean everything? Must you always get plastic silverware every time you have lunch? Do you really need plastic bags? Why don't you buy reusable bags at the grocery store?

Okay anyway, enough of my bickering, the point is how conscious are we? I see people every day, that really aren't aware of what they consume. They are very oblivious, and I think it comes down to a lack of knowledge, we only focus on what we want to, or what's important to us. If we prioritize what's important in our world, we focus in on these things and make them better. If we can show one another this is very important, we are moving closer towards a more conscious society of people that care for our surroundings. Al Gore helped make this a global concern and did a great job at spreading awareness. You see, politicians actually do serve a purpose!

So anyway, we all can make an effort. If you can't afford the latest trendy contraption that turns your dog excrement into reusable laundry detergent, maybe you should start with the small things. Start with when you wake up. How many lights are on? Did they need to be on? How about that extra PC sitting in the den that is constantly on even though you are chained to your work laptop every night? How about those long showers? Do you really need as much pressure as a fire hose to clean out your ears, or maybe you could adjust the setting, or splurge $20 at Home Depot and save yourself some usage? Have you considered carpooling to the office? Hey how about this one, do you really need a fresh Styrofoam or paper cup for your 4,000th cup of coffee today? In fact, maybe you should take it easy on the coffee? How about green tea?

Okay maybe you catch my drift.... I have plenty to learn. A few things I've done, I try not to use plastics and paper products in the office. My housing complex doesn't offer recycling, my girlfriend took matters into her own hands and got the city to give us a few recycle bins. I try to ride my bike to work as much as I can. I try not to waste, and I try and look for things all the time that might be doing the world a favor in the long run. Karma comes back to us, give back to a world that's already given you so much.....

Make an effort, if you truly care enough. This is a global matter, and it's our job to point this country in a new direction!

Check out this video...


Sincerely,
Dan McGreevy - Environmental Enthusiast
360training.com - Austin, Texas, USA
www.epacampus.com

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Comment by Dan McGreevy on February 8, 2009 at 11:21pm
Very interesting, thanks for the comments, I'm going to study up on my nuclear knowledge!
Comment by Matt Blake on February 6, 2009 at 3:36pm
From the Washington Post:

Going Nuclear
A Green Makes the Case

By Patrick Moore
Sunday, April 16, 2006; Page B01

In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change.
Comment by Matt Blake on February 5, 2009 at 1:09pm
You obviously have a lot of passion for our environment. I suggest that you channel some of that passion towards support for nuclear power, the most environmentally friendly form of energy production known to man (or woman). Even Green Peace supports nuclear power!

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